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: $72.19 (10/13/2019)
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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Price Guide

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: 1519
Low Grade: 40
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1861 G$1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----134105918638362466224121359----1518
---------------11-----2
-------------312--1---7
---------------1------1
Total-----1341059186383624692251253691---1528
 -----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
9/24/1997 NGC MS 61   Teletrade Auction 0983, 983/Lot# 1932 $295.40
5/28/2006 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg May 28-31, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 36/Lot# 3660 $1,322.50
11/29/2012 NGC MS 60   Heritage Auctions 2012 November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction - Houston Session(5), 1177/Lot# 10573 $411.25
3/30/2014 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 797, 806/Lot# 254 $550.00
4/1/2014 PCGS MS 62   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 8040 $517.00
7/13/2014 PCGS MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/13/2014, 203/Lot# 203064 $1,017.50
9/20/2015 PCGS Genuine AU   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131539/Lot# 29465 $211.50
10/3/2016 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2016 October 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(4), 1240/Lot# 7764 $940.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1861 G$1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base434450477565754811856900916941100511241179123914832124306642176918737380198707
439459506628773826871905924962104511421199132016972438345051177070758882480
000000871905924962104511421199132016972438345051177070758800
000000885911933984108411611219140219102752383360187221780400
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 3066
Owner: Hugh Stiel Rare Coins
 
Grade: MS 64
Points: 2752
Owner: Mozin
 
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