Coin Specifications

Category: Gold Dollars (1849-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 3,725
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: $62.66 (4/29/2016)
Diameter: 15mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1865 G$1 MS obverse 1865 G$1 MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

The 1865 gold dollar boasts a minuscule mintage of 3,725 pieces. Among Philadelphia Mint issues it ranks as the second-rarest gold dollar, behind the 1863. The few 19th century collectors who systematically pursued collections of gold coins usually opted for proof specimens to fill their date runs, but only 25 gold proof sets were produced in 1865. Consequently, a few spectacular Mint State coins (such as the present example) were saved by collectors who could not obtain a proof example at the time of issue.

Early numismatists often noted the elusive nature of the 1865, as the cataloger did in the William H. Woodin Collection (Elder, 3/1911), lot 878, '1865. Brilliant uncirculated. Coinage given as only 3,725 pieces, being several thousand less than coined in either 1863, or 1864. The price realized for this sale should be correspondingly large.' Elder was not disappointed, as the lot realized $47, a large sum at the time.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 2/19/2016

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1865 G$1 MS
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Total Graded: 35
Low Grade: 53
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
8/17/1996 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 1996 ANA Signature Sale #163, 163/Lot# 8114 $3,520.00
1/31/2010 PCGS AU 53   Goldberg January 31 - February 3, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 57/Lot# 2061 $1,380.00
1/5/2011 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(5), 1151/Lot# 6672 $3,450.00
4/29/2012 PCGS AU 58   Teletrade Auction 3267, 3267/Lot# 2227 $1,552.50
7/12/2012 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2012 July 12-15 US Coin Summer FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(3), 1172/Lot# 4676 $3,737.50
10/21/2012 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131244/Lot# 24358 $3,525.00
1/8/2014 NGC MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(3), 1201/Lot# 5352 $18,212.50
3/28/2014 PCGS AU 58   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 6167 $1,292.50

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1865 G$1 MS
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 5563
Owner: Stiel Coin Collection
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