Coin Specifications

Category: Gold Commemoratives (1903-1926)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 10,000
Obverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Reverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 1.6720g
AGW: 0.0484oz
Melt Value: $91.07 (10/31/2020)
Diameter: 15mm
Edge: Reeded
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1905 LEWIS & CLARK G$1 MS obverse 1905 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: 4/3/2020

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1905 G$1 LEWIS & CLARK MS
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Base $ - - - 625 650 725 750 800 825 850 875 900 1475 2350 5250 11250 45000 - - -
$ 675 735 765 - 835 - - 950 2000 3250 8750 12500 - -
1905 G$1 LEWIS & CLARK MS PL
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 2000 2700 3850 - 16000 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1245
Low Grade: 40
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 68

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/27/2020 1905 G$1 LEWIS & CLARK MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----112421797972342253861224931--1232
--------------11421----18
--------------1824----15
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Total-----112421797972342274081265431--1265
 -----0%0%0%0%2%6%1%8%18%18%32%10%4%0%0%-- 
1905 G$1 LEWIS & CLARK MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------525-1----13
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Total-------------525-1----13
 -------------38%15%38%-8%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1905 G$1 LEWIS & CLARK MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base13911434147615211531169717741738177917991876205121132233250636995973725010895152031630320094
1405144814911524158617231774175217861825193420722153232429044457639984651233115570175670
000000177417521786182519342072215323242904445763998465123311557000
000000177417651792185019932092219324153301521568249680137671593600
1905 G$1 LEWIS & CLARK MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base13151356139714401450160916831649168717071781194920092124238835415747698910542147511582619537
1329137014111443150316341683166216941732183719692047221227724276616181731194515109170630
000000168316621694173218371969204722122772427661618173119451510900
000000168316741700175618931989208623003157501265759358133481546800
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