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: $62.00 (10/22/2017)
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: 8/29/2017

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1859 G$1 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 130 140 180 230 260 300 310 335 365 430 480 540 825 1400 2700 5200 17000 38000 - -
$ - - - - - - - 565 - 1500 - 6400 - 49000

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 420
Low Grade: 45
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
6/27/2005 NGC MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 43: The Cook Family Collection, 47/Lot# 1280 $460.00
9/10/2006 NGC MS 63   Goldberg September 10-13, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 37/Lot# 1717 $719.00
6/17/2010 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers The June 2010 Baltimore Auction, 41/Lot# 3486 $948.75
12/2/2010 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2010 December Houston Signature US Coin Auction Session(3), 1147/Lot# 4264 $948.75
12/8/2011 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2011 December 8-11 US Coins Signature Auction- New York Session(3), 1162/Lot# 4380 $1,207.50
9/24/2012 PCGS MS 62   Teletrade Auction 3352, 3352/Lot# 2333 $661.25
6/5/2013 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2013 June 5 - 9 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1186/Lot# 5543 $2,350.00
7/28/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/28/2013, 85/Lot# 128231 $165.00
8/12/2015 PCGS MS 68   Heritage Auctions 2015 August 12 - 16 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1223/Lot# 4258 $37,600.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1859 G$1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base24426829532039551553255157559161563167410811375182128853639469470711029215211
2522773033454355205385595805996206458091179152321753136399054868144119310
000000538559580599620645809117915232175313639905486814400
000000544567585607625659945127716722530338743426278921800
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 1375
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
Grade: MS 61
Points: 674
Owner: Michael Jones
 
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