Coin Specifications

Category: Gold Dollars (1849-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 2,045,351
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 1.6700g
AGW: 0.0484oz
Melt Value: $62.79 (9/22/2017)
Diameter: 13mm
Edge: Reeded
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1852 G$1 MS obverse 1852 G$1 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

When Alexander Hamilton created the original text that became the Mint Act of 1792, he recommended a bi-metallic standard including both gold and silver. The unit of this coinage system was the dollar, which he envisioned would be struck in both metals. Hamilton specifically recommended a gold piece of 10 dollars, another of one dollar, a silver piece of one dollar, a silver dime or disme, a copper cent, and a copper half cent. As we know, Congress did not actually include the gold dollar in the Mint Act of 1792, and it would be nearly 60 years before the gold dollar actually became a reality. Gold dollars and double eagles were authorized by Congress in 1849, partly to provide additional uses for all of the California gold that began to make its way to world markets.

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Last Updated: 8/29/2017

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1852 G$1 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 4137
Low Grade: 40
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 68


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5/30/2005 PCGS AU 55   Goldberg May 30 - June 16, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 31/Lot# 744 $161.00
3/29/2006 NGC AU 58   Teletrade Auction 2181, 2181/Lot# 1859 $212.80
7/24/2011 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131131/Lot# 24360 $149.50
7/22/2012 NGC Details UNC Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/22/2012, 32/Lot# 48945 $277.20
1/9/2013 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(9), 1181/Lot# 12640 $822.50
5/12/2013 PCGS AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 751, 760/Lot# 758 $290.00
6/4/2014 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2014 June 4 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1206/Lot# 5514 $1,880.00
  PCGS MS 62   Bonhams $444.00
7/17/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers July 2015 Baltimore Auction, 6105/Lot# 6002 $1,292.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1852 G$1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base23025527830439552753955157258660762075410811488204833494431654593231393021102
23826228633443953154355857659361166486312161674248137095135747110858163200
0000005435585765936116648631216167424813709513574711085800
0000005475655816006157099721352186129154070584083971239400
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 2048
Owner: BillJones
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 607
Owner: B.L. Birdy
 
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