Coin Specifications

Category: Gold Dollars (1849-1889)
Mint: Charlotte
Mintage: 5,235
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 1.6700g
AGW: 0.0484oz
Melt Value: $72.42 (9/18/2019)
Diameter: 15mm
Edge: Reeded
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1859 C G$1 MS obverse 1859 C G$1 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis


Jeff Garrett: For the last year that gold dollars were minted at the Charlotte Mint, the pride of quality workmanship was totally absent. The 1859-C gold dollar was issued poorly struck, with numerous and assorted planchet defects. The borders are unusually broad and are always weakly struck on some portion. With the lowest mintage of all gold dollars from the Charlotte Mint, the 1859-C is scarce in all grades. Mint State coins are very rare, with the finest graded being MS 63. This coin sold for $15,275 in June, 2015. Grading poorly produced gold coins such as these can be difficult, to say the least. One must consider the remaining luster and the various planchet problems to arrive at a net grade.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/14/2019

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1859 C G$1 MS
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Base $ 500 650 1740 2825 3750 4250 4700 5125 6250 7200 8125 13300 30500 - - - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 89
Low Grade: 45
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 63

The chart showing 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 9/17/2019 1859 C G$1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------4310163348101-------89
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Total------4310163348101-------89
 ------4 %3 %11 %18 %37 %4 %9 %11 %1 %------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
2/5/2006 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg February 5-8, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 34/Lot# 870 $16,100.00
3/2/2008 NGC MS 62   Teletrade Auction 2497, 2497/Lot# 2507 $16,800.00
11/7/2011 PCGS VF 25   Heritage Auctions 2011 November 7-9 US Coins Signature Auction - Beverly Hills Session(3), 1161/Lot# 4138 $2,300.00
7/27/2013 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 31160 $827.20
7/28/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/28/2013, 85/Lot# 105706 $962.50
1/8/2014 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(5), 1201/Lot# 6382 $5,581.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1859 G$1 MS C
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base990113813331707240129603103334536573885453950495285640082001406221181323290000
10391203145819382587300831843449373341034709512856577000101541643524897323290000
00000031843449373341034709512856577000101541643524897323290000
00000032643553380943214879520660287600121081880828613323290000
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 6400
Owner: Hornets Nest
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 4539
Owner: Wylan
 
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