Coin Specifications

Category: Gold Dollars (1849-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 168,244
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 1.6700g
AGW: 0.0484oz
Melt Value: $72.17 (10/18/2019)
Diameter: 15mm
Edge: Reeded
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1859 G$1 MS obverse 1859 G$1 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Undoubtedly the mintage of 168,244 pieces gives the 1859 gold dollar an illusion of availability that is not born out in reality. It is very scarce in high grades with only a handful in MS66 or finer grades.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/19/2019

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1859 G$1 MS
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Base $ 130 140 176 230 273 280 286 335 338 430 480 540 715 1400 2300 5000 17000 38000 - -
$ - - - - - - - 565 - 1500 - 6400 - 49000

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 434
Low Grade: 45
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67

The chart showing 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1859 G$1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------442279015981233320953---433
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Total------442279015981243320953---434
 ------1 %1 %0 %6 %21 %3 %23 %29 %8 %5 %2 %1 %1 %--- 
1859 G$1 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------1-------1
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Total--------------1-------1
 --------------100 %------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
2/26/2012 PCGS AU 55   Teletrade Auction 3231, 3231/Lot# 2590 $300.00
9/2/2012 NGC Details UNC Details  Goldberg September 2-5, 2012 The September 2-5, 2012, 70/Lot# 1998 $228.00
3/24/2013 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131314/Lot# 20517 $305.50
11/24/2013 PCGS AU 50   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/24/2013, 102/Lot# 148234 $225.50
2/9/2014 PCGS AU 50   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 790, 799/Lot# 794 $300.00
10/10/2014 PCGS MS 61   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 15735 $401.85
11/2/2014 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131445/Lot# 23912 $317.25
1/7/2015 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(9), 1216/Lot# 11220 $1,527.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1859 G$1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base434450477565684770776783794882888103611101193141020482643381764008686941510188
43945950660571377277878782388493710611138126516232246303446787162892996730
00000077878782388493710611138126516232246303446787162892900
00000078179085388698710851165133818352445342655397924917200
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 1410
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
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