Coin Specifications

Category: Gold Dollars (1849-1889)
Mint: Dahlonega
Mintage: 4,952
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 1.6700g
AGW: 0.0484oz
Melt Value: $73.51 (9/21/2019)
Diameter: 15mm
Edge: Reeded
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1859 D G$1 MS obverse 1859 D G$1 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis


Jeff Garrett: The 1859-D is probably the most readily found Type 3 gold dollar struck at the Dahlonega Mint, edging out the slightly rarer 1858-D in availability. The most commonly offered examples of this date seem to be About Uncirculated. Most of those seen display at least some weakness of strike, but not as poor as seen on other dates from the same mint. The central portions are often very weak, with the 8 and 5 sometimes missing entirely. Mint State coins for the date are quite rare, especially near gem. To date, only one example has been graded MS 65 by NGC. The Duke’s Creek example grades MS 64 and was sold in April 2006 for $23,000.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/14/2019

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1859 D G$1 MS
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Base $ 475 625 1310 1850 2650 3700 4000 5000 5625 9875 11200 13300 23500 37500 - - - - - -
$ - - - - 6800 - - - - - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 120
Low Grade: 40
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 65

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 9/17/2019 1859 D G$1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----12101421423107631-----120
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Total-----12101421433107631-----121
 -----1 %2 %8 %12 %17 %36 %2 %8 %6 %5 %2 %1 %----- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
2/12/1999 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 1999 February Long Beach Sale #197, 197/Lot# 6124 $25,300.00
1/8/2003 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2003, Orlando, FL. (FUN) Signature Sale #308, 308/Lot# 4641 $20,010.00
10/29/2007 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 190, 196/Lot# 959 $5,202.60
5/25/2008 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg May 25-27, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 47/Lot# 4530 $10,925.00
10/9/2011 NGC AU 50   Teletrade Auction 3151, 3151/Lot# 2736 $1,552.50
1/29/2012 NGC Details AU Details  Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 1123 $1,006.25
7/27/2013 NCS AU 50   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 5043 $1,645.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1859 G$1 MS D
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base10731103130319772308283430453324344738174024513154075801725886441543900000
108311701528208724832904313833653570388643935223553862877720109091543900000
000000313833653570388643935223553862877720109091543900000
000000323134063694395547625315567067728182131741543900000
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 5407
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
Grade: AU 50
Points: 3324
Owner: priller
 
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