Coin Specifications

Category: Gold Dollars (1849-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 3,000
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 1.6700g
AGW: 0.0484oz
Melt Value: $72.24 (9/18/2019)
Diameter: 15mm
Edge: Reeded
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1878 G$1 MS obverse 1878 G$1 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Whether proof or business strike, the 1878 Gold Dollar is certainly rare. 3,000 business strikes and 20 proofs were issued.

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Last Updated: 4/19/2019

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1878 G$1 MS
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Base $ 160 190 280 300 390 540 575 675 800 900 925 1000 1480 2200 4200 7000 39000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 1050 1575 2300 - 9500 - -
1878 G$1 MS Prooflike
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 1200 1700 - 2750 - - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 158
Low Grade: 50
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66

The chart showing 50 series, 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: 9/17/2019 1878 G$1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------1221742938221434----136
------------------1---1
-------------1---1----2
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Total-------12217429392214351---139
 -------1 %1 %1 %12 %3 %21 %28 %16 %10 %2 %4 %1 %--- 
1878 G$1 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------55511-----17
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-----------------1----1
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Total------------555111----18
 ------------28 %28 %28 %6 %6 %6 %---- 
1878 G$1 MS Deep Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------23-------5
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Total-------------23-------5
 -------------40 %60 %------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
6/3/1994 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 1994 June Long Beach Bullet Sale #120, 120/Lot# 895 $715.00
2/24/2003 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg February 24-25, 2003 Coin Auction, 17/Lot# 1893 $4,945.00
3/20/2003 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2003 Charlotte ANA National Money Signature Sale #316, 316/Lot# 6179 $2,990.00
6/27/2005 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 43: The Cook Family Collection, 47/Lot# 1292 $747.50
8/16/2007 PCGS MS 63   Teletrade Auction 2409, 2409/Lot# 1155 $1,036.00
2/28/2012 PCGS MS 62   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 7267 $977.50
8/2/2012 NGC MS 61   Prooflike Heritage Auctions 2012 August 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Philadelphia Session(3), 1173/Lot# 4440 $1,292.50
3/17/2013 PCGS MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/17/2013, 66/Lot# 105032 $971.30


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1878 G$1 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base642692745800858918951983105411001164120612431332149616973073376144685919798910983
658709763819878929961100610691121117812181272138615632155330239964951660989870
000000961100610691121117812181272138615632155330239964951660900
000000972103010841142119212301302144116302614353142325435729900
1878 G$1 MS Deep Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base4454795225636339089901066114211901258130313401436234918213265398449366607900912511
45649353658672593510151091115812131273131513721740234923023505430154937408101760
0000001015109111581213127313151372174023492302350543015493740800
0000001041111711741235128813281404204523492784374446196050820800
1878 G$1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base37240443947753978385692599310361098113811731258141616092936360144866047830411609
38241545149762080787994710071056111111491201131014802051315738965006679994050
00000087994710071056111111491201131014802051315738965006679900
00000090297010211077112411611229136315442493337941915526755100
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 1609
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
Grade: MS 63 PL
Points: 1496
Owner: Mozin
 
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