Coin Specifications

Category: Modern Commemoratives (1982-Date)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 279,579
Obverse Designer: William Cousins
Reverse Designer: John Mercanti
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 26.7300g
ASW: 0.7734oz
Melt Value: $13.07 (12/11/2019)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
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1994 S CAPITOL S$1 PF obverse 1994 S CAPITOL S$1 PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

When Congress decided to relocate the seat of federal government from Philadelphia to the newly created District of Columbia in the 1790s, among the structures to be erected was a capitol building where the Senate and House of Representatives would meet. The U. S. Capitol was begun in 1794, and, two centuries later, Congress approved a bill to coin silver dollars in commemoration of this occasion.

This dollar was designed and sculpted by members of the U. S. Mint’s engraving staff. William Cousins’ obverse features an upward looking view of the famous capitol dome. A replacement for the original, more modest dome, this addition was underway when America went to war with itself in 1861. Despite the fact that construction of the dome drew away precious resources needed for the war effort, President Lincoln instructed that work on it continue as a means of demonstrating national resolve and to boost civilian morale. The statue of Columbia atop the dome is surrounded on the coin by thirteen stars, and the inscription “BICENTENNIAL OF UNITED STATES CAPITOL” appears to the left. Statutory mottoes are placed at upper left, with the date of coining at upper right.

The reverse design by John Mercanti is dominated by the arms of Congress. This consists of a Union Shield at center, surrounded by an oak wreath and surmounted by an American eagle which grasps in its right talons the arrows of war and in its left talons the olive branch of peace. Two additional olive branches are seen at the bottom to the left and right of the shield’s pendant. The designer’s initials are seen to the left of the arms, the coin’s mintmark to the right, with statutory legends comprising the balance of the design.

Uncirculated examples were struck at the Denver Mint, while the proofs were produced in San Francisco. In competition with several other commemorative issues that year, the Capitol Silver Dollar shared their mediocre overall sales. The typical ratio of four proofs for every uncirculated coin applied to this issue, as well. Nevertheless, it is among the more attractive entries within the modern commemorative series.

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Last Updated: 9/30/2014

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1994 S CAPITOL S$1 PF UC
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 19.00 20.00 21.00 22.00 25.00 28.75 30.00 31.00 33.75 48.75 400

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2004
Low Grade: 63
Average Grade: 68
High Grade: 70

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 12/10/2019 1994 S CAPITOL S$1 PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------------1--1310-15
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Total---------------1--1310-15
 ---------------7 %--7 %20 %67 %- 
1994 S CAPITOL S$1 PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------21-110711833711989
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Total--------------21-110711833711989
 --------------0 %0 %-0 %1 %4 %92 %4 % 

Auction Prices Realized

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2/2/2005 PCGS PF 69   Ultra Cameo Teletrade Auction 1996, 1996/Lot# 1586 $41.00
7/10/2005 PCGS PF 69   Ultra Cameo Teletrade Auction 2063, 2063/Lot# 2484 $176.00
4/23/2006 PCGS PF 69   Ultra Cameo Teletrade Auction 2193, 2193/Lot# 2622 $106.40
6/4/2006 NGC PF 69   Ultra Cameo Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #66062, 66062/Lot# 25268 $37.00
6/24/2007 PCGS PF 69   Ultra Cameo Teletrade Auction 2385, 2385/Lot# 1942 $44.00
11/25/2009 PCGS PF 70   Ultra Cameo Teletrade Auction 2776, 2776/Lot# 1344 $517.50
11/11/2012 PCGS PF 69   Ultra Cameo GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/11/2012, 48/Lot# 56054 $40.00
11/30/2014 PCGS PF 69   Ultra Cameo David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 832, 841/Lot# 871 $22.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1994 S CAPITOL S$1 PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base37373737373737373737376772768194106111115123179925
373737373737373737374769737885981081121181424280
0000003737373747697378859810811211814200
00000037373737577075799010210911412016000
1994 S CAPITOL S$1 PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base373737373737373737373776818589102119123127139198990
3737373737373737373750788286931081201241311594620
00000037373737507882869310812012413115900
00000037373737637984889811312212613517800
1994 S CAPITOL S$1 PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base373737373737373737373759636772819498102111159863
3737373737373737373744606469758595991051273940
00000037373737446064697585959910512700
000000373737375262667078909710110814300
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Grade: PF 70 ULTRA CAMEO
Points: 990
Owner: Bill Dobbs
 
Grade: PF 70 UC
Points: 990
Owner: Bruce Laquster
 
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