Coin Specifications

Category: Gold Dollars (1849-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 688,567
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 1.6700g
AGW: 0.0484oz
Melt Value: $62.61 (9/21/2017)
Diameter: 13mm
Edge: Reeded
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1849 OPEN WREATH G$1 MS obverse 1849 OPEN WREATH G$1 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Breen-6001. This Open Wreath variant also has the L initial (for designer James Longacre) prominently punched on the truncation of the neck. The Breen reference calls this and the 6002 listing 'Small Head' varieties. Several years ago, John Dannreuther proved conclusively that the head is not actually smaller than on the so-called 'Large Head' varieties. Instead, Longacre moved the stars inward on a later hub modification, thus giving the optical illusion of a larger head on that hub and subsequent dies.

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Last Updated: 8/29/2017

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1849 OPEN WREATH G$1 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 130 140 175 220 275 325 330 345 410 550 625 885 1250 1700 4900 12500 28000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 925 1350 2150 6000 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 986
Low Grade: 40
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66


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10/25/2004 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #17, 21/Lot# 348 $1,207.50
5/27/2007 NGC MS 63   Goldberg May 27-30, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 41/Lot# 1442 $1,092.50
9/5/2010 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Teletrade Auction 2919, 2919/Lot# 3150 $172.50
2/2/2012 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2012 February 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(3), 1167/Lot# 4581 $1,035.00
4/1/2012 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131215/Lot# 26546 $218.50
10/17/2012 PCGS MS 63   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 5262 $1,586.25
12/5/2013 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2013 December 5 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(6), 1192/Lot# 9338 $646.25
4/20/2014 NGC MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/20/2014, 186/Lot# 188718 $826.10
3/3/2016 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2016 March 3 - 6 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(2), 1233/Lot# 4377 $1,116.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1849 OPEN WREATH G$1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base230255278304409539551563653709789838101315052048255536015357781711583174091
238262286339452543555593671735805896117716862217290341866177907213525174090
00000055559367173580589611771686221729034186617790721352500
000000559623690762821954134118672386325247716997103271546700
1849 OPEN WREATH G$1 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base24426829532045058660262075283394510131066165821972781381741414431469449355158
25227730336349559160866477987096710301263183723913126392542374518477450090
00000060866477987096710301263183723913126392542374518477400
00000061470880690799010481460201725863471403343344606485400
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 2555
Owner: Electric Peak
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 789
Owner: Michael Jones
 
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