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: $61.91 (10/24/2017)
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: 8/29/2017

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1857 C G$1 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 400 475 750 1100 1950 3400 4050 5950 8350 12500 16000 24500 - - - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 148
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 62


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
1/8/1999 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 1999 F.U.N. Signature Sale #195, 195/Lot# 7736 $8,625.00
2/12/1999 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 1999 February Long Beach Sale #197, 197/Lot# 6118 $6,325.00
4/12/2000 PCGS AU 50   Teletrade Auction 1295, 1295/Lot# 2031 $2,532.00
2/5/2006 NGC MS 60   Goldberg February 5-8, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 34/Lot# 862 $8,912.50
1/9/2013 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(9), 1181/Lot# 12678 $881.25
2/22/2013 PCGS XF 45   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 4108 $1,938.75
4/7/2013 PCGS AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/07/2013, 69/Lot# 86585 $4,950.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1857 G$1 MS C
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base949102811381477186524332727318334473952471953166248780882268660000000
975106512511606205425312879327136154208491856276768794783718660000000
0000002879327136154208491856276768794783718660000000
0000003031335937844463511759377288808785158660000000
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Grade: MS 60
Points: 5316
Owner: Hornets Nest
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 3952
Owner: FredFred
 
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