Coin Specifications

Category: Gold Dollars (1849-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 527,150
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 1.6700g
AGW: 0.0484oz
Melt Value: $72.54 (9/16/2019)
Diameter: 15mm
Edge: Reeded
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1861 G$1 MS obverse 1861 G$1 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The mintage for the 1861 gold dollar exceeded half a million pieces, the first issue to have such a high mintage since 1857. This generous production has made the 1861 popular with type collectors, and in lower Mint State grades, examples are common. Unlike the later issues of the 1880s, however, Gems are only occasionally available.

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Last Updated: 4/19/2019

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1861 G$1 MS
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Base $ 130 140 176 265 295 345 355 370 410 490 530 575 780 1500 3120 6250 20750 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 575 1100 1750 - 9950 43000 -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1517
Low Grade: 40
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 9/10/2019 1861 G$1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----134105918538362465224121359----1516
---------------11-----2
-------------312--1---7
---------------1------1
Total-----1341059185383624682251253691---1526
 -----0 %0 %0 %1 %4 %12 %2 %24 %31 %15 %8 %2 %1 %0 %--- 
1861 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
5/28/2006 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg May 28-31, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 36/Lot# 574 $437.00
7/28/2008 NGC MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 269, 275/Lot# 942 $402.50
8/7/2010 NGC MS 67   Stack's Bowers The August 2010 Boston Rarities Sale, 34/Lot# 1451 $2,185.00
12/18/2011 NGC Details UNC Details  Teletrade Auction 3191, 3191/Lot# 2277 $230.00
1/22/2012 NGC Details AU Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/22/2012, 4/Lot# 31998 $224.40
4/1/2012 NGC Details UNC Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131215/Lot# 26557 $184.00
12/16/2012 PCGS MS 60   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/16/2012, 53/Lot# 90566 $555.50
9/8/2013 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131338/Lot# 28337 $1,116.25
4/27/2016 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2016 April 27 - May 1 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(6), 1234/Lot# 8694 $564.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1861 G$1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base24426829532039551553255157959762464267410811375184327813541499171571043115437
2522773033454355205385605856066306528091179153121553034402457138248120990
000000538560585606630652809117915312155303440245713824800
000000544569591615636663945127716872468328745076435933900
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 2781
Owner: Hugh Stiel Rare Coins
 
Grade: MS 64
Points: 2468
Owner: Mozin
 
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