Coin Specifications

Category: Early Dollars (1794-1804)
Mint: Philadelphia
Obverse Designer: Robert Scot
Reverse Designer: Robert Scot
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.8920
Weight: 26.9600g
ASW: 0.7731oz
Melt Value: $19.73 (4/14/2021)
Diameter: 39-40mm
Edge: Lettered
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1804 CLASS I $1 PF obverse 1804 CLASS I $1 PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

Though silver dollars were delivered during calendar year 1804, it is presumed that these were struck from dies dated 1803 or even earlier, as it was then a general practice to use dies until they failed. There was no confirmation of silver dollars dated 1804 until 1842, when an illustration of one appeared in a book co-authored by two of the U. S. Mint's own officers. Very quickly this became a must-have issue for the small number of advanced coin collectors then active in the United States, and the Mint obliged this desire in several instances over the next few years, perhaps coining them as needed. Still, the number struck was small, with just eight examples of this Class I issue known today.

Debate raged for decades over whether any of these coins had actually been produced during 1804 or solely at some later time. Technical features of the coins were clearly at odds with genuine U. S. Mint products of the 1804 period, but no definitive proof was found of their origin until 1962. At that time it was announced that a complete proof set of United States coins from half cent through eagle, all dated 1834 except for the dollar and the eagle, had surfaced in its original presentation case of the 1830s. It had been gifted to King Rama III of Siam in 1836 by American emissary Edmund Roberts, though its whereabouts between then and 1962 remained unknown. This was one of several such proof sets created during 1834 for diplomatic presentation to foreign rulers with whom the United States sought to establish trade relations. As no silver dollars nor gold eagles had been coined since 1804, the U. S. Mint decided to place that date upon the novodel pieces included alongside the 1834-dated coins.

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Last Updated: 12/22/2020

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1804 CLASS I $1 PF
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 4
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 4/13/2021 1804 CLASS I $1 PF
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NGC Registry Score 1804 CLASS I $1 PF CA
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