Coin Specifications

Category: Early Dollars (1794-1804)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 41,650
Obverse Designer: Robert Scot
Reverse Designer: Robert Scot
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.8920
Weight: 26.9600g
ASW: 0.7731oz
Melt Value: $21.61 (2/25/2021)
Diameter: 39-40mm
Edge: Lettered
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1802 $1 MS obverse 1802 $1 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The minting of silver dollars during 1802 was greatly reduced from the high numbers of 1798-1800, since the coins then contained more than a dollar's worth of silver. The number of newly-minted pieces that were shipped overseas to be traded at their bullion value is unknown, but the attrition rate was fairly high. While 1802 is certainly not a rare issue, the number of surviving pieces is proportionally lower than for those high mintage years. A handful of Mint State coins are available to the well-heeled collector, but most examples grade Fine or Very Fine, reflecting some limited circulation.

Of the seven die marriages for 1802 silver dollars, four are overdates that are treated in a separate entry following this one. The remaining two include the common BB-241 and the very scarce BB-242. The number of collectors seeking this series by die marriages is limited, but the latter coin will bring a premium. It's likely that many of these non-overdate 1802 dollars were coined during the following calendar year.

By tradition the 1802 varieties are classed as either Close Date or Wide Date, but these terms don't mean much on coins whose dates were punched into the dies by hand using single numeral punches.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/31/2016

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1802 $1 MS
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Base $ 1100 1300 1975 2725 5450 8300 8950 12500 17000 23000 25500 39000 84000 126000 265000 - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 385
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 45
High Grade: 65

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 2/23/2021 1802 $1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-3731103425225193228-6712135-----385
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Total-3731103425225193428-71012135-----391
 -1%2%8%26%11%13%6%5%9%7%-2%3%3%3%1%----- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1802 $1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base16581799196924482872396842904768492356566400719874878768114831314616651173970000
17051856212925893237407544494820516759046666729479149673120371431416900173970000
00000044494820516759046666729479149673120371431416900173970000
000000460948715412615269327391834110578125921548317148173970000
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 16651
Owner: FloridaFacelifter
 
Grade: F 12
Points: 2448
Owner: Durham Collection
 
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