Coin Specifications

Category: Gold Dollars (1849-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 4,076,051
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: $63.58 (8/30/2016)
Diameter: 13mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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: 5/19/2016

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1853 G$1 MS
Base $ 130 140 175 220 260 295 335 340 350 380 465 500 725 1125 3800 6400 22500 57500 155000 -
$ - - - 345 365 - 490 565 775 1500 4850 9750 26000 -

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Total Graded: 10749
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67

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Auction Prices Realized

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5/5/2004 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2004 May (CSNS) Signature Sale #346, 346/Lot# 8970 $977.50
5/27/2007 PCGS AU 58   Goldberg May 27-30, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 41/Lot# 531 $228.00
6/14/2009 PCGS MS 62   Teletrade Auction 2705, 2705/Lot# 2893 $414.00
8/15/2011 NGC MS 63   Stack's Bowers The August 2011 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 115/Lot# 3649 $862.50
9/4/2011 NGC MS 65   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 19251/Lot# 1092 $4,095.00
12/8/2011 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2011 December 8-11 US Coins Signature Auction- New York Session(3), 1162/Lot# 4363 $3,220.00
5/30/2012 NGC Details UNC Details  Heritage Auctions 2012 May 30- June 3 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(5), 1171/Lot# 10391 $634.80
11/18/2012 PCGS MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 726, 735/Lot# 139 $775.00
9/7/2014 NGC AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/07/2014, 191/Lot# 197731 $275.00
10/18/2015 PCGS MS 61   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131543/Lot# 27440 $305.50

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1853 G$1 MS
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 1081
Owner: K M Lust
Grade: MS 62
Points: 1081
Owner: Michael C Jones
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