Coin Specifications

Category: Gold Dollars (1849-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 2,045,351
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: $63.52 (8/30/2016)
Diameter: 13mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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.

Description and Analysis courtesy of Heritage Auctions and may not be republished without written permission.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/19/2016

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1852 G$1 MS
Base $ 130 140 175 220 260 295 335 340 350 385 475 510 725 1350 5100 8250 32500 95000 185000 -
$ - - - 345 365 - 500 600 850 1775 7350 11000 - -

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Total Graded: 4100
Low Grade: 40
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 68

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6/7/2004 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2004 June Long Beach Bullet Sale #350, 350/Lot# 894 $184.00
5/27/2012 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg May 27-31, 2012 The May Pre-Long Beach Auction, 69/Lot# 1907 $541.65
3/11/2013 NGC Details AU Details  Teletrade Auction 3421, 3421/Lot# 2650 $150.00
8/4/2013 NGC MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/04/2013, 86/Lot# 131264 $650.83
1/8/2014 NGC XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(1), 1201/Lot# 3131 $282.00
1/8/2014 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(1), 1201/Lot# 3117 $587.50
6/29/2014 PCGS MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 810, 819/Lot# 224 $540.00
  PCGS MS 62   Bonhams $444.00
11/10/2015 PCGS AU 58   Stack's Bowers November 2015 Baltimore, 6110/Lot# 26711 $211.50

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1852 G$1 MS
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 2048
Owner: BillJones
Grade: MS 63
Points: 1488
Owner: GregLach
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