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: $72.29 (10/14/2019)
Diameter: 15mm
Edge: Reeded
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1879 G$1 MS obverse 1879 G$1 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Extremely large mintages of Morgan dollars more than accounted for the demand for dollar coins in 1879. Due to this large mintage, far fewer gold dollars were struck that year. The Philadelphia only struck a total of 3,030 pieces, with 3,000 mint states and a mere 30 proofs issued. The mint state issue pieces were saved in large numbers, however, which has made them relatively common even at the gem level. Proofs are extremely rare in all grades, however.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/19/2019

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1879 G$1 MS
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Base $ 155 170 240 240 375 415 450 515 550 675 725 950 1050 1380 2375 3800 6250 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 1400 2750 4150 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 205
Low Grade: 50
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67

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 1879 G$1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------12310521311640302414---197
---------------1222---7
----------1-----------1
----------------1-----1
Total-------12311521311641332616---206
 -------0 %1 %1 %5 %2 %10 %15 %8 %20 %16 %13 %8 %--- 
1879 G$1 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------31-13-----8
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Total------------31-13-----8
 ------------38 %13 %-13 %38 %----- 
1879 G$1 MS Deep Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----------------------
-----------------1----1
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Total-----------------1----1
 -----------------100 %---- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
9/10/1993 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions NGC East Coast Expo Bullet Sale #114, 114/Lot# 665 $1,127.50
6/27/2005 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 43: The Cook Family Collection, 47/Lot# 1293 $506.00
8/5/2007 PCGS AU 58   Teletrade Auction 2403, 2403/Lot# 2454 $448.00
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# 5314 $2,558.75
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
5/11/2014 PCGS MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/11/2014, 179/Lot# 175390 $1,705.00
6/4/2014 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2014 June 4 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1206/Lot# 5565 $1,997.50
7/9/2015 NGC MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2015 July 9 - 12 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Summer FUN Session(3), 1222/Lot# 4395 $4,230.00
9/9/2016 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2016 September 9 - 12 The Twelve Oaks Collection Signature Auction Session(2), 1244/Lot# 13283 $2,467.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1879 G$1 MS Prooflike
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Base1025362010921128116412011239127813171358140014421562169018252138281435184396472251895689
1890362011041140117612141252129113311372141414821605173519292363304938114505487853560
0000001252129113311372141414821605173519292363304938114505487800
0000001265130413441386142815221647178020342589328341034613503300
1879 G$1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base494515551705705949982101310661159120613631421165817532033268533654217453249855471
501527602705786960992103110971175125813821500169018462250291236494322468351470
000000992103110971175125813821500169018462250291236494322468300
0000001003104811281190131114021579172119402468313839334427483400
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