Coin Specifications

Category: Gold Dollars (1849-1889)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 10,000
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 1.6700g
AGW: 0.0484oz
Melt Value: $72.16 (10/18/2019)
Diameter: 15mm
Edge: Reeded
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1857 S G$1 MS obverse 1857 S G$1 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

This is a surprisingly scarce date in higher grades. The San Francisco Mint was concentrating on the production of double eagles at the time, and just 10,000 gold dollars were coined. Like most early S-Mint coinage, nearly all of these gold dollars immediately entered circulation. Probably not more than a couple dozen Mint State examples have survived, indicating the rarity of Choice AU and near-Mint coins such as this one.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/14/2019

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1857 S G$1 MS
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Base $ 225 290 390 665 985 1250 1460 2050 3650 5800 7500 11500 20000 26500 - - - - - -
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 116
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 64

The chart showing VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1857 S G$1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----321313132134110411------116
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Total----321313132234110411------117
 ----3 %2 %11 %11 %11 %19 %29 %1 %9 %3 %1 %1 %------ 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
3/16/1996 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 1996 Mid-Winter ANA Signature Sale #153, 153/Lot# 6540 $1,100.00
5/13/1996 PCGS VF 25   Teletrade Auction 0840, 840/Lot# 904 $316.50
5/25/2008 NGC AU 58   Goldberg May 25-27, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 47/Lot# 4528 $2,415.00
8/26/2010 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 509, 516/Lot# 5493 $1,495.00
10/17/2012 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 5285 $2,467.50
6/5/2013 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2013 June 5 - 9 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(7), 1186/Lot# 8831 $705.00
9/7/2014 NGC   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/07/2014, 191/Lot# 215430 $487.00
1/6/2016 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2016 January 6 - 11 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Tampa Session(6), 1231/Lot# 6333 $1,527.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1857 G$1 MS S
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base65067480297413511692181419282094249533034080456554666820759780068512904195931037811208
65871785911001465173318521983222827643562424248655917707977338175868892259855106550
0000001852198322282764356242424865591770797733817586889225985500
00000018902039236130343821440351666369733878708343886594091011600
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 5466
Owner: Desert Gold
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 3303
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
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