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: $62.79 (9/22/2017)
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: 147
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 62


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Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
4/12/2000 PCGS AU 50   Teletrade Auction 1295, 1295/Lot# 2031 $2,532.00
9/15/2003 NGC AU 58   Goldberg September 15-17, 2003 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 21/Lot# 1054 $6,613.00
7/27/2013 NGC AU 50   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 5040 $940.00
7/28/2013 PCGS XF 40   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/28/2013, 85/Lot# 116678 $1,512.50
3/28/2014 PCGS AU 58   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 6164 $6,462.50
3/27/2015 NGC AU 55   Stack's Bowers March 2015 Baltimore, 6065/Lot# 7327 $3,290.00
2/4/2016 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2016 February 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(1), 1232/Lot# 3340 $4,935.00
9/7/2016 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2016 September 7 - 11 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(3), 1239/Lot# 4420 $1,997.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1857 C G$1 MS
 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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