Coin Specifications

Category: Gold Dollars (1849-1889)
Mint: Charlotte
Mintage: 13,280
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 1.6700g
AGW: 0.0484oz
Melt Value: $76.85 (2/18/2020)
Diameter: 15mm
Edge: Reeded
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1857 C G$1 MS obverse 1857 C G$1 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis


Jeff Garrett: No Type 3 gold dollars were produced at the Charlotte Mint until 1857, and the effort turned out one of the most poorly made United States gold coins. The typical example is weakly struck, with numerous planchet flaws. I have handled coins with tiny flakes of gold literally hanging off the surfaces. In addition to terrible production quality, most pieces seen are well worn. High-grade 1857-C gold dollars are very difficult to grade and rarely offered for sale. To grade an 1857-C gold dollar properly one must consider overall surfaces and any remaining luster. High-grade 1857-C gold dollars are very rare, with just a few pieces having been graded Mint State by NGC.

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Last Updated: 1/31/2020

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1857 C G$1 MS
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Base $ 400 475 940 1475 2500 3750 4300 5000 8350 12500 16000 24500 - - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 155
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 62

The chart showing VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 2/18/2020 1857 C G$1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----46816205336264--------155
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Total----46816205336274--------156
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1857 C G$1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base95899011031649210227543068334535643817478056566248737477758191862391579715102981112411998
96910281285180023192859316034183648413850725853662375087914833588019343990910573114150
00000031603418364841385072585366237508791483358801934399091057300
000000325334913733445953646051699976418052847989799529101041084900
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 6248
Owner: Hornets Nest
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 3817
Owner: Ben McQuaide
 
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