Coin Specifications

Category: Gold Dollars (1849-1889)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 290,000
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 1.6700g
AGW: 0.0484oz
Melt Value: $59.82 (2/20/2017)
Diameter: 13mm
Edge: Reeded
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1851 O G$1 MS obverse 1851 O G$1 MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: As would be expected of a coin with a relatively high mintage, the 1851-O gold dollar is not extremely difficult to locate in circulated condition. It is still much rarer than its Philadelphia counterpart for the year. Mint State coins are increasingly difficult to locate in a higher state of preservation. Gem examples are very rare, and a single example has been graded MS 66 by NGC. A small group (10 to 12) of MS 64 and MS 65 coins was discovered around 2001. Most of the high-grade coins seen have good luster and golden-yellow surfaces. Interestingly, several coins have been cataloged in the distant past as Proofs. Some 1851-O gold dollars are partially Prooflike (NGC has graded one as such), but none would be considered a true Proof by modern numismatists.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/19/2016

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1851 O G$1 MS
Base $ 140 150 185 235 280 325 345 380 465 750 800 1275 2050 4500 8900 29000 - - - -
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Total Graded: 885
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 66

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
2/5/2006 NGC MS 62   Goldberg February 5-8, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 34/Lot# 845 $1,150.00
4/3/2006 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 81: The Leesburg Sale, 86/Lot# 1029 $356.50
10/3/2006 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #26102, 26102/Lot# 11845 $345.00
2/15/2010 NGC MS 62   Stack's Bowers The March 2010 Baltimore Auction, 33/Lot# 3553 $839.50
1/9/2011 PCGS MS 61   Teletrade Auction 2992, 2992/Lot# 2252 $690.00
5/29/2011 PCGS MS 63   Bonhams Coins and Banknotes, 19158/Lot# 1170 $1,872.00
8/5/2012 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131233/Lot# 22514 $305.50
9/7/2014 NGC   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/07/2014, 191/Lot# 215435 $185.00
11/14/2014 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2014 November 14 - 15 Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection Part V US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(2), 1215/Lot# 7340 $1,116.25
9/25/2016 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131640/Lot# 22138 $223.25

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1851 O G$1 MS
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 2401
Owner: Coin Maven
Grade: MS 63
Points: 2401
Owner: JTO1
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