Coin Specifications

Category: Gold Dollars (1849-1889)
Mint: Dahlonega
Mintage: 1,250
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: $60.04 (2/13/2016)
Diameter: 15mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1861 D G$1 MS obverse 1861 D G$1 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis


Jeff Garrett: The 1861-D is the second-rarest gold dollar. Only the uncollectible 1849-C Open Wreath issue surpasses this date in rarity. After the Confederacy took over the Dahlonega Mint in April 1861, Director George Kellogg resigned and turned control over to the Confederate States of America. Using what gold bullion remained, rebel forces struck an estimated 1,000 or so coins. The 1861-D is unique as the only coin struck exclusively by the Confederacy, and is extremely popular as such. Mint State coins are offered occasionally and a small number of choice coins survive. The finest graded to date is the Duke’s Creek example, NGC MS 65. This example last traded at auction in January, 2008 for $149,500. This was a weakly struck issue, with the U of UNITED always missing. Beware of expertly repaired examples, as some were saved as souvenirs and used as jewelry.


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1861 D G$1 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 27
Low Grade: 40
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 65


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1/28/2004 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2004 January Long Beach Signature Sale #342, 342/Lot# 9002 $43,125.00
8/2/2012 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2012 August 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Philadelphia Session(3), 1173/Lot# 4420 $9,400.00
11/11/2012 PCGS AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 725, 734/Lot# 1126 $66,500.00
4/24/2013 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(5), 1184/Lot# 4441 $49,937.50
6/5/2013 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2013 June 5 - 9 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(3), 1186/Lot# 4697 $111,625.00
1/29/2015 PCGS MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 29 - February 1 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(1), 1217/Lot# 3233 $70,500.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1861 D G$1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11133453902456552645836630165816963719879608929978910919152421926224799325334348859218
11111535304123479854545991639467087041745282839215101651236016582211072737736184487310
0000005454599163946708704174528283921510165123601658221107273773618400
0000005645614664876835711977068606950210542138011792222953299553983600
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