Coin Specifications

Category: Gold Dollars (1849-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 688,567
Catalog: KM-73
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 1.6720g
AGW: 0.0484oz
Melt Value: $64.02 (7/23/2016)
Diameter: 13mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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: 5/19/2016

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1849 OPEN WREATH G$1 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 130 140 175 220 285 325 350 360 450 675 785 925 1400 2050 5100 12400 28000 - - -
$ - - - 370 525 - 825 1050 1550 2300 6200 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 963
Low Grade: 40
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66


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7/22/1996 PCGS AU 55   Teletrade Auction 0860, 860/Lot# 1876 $189.90
9/15/2003 NGC MS 63   Prooflike Goldberg September 15-17, 2003 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 21/Lot# 1039 $1,438.00
4/16/2009 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 361, 367/Lot# 6317 $1,380.00
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
5/26/2013 NGC MS 61   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/26/2013, 76/Lot# 106433 $594.00
10/8/2014 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2014 October 8 - 13 PNG New York Invitational US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(6), 1210/Lot# 8772 $282.00
2/26/2015 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2015 February 26 - March 1 PNG Dallas Invitational US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(4), 1218/Lot# 7966 $822.50


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 Collection
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 789
Owner: Michael C Jones
 
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