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: $72.12 (10/21/2019)
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: 6/14/2019

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1851 O G$1 MS
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Base $ 140 150 230 255 325 340 350 360 405 775 845 955 2000 4300 9000 30000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 1300 2500 4850 11500 - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 900
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 66

The chart showing VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1851 O G$1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----710232043111298161201584829151----899
-------------1--------1
---------------31-----4
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Total----710232043111298161201594832161----904
 ----1 %1 %3 %2 %5 %12 %33 %2 %13 %18 %5 %4 %2 %0 %---- 
1851 O G$1 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------1-------1
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Total--------------1-------1
 --------------100 %------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
12/12/2005 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2005 December Dallas Signature Auction #398, 398/Lot# 1048 $25,875.00
4/3/2006 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 81: The Leesburg Sale, 86/Lot# 1029 $356.50
2/10/2008 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg February 10-13, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 44/Lot# 2277 $8,912.50
2/15/2009 PCGS AU 53   Teletrade Auction 2653, 2653/Lot# 2188 $241.50
5/29/2011 PCGS MS 63   Bonhams Coins and Banknotes, 19158/Lot# 1170 $1,872.00
5/22/2011 NGC VF 30   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131122/Lot# 26370 $172.50
6/14/2011 NGC MS 62   Stack's Bowers The June 2011 Baltimore Auction, 92/Lot# 9164 $747.50
9/7/2014 NGC   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/07/2014, 191/Lot# 215435 $185.00
7/9/2015 PCGS MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2015 July 9 - 12 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Summer FUN Session(4), 1222/Lot# 7844 $616.88


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1851 G$1 MS O
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base458477502684735865877891908925997147715521663246435644935796084638989973710530
4644855637017788698828979149491157150215891930283140215943812886389238100010
000000882897914949115715021589193028314021594381288638923800
000000886902919973131715271626219731974478695282958814948800
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 2464
Owner: Coin Maven
 
Grade: MS 63
Points: 2464
Owner: JTO
 
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