Coin Specifications

Category: Gold Dollars (1849-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 774,789
Catalog: KM-86
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 1.6720g
AGW: 0.0484oz
Melt Value: $63.98 (8/27/2016)
Diameter: 15mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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: 5/19/2016

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1857 G$1 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 130 140 180 250 280 300 340 355 390 450 530 585 725 1300 4000 5750 17500 52500 - -
$ - - 345 365 410 - - 615 875 1950 4450 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1302
Low Grade: 45
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 66


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11/1/2004 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #18, 22/Lot# 321 $218.50
5/28/2006 PCGS AU 55   Goldberg May 28-31, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 36/Lot# 571 $207.00
4/11/2010 PCGS AU 58   Teletrade Auction 2836, 2836/Lot# 3312 $241.50
9/19/2010 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg September 19-21, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 60/Lot# 2745 $3,105.00
5/27/2012 NGC MS 61   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 19995/Lot# 1205 $468.00
9/30/2012 NGC Details UNC Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/30/2012, 42/Lot# 71497 $313.50
7/27/2013 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 31153 $193.88
8/12/2015 PCGS MS 68   Heritage Auctions 2015 August 12 - 16 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1223/Lot# 4255 $51,700.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1857 G$1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base24426829532039551553255157258660762067410811375170729603562503172271055215642
2522773033454355205385585765936116388091179148521243160405157638335122480
000000538558576593611638809117914852124316040515763833500
000000544565581600615656945127715962542336145416495944300
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 1127
Owner: FredFred
 
Grade: MS 62
Points: 1127
Owner: gherrmann44
 
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