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: $72.14 (10/21/2019)
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: 10/8/2019 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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Images
Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
4/13/1998 NGC MS 62   Teletrade Auction 1040, 1040/Lot# 1988 $738.50
2/24/2003 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg February 24-25, 2003 Coin Auction, 17/Lot# 1893 $4,945.00
6/27/2005 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 43: The Cook Family Collection, 47/Lot# 1292 $747.50
5/30/2007 NGC MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2007 May/June Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #438, 438/Lot# 2138 $8,625.00
3/17/2013 PCGS MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/17/2013, 66/Lot# 105032 $971.30
10/10/2014 PCGS Genuine UNC   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3503, 6057/Lot# 20561 $357.20
8/12/2015 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2015 August 12 - 16 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1223/Lot# 4279 $32,900.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1878 G$1 MS Prooflike
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Base126413031343138414261469151315581604165116991748188622682436288536834617907696311041711250
12771316135713981440148415281573162016671715179420132324258631513994610392619893106950
0000001528157316201667171517942013232425863151399461039261989300
00000015431589163516831732184021412380273534174306759094461015500
1878 G$1 MS Deep Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1358140114431486153015751622166917181767181718692015241425903060389248769502100761088911749
137214151457150115451591163816851734178418341918214824732747333742206418969310347111760
00000016381685173417841834191821482473274733374220641896931034700
00000016531702175118001852196622812531290336154548796098851061800
1878 G$1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base507527597783820974108811931239136315051609163417072109258535254431876893091007610889
514550659795871101211231208128014101540161716581841226828983827587789489565103470
0000001123120812801410154016171658184122682898382758778948956500
0000001158122413221458157416261683197524263212412973229129982000
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 2585
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
Grade: MS 63 PL
Points: 2436
Owner: Mozin
 
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