Coin Specifications

Category: Gold Dollars (1849-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 349
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 1.6700g
AGW: 0.0484oz
Melt Value: $90.23 (9/25/2020)
Diameter: 15mm
Edge: Reeded
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1861 G$1 PF obverse 1861 G$1 PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

When the 19th century U.S. Mint documented the number of coins struck, they correctly accounted how many pieces were produced. However, the total entered into the log books did not reflect the subsequent melting of an issue, although that figure may have existed in other journals. As such, the production total recorded for the 1861 gold dollar--a minuscule 349 pieces to begin with--was not completely sold to collectors and must have been melted. Perhaps collector demand was down due to the Civil War. Whatever the cause, today only 20 to 30 examples are believed extant in all grades.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/31/2016

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1861 G$1 PF
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 3700 3800 4500 6850 9750 15750 27500 32500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 10750 - - - -
1861 G$1 PF CA
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 7850 9250 12500 23500 36500 41000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 13750 - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 13
Low Grade: 62
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67

The chart showing 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 9/22/2020 1861 G$1 PF
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Base-------------1-1-1----3
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Total-------------1-1-1----3
 -------------33%-33%-33%---- 
1861 G$1 PF CA
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Base-------------1-1431---10
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Total-------------1-1432---11
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1861 G$1 PF CA
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Base318332613341342235043588376038483938402941224383438246564992565672588559892994771025411077
32093288336834493532364537893878396840604209438344734768521361907692868291129736105280
0000003789387839684060420943834473476852136190769286829112973600
0000003819390839994091429643834565488054356724812588069294999500
1861 G$1 PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base400640994192428843854484458546874791489650035112541857376070641775268861924198031060011444
403741304224432044184518461947224826493250395214552458486186678779718988942810069108810
00000046194722482649325039521455245848618667877971898894281006900
00000046534756486149675076531656315959630171568416911496161033400
1861 G$1 PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base25282594266127292799287029423016309031673245332433653639438951046209770482008715944610221
2550261626842752282328942967304131163193327133383456388946275472670778698372895997040
0000002967304131163193327133383456388946275472670778698372895900
0000002991306531413219329833513548413948665841720680358543920200
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Grade: PF 66 CAMEO
Points: 8559
Owner: Ives
 
Grade: PF 64
Points: 5104
Owner: golden
 
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