Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dollars (1840-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 162,100
Catalog: KM-100
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 26.7300g
ASW: 0.7734oz
Melt Value: $12.90 (2/27/2015)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1868 S$1 MS obverse 1868 S$1 MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

The mintage of Seated silver dollars increased considerably in 1868 from the scant mintages of 1861-1867 that numbered only in the tens of thousands, to more than 162,000 pieces. This issue is nonetheless quite challenging in Choice Mint State, and rare in Gem condition. In fact, even circulated dollars of this issue are 'quite scarce,' according to the Bowers-Borckardt silver dollar Encyclopedia (1993), 'but because of the high mintage figure they are nearly universally overlooked by the numismatic fraternity.'

Concerning Mint State specimens, Bowers-Borckardt comments, 'The year 1868 does not come to mind immediately when one thinks of rare coins in the Liberty Seated series, but a perusal of the data, including certification service population reports, indicates that it is indeed very rare, even if it is unappreciated and overlooked. Dealer specialist Chris Napolitano stated that an MS-61 coin was the finest business strike he could locate in six years of searching.'

Description and Analysis courtesy of Heritage Auctions and may not be republished without written permission.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 12/8/2014

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1868 S$1 MS
Base $ 265 350 400 600 900 900 1330 1475 1675 2350 3050 3600 4650 7750 23000 74000 135000 - - - -
$ 1000 1400 1575 1800 2600 3300 3850 5250 9500 38000 - - - -

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Total Graded: 104
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 66

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
11/3/2005 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2005 November Dallas, TX Signature Auction #388, 388/Lot# 2224 $5,175.00
9/4/2006 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 103, 108/Lot# 205 $1,495.00
3/15/2007 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2007 ANA Charlotte National Money Show Auction, Presented by Robert Korver #432, 432/Lot# 934 $4,600.00
2/10/2008 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg February 10-13, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 44/Lot# 2910 $6,612.50
8/3/2011 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Teletrade Auction 3113, 3113/Lot# 1485 $661.25
5/25/2014 NGC VG 8   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3483, 6032/Lot# 22415 $364.25
8/31/2014 NGC   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/31/2014, 189/Lot# 147460 $650.00
10/8/2014 NGC VF 25   Heritage Auctions 2014 October 8 - 13 PNG New York Invitational US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(5), 1210/Lot# 8177 $499.38

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1868 S$1 MS
1868 S$1 MS Prooflike
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 9007
Owner: mr cool
Grade: AU 55
Points: 1549
Owner: G & R coins
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