Coin Specifications

Category: Gold Dollars (1849-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 774,789
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 1.6700g
AGW: 0.0484oz
Melt Value: $72.21 (10/18/2019)
Diameter: 15mm
Edge: Reeded
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1857 G$1 MS obverse 1857 G$1 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

While even Superb Gem Type Three dollars from late in the Indian Head series (1874-1889) are found with some frequency, the 1857 gold dollar in Superb Gem or finer is another matter entirely. Numismatists, as well as the collecting public who occasionally laid aside a nice coin, likely knew from the mid-1870s onward that the series was eventually doomed. The signs were clear: The last sizeable mintage occurred in 1874, with most of the subsequent emissions on the far side of minuscule, the coins did not circulate but were popular as souvenirs, and the Morgan dollar mintage started in 1878, obviating the need for a duplicate gold denomination.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/14/2019

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1857 G$1 MS
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Base $ 130 140 200 230 260 265 275 340 390 420 495 585 825 1150 4000 5200 19450 57500 - -
$ - - - - - - - - 850 1550 4550 - 25000 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1394
Low Grade: 45
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 66

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1857 G$1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------452112637432354328973797----1394
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Total------452112637432354328993897----1397
 ------0 %0 %2 %9 %27 %2 %25 %23 %7 %3 %1 %1 %---- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
8/7/1998 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 1998 ANA Signature Sale #190, 190/Lot# 7491 $3,565.00
7/21/1999 NGC AU 58   Teletrade Auction 1189, 1189/Lot# 1822 $189.90
10/25/2004 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #17, 21/Lot# 349 $1,495.00
5/28/2006 PCGS AU 55   Goldberg May 28-31, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 36/Lot# 571 $207.00
4/28/2010 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2010 April-May Milwaukee, WI CSNS US Coin Auction #1139, 1139/Lot# 9642 $488.75
5/27/2012 NGC MS 61   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 19995/Lot# 1205 $468.00
10/17/2012 PCGS MS 61   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 25142 $692.30
3/9/2014 NGC MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/09/2014, 167/Lot# 176048 $478.50
2/12/2017 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131708/Lot# 25415 $235.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1857 G$1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base43445047762068474574975477489197410211131125215311843344738856747100741088711747
4394595256417047467517618139199901058117113451635237835934839785610345111740
000000751761813919990105811711345163523783593483978561034500
0000007527678529461005109412121438173929123739579389651061600
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 1531
Owner: Hugh Stiel Rare Coins
 
Grade: MS 62
Points: 1252
Owner: Weezie Belle
 
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