Coin Specifications

Category: Gold Dollars (1849-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 4,076,051
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 1.6700g
AGW: 0.0484oz
Melt Value: $73.00 (9/18/2019)
Diameter: 13mm
Edge: Reeded
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1853 G$1 MS obverse 1853 G$1 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Produced in staggering numbers for the era, the 1853 (4 million pieces struck) is the most plentiful Gold Dollar from the standpoint of total number of coins extant. An argument can also be made for labeling this issue as the most common in the entire Gold Dollar series of 1849-1889. One should have little trouble locating examples in grades up to and including MS65, although coins at the Gem level are scarce when compared to the number of high grade collectors in today's hobby. The true rarity of this issue, however, does not emerge until one crosses the Superb Gem threshold.

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


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/14/2019

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1853 G$1 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 130 140 190 220 275 285 295 305 325 345 375 400 500 850 1800 3500 20000 57500 170000 -
$ - - - - 340 - - 425 625 1100 2700 4900 23000 -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 11098
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67

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, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 9/17/2019 1853 G$1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----319155029819082562648349613258441924310---11098
----------------1-----1
----------1-1361342----30
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Total----319155029819092562649349913318571974510---11129
 ----0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %3 %17 %2 %24 %31 %12 %8 %2 %0 %0 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
5/6/1994 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 1994 St. Louis Bullet Sale #119, 119/Lot# 347 $286.00
1/25/2004 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg January 25-28, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 23/Lot# 3102 $345.00
3/13/2005 PCGS MS 62   Teletrade Auction 2012, 2012/Lot# 1731 $374.00
7/24/2008 NGC MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 268, 274/Lot# 6295 $310.50
9/4/2011 NGC MS 65   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 19251/Lot# 1092 $4,095.00
4/7/2013 NGC Details UNC Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/07/2013, 69/Lot# 109643 $198.00
6/3/2014 PCGS   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 4534 $170.38
10/10/2014 PCGS MS 62   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 15728 $364.25
10/31/2014 NGC MS 63   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3506, 6060/Lot# 22369 $587.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1853 G$1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base23025527830439552753955157258660762075410811488203333494431654593131391521078
23826228633443953154355857659361166486312161669247137095135746710847163020
0000005435585765936116648631216166924713709513574671084700
0000005475655816006157099721352185129104070584083901238100
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 2033
Owner: tsevni2
 
Grade: MS 62
Points: 1081
Owner: dan shea
 
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