Coin Specifications

Category: Gold Dollars (1849-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 3,725
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 1.6700g
AGW: 0.0484oz
Melt Value: $82.39 (3/6/2021)
Diameter: 15mm
Edge: Reeded
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1865 G$1 MS obverse 1865 G$1 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The 1865 gold dollar boasts a minuscule mintage of 3,725 pieces. Among Philadelphia Mint issues it ranks as the second-rarest gold dollar, behind the 1863. The few 19th century collectors who systematically pursued collections of gold coins usually opted for proof specimens to fill their date runs, but only 25 gold proof sets were produced in 1865. Consequently, a few spectacular Mint State coins (such as the present example) were saved by collectors who could not obtain a proof example at the time of issue.

Early numismatists often noted the elusive nature of the 1865, as the cataloger did in the William H. Woodin Collection (Elder, 3/1911), lot 878, '1865. Brilliant uncirculated. Coinage given as only 3,725 pieces, being several thousand less than coined in either 1863, or 1864. The price realized for this sale should be correspondingly large.' Elder was not disappointed, as the lot realized $47, a large sum at the time.

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Last Updated: 3/27/2020

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1865 G$1 MS
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Base $ 300 425 575 725 1050 1150 1320 1550 1800 1950 2950 3650 4000 7000 10000 17500 27000 47000 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 8750 - 20500 - 90000

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 33
Low Grade: 53
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67

The chart showing 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 3/2/2021 1865 G$1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------114375-4341---33
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Total--------114375-4541---35
 --------3%3%11%9%20%14%-11%14%11%3%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1865 G$1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base7938201028141016341762180318431993217623352433298533033685456554076023765193791015010968
8028891155148516771776181618932054222923682617309134303978484656126566822796361042311516
0000001816189320542229236826173091343039784846561265668227963600
0000001830194321152282240028013197355842725126581871088803989300
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 7651
Owner: Hugh Stiel Rare Coins
 
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