Coin Specifications

Category: Gold Dollars (1849-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 3,000
Catalog: KM-86
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 1.6720g
AGW: 0.0484oz
Melt Value: $64.12 (9/28/2016)
Diameter: 15mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1879 G$1 MS obverse 1879 G$1 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The demand for a dollar coin in 1879 was more than satisfied by the huge mintage of Morgan silver dollars, resulting in the low coinage of gold dollars (3,000 business strikes). Yet they were saved in large quantities, accounting for the relatively high number surviving through the Gem level. Premium Gems are quite scarce, however, and finer specimens are extremely rare.

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1879 G$1 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 194
Low Grade: 50
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67


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6/7/2004 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2004 June Long Beach Bullet Sale #350, 350/Lot# 911 $575.00
3/20/2005 PCGS MS 66   Teletrade Auction 2015, 2015/Lot# 1634 $2,310.00
6/27/2005 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 43: The Cook Family Collection, 47/Lot# 1293 $506.00
10/17/2012 PCGS MS 66   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 5313 $2,760.00
1/26/2014 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg January 26-28, 2014 January Pre-Long Beach Sale 17.5% BP, 78/Lot# 1682 $1,233.75
6/4/2014 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2014 June 4 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(3), 1206/Lot# 4750 $4,112.50
7/13/2014 PCGS MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/13/2014, 203/Lot# 203072 $1,485.00
10/8/2014 PCGS MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2014 October 8 - 13 PNG New York Invitational US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(6), 1210/Lot# 8819 $763.75
8/12/2015 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2015 August 12 - 16 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1223/Lot# 4280 $4,112.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1879 G$1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base453471502575729752798842891966104811271393145016191753250129753796417255107456
459481526626736767812858916993107412151412150616632002265932483921461861580
000000812858916993107412151412150616632002265932483921461800
0000008278749411020110013041431156217082251281735224046506400
1879 G$1 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base4875075396157778028518969481027111311941472153117081847262331143963457160308152
4935175646697858188669139741055114012861491159017542105278633974165505767370
0000008669139741055114012861491159017542105278633974165505700
00000088193010001084116713791511164918002364295036804368554300
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