Coin Specifications

Category: Gold Commemoratives (1903-1926)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 9,997
Obverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Reverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 1.6720g
AGW: 0.0484oz
Melt Value: $72.29 (10/17/2019)
Diameter: 15mm
Edge: Reeded
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1904 LEWIS & CLARK G$1 MS obverse 1904 LEWIS & CLARK G$1 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Lewis and Clark were the trailblazers of the 19th century, making it possible for others to push the limits of American expansion all the way to the west coast. Their explorations of the west from 1804 to 1806 were honored 100 years later with the issuing of gold dollar coins commemorating their discoveries. A bill passed on April 13th, 1904 called for the minting of a maximum of 250,000 gold dollars that would bear the likeness of the two explorers.

U.S. Mint Chief Engraver Charles Barber was chosen to design the coin, and to this date, it remains the only two-headed coin the U.S. has ever struck. The obverse bears a portrait of Lewis, and the reverse Clark. Statutory legends surround the portraits on both sides: LEWIS-CLARK EXPOSITION PORTLAND ORE. on the obverse, and UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and ONE DOLLAR on the reverse. The date appears below Lewis’ portrait.

In September of 1904, 25,000 coins dated 1904 were struck at the Philadelphia Mint, which was odd considering the celebratory fair didn’t open until mid-1905. While noted numismatic entrepreneur Farran Zerbe enthusiastically promoted the coins, collector interest was pretty low overall. Few bothered or cared to even bother with the 1905 issue either, even though 35,000 had been struck. In the end, 15,003 of the 1904 and 25,000 of the 1905 issues were melted, leaving net mintages of just 9,997 and 10,000 respectively. Many were sold to non-collectors and were therefore not handled properly, making these coins very difficult to locate in mint state.


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Last Updated: 9/6/2019

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1904 LEWIS & CLARK G$1 MS
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Base $ - - - 640 715 780 795 810 950 1000 1030 1140 1210 2025 3625 7200 10750 60000 - -
$ - - - 875 975 - 1100 1200 1500 2300 4900 8750 27000 -
1904 LEWIS & CLARK G$1 MS Prooflike
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 2500 3375 - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1233
Low Grade: 45
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67

The chart showing 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1904 LEWIS & CLARK G$1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------113165096616418739919110321---1211
---------------551261--29
-------------1-4791---22
-----------------12---3
Total------1131650966165187408203125301--1265
 ------0 %0 %0 %1 %4 %1 %5 %13 %15 %32 %16 %10 %2 %0 %-- 
1904 LEWIS & CLARK G$1 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------34771-----22
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---------------1------1
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Total------------34781-----23
 ------------13 %17 %30 %35 %4 %----- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
8/14/1995 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 1995 Pre-ANAheim Bullet Sale #140, 140/Lot# 324 $990.00
1/18/2007 NGC AU 58   Teletrade Auction 2315, 2315/Lot# 1329 $1,036.00
5/24/2009 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg May 24-27, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 53/Lot# 1438 $4,830.00
12/3/2009 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Heritage Auctions "2009 December Houston, TX US Coin Auction Session(4)", 1132/Lot# 9491 $575.00
6/17/2010 NGC AU 50   Stack's Bowers The June 2010 Baltimore Auction, 41/Lot# 3340 $312.80
7/22/2012 PCGS MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/22/2012, 32/Lot# 61683 $3,960.00
12/16/2012 PCGS MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/16/2012, 53/Lot# 87442 $1,817.20
2/10/2013 PCGS MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 738, 747/Lot# 1383 $1,675.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1904 G$1 MS LEWIS & CLARK Prooflike
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Base1189122512641304139715891644162816441671174918761931204623523052448753877586109251175614753
120112381277133514611607164416331653169717911894196921482585353047876120869911202127550
00000016441633165316971791189419692148258535304787612086991120200
00000016441639166217231834191320082250281940095087685398121147900
1904 G$1 MS LEWIS & CLARK
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1121115611931231132115051558154215581583165817811834194522402916430451787317105711138214311
113311681206126113821523155815471566160816991799187120432465337945955891840210841123580
00000015581547156616081699179918712043246533794595589184021084100
00000015581553157516331740181619082142269138414887660494861111200
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 7317
Owner: Stephen L. Schechter Collection
 
Grade: MS 66
Points: 5178
Owner: Randy Moss
 
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