Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dollars (1840-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 423,700
Catalog: KM-100
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 26.7300g
ASW: 0.7734oz
Melt Value: $12.47 (12/19/2014)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1869 S$1 MS obverse 1869 S$1 MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

At 423,700 business strikes, the 1869 Liberty Seated dollar is on the high side among series mintages. Whatever happened to most of those coins is quite a mystery. Q. David Bowers notes in his Silver Dollars and Trade Dollars of the United States: A Complete Encyclopedia: 'In The Gobrecht Journal, March 1986, Harry E. Salyards, M.D. contributed 'Rarity of the 1869 Dollar,' which told of his survey of 57 different coins which appeared in 128 auction sales, 1975-1985. He noted that ? 36 Proofs [of just 600 made] appeared in comparison to only 23 business strikes. The latter broke down to eight Uncirculated coins and 14 in lesser grades.'

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 12/8/2014

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1869 S$1 MS
Base $ 295 350 400 490 775 775 1150 1375 1800 2100 2600 3500 4350 5750 12750 83500 130000 - - - -
$ 850 1250 1475 1900 2300 2850 3850 4900 6250 16000 95000 - - -
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Total Graded: 123
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 65

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Auction Prices Realized

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12/11/1996 PCGS VF 25   Teletrade Auction 0901, 901/Lot# 1581 $218.00
1/25/2004 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg January 25-28, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 23/Lot# 2565 $11,212.50
10/22/2007 NGC MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 188, 194/Lot# 8556 $4,312.50
12/4/2008 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2008 December Houston, TX Signature Coin Auction #1118, 1118/Lot# 8172 $718.75
3/17/2011 NGC Details XF Details  Heritage Auctions 2011 March Sacramento Signature ANA US Coin Auction Session(4), 1153/Lot# 8546 $391.00
3/25/2012 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131214/Lot# 24497 $747.50
2/10/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/10/2013, 61/Lot# 99893 $440.00
6/3/2014 PCGS   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 4132 $376.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1869 S$1 MS
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Grade: MS 60
Points: 1707
Owner: ddr70
Grade: AU 58
Points: 1609
Owner: Tweed Collection
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