Coin Specifications

Category: Gold Dollars (1849-1889)
Mint: Dahlonega
Mintage: 1,250
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 1.6700g
AGW: 0.0484oz
Melt Value: $72.19 (10/20/2019)
Diameter: 15mm
Edge: Reeded
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1861 D G$1 MS obverse 1861 D G$1 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis


Jeff Garrett: The 1861-D is the second-rarest gold dollar. Only the uncollectible 1849-C Open Wreath issue surpasses this date in rarity. After the Confederacy took over the Dahlonega Mint in April 1861, Director George Kellogg resigned and turned control over to the Confederate States of America. Using what gold bullion remained, rebel forces struck an estimated 1,000 or so coins. The 1861-D is unique as the only coin struck exclusively by the Confederacy, and is extremely popular as such. Mint State coins are offered occasionally and a small number of choice coins survive. The finest graded to date is the Duke’s Creek example, NGC MS 65. This example last traded at auction in January, 2008 for $149,500. This was a weakly struck issue, with the U of UNITED always missing. Beware of expertly repaired examples, as some were saved as souvenirs and used as jewelry.


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Last Updated: 6/21/2019

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1861 D G$1 MS
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Base $ - - 13000 13000 29500 38500 49500 57500 66600 81700 88700 103000 149000 163000 220000 - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 26
Low Grade: 40
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 65

The chart showing 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1861 D G$1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----1-11310122131-----26
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Total-----1-11310122131-----26
 -----4 %-4 %4 %12 %38 %4 %8 %8 %4 %12 %4 %----- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
4/6/2006 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2006 April Atlanta, GA (ANA) Signature Auction #402, 402/Lot# 1493 $138,000.00
2/3/2010 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Heritage Auctions "2010 February Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction Session(3)", 1137/Lot# 1421 $14,950.00
11/11/2012 PCGS AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 725, 734/Lot# 1126 $66,500.00
1/8/2014 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(3), 1201/Lot# 5350 $55,812.50
1/29/2015 PCGS MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 29 - February 1 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(1), 1217/Lot# 3233 $70,500.00
9/7/2017 PCGS Genuine XF   Heritage Auctions 2017 September 7 - 10 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1259/Lot# 4803 $14,400.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1861 G$1 MS D
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base53965511562857475747791083388727955410074106041137511697122991388414291157151654517407183021956120883
5434555056685747646880538468900397271025110861114821189812827140201476615992168321770518722200020
000000846890039727102511086111482118981282714020147661599216832177051872200
000000859792789901104271111811590120981335614155152401626817120180041914100
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