Coin Specifications

Category: Modern Commemoratives (1982-Date)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 224,403
Catalog: KM-298
Obverse Designer: Tiffany & Co. and T. James Ferrell
Reverse Designer: "Tiffany & Co. and Thomas D. Rogers, Sr."
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 26.73g
ASW: 0.7734oz
Melt Value: $12.26 (2/14/2016)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1999P DOLLEY MADISON S$1 PF obverse 1999P DOLLEY MADISON S$1 PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

With the U. S. Mint now embarked upon a multi-year program honoring the first ladies of the nation, it’s interesting to note that the 1999 silver dollar in commemoration of Dolley Madison was the only previous coin to recognize a presidential spouse. It is also the only U. S. commemorative coin designed by a commercial firm, in this instance Tiffany & Company.

On October 20, 1996 Congress authorized the striking of up to 500,000 silver dollars marking the sesquicentennial of Dolley Madison’s death in 1999. Surcharges embedded within the sales price of each silver dollar went to The National Trust for Historic Preservation. This money was earmarked for the maintenance of Montpelier, the Madison’s 2700-acre estate in Virginia and its mansion house.

Dolley Madison was the wife of James Madison, president of the United States from 1809 to 1817. In addition to being first lady for the Madison Administration, she had previously served as official hostess at the White House under the widowed Thomas Jefferson while her husband was Jefferson’s vice-president. She gained lasting fame when the invading British Army torched the White House in 1814. Recognizing its irreplaceable value, she retrieved the famous Gilbert Stuart portrait of George Washington before fleeing the executive mansion. She also secured several important documents from certain capture or destruction.

Artists from Tiffany & Company furnished the entire design for this coin, which was then modeled by U. S. Mint Sculptor-Engravers T. James Ferrell (obverse) and Thomas D. Rogers, Sr. (reverse). The obverse features a facing bust of Dolley Madison based on a painting by famed American artist Gilbert Stuart. She is surrounded by blossoms of Cape Jasmines, her favorite flower, and seen in the distance is the classically styled ice house at Montpelier. Dolley’s name and the date of coining appear beneath, while statutory mottoes complete this side.

The reverse features a perspective view of the portico at Montpelier. Trees surround the home on both sides, while the its name, the coin’s mintmark and Tiffany’s ‘T&Co.’ hallmark are beneath. The sculptor’s initials ‘TDR’ appear within the base of the willow trees at right, and statutory legends are used to frame these various elements.

The uncirculated and proof editions of this silver dollar were both struck at the Philadelphia Mint, and the coins were available for purchase for the entire year of 1999. As one of the most beautiful of the modern commemorative issues, it’s not surprising that these coins sold quite well when compared against contemporary offerings.

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Last Updated: 9/26/2014

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1999P DOLLEY MADISON S$1 PF Ultra Cameo
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 19.80 20.90 22.00 25.00 28.75 30.00 31.00 40.00 45.00 105

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2591
Low Grade: 63
Average Grade: 69
High Grade: 70


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10/2/2000 PCGS PF 68   Ultra Cameo Teletrade Auction 1363, 1363/Lot# 1529 $39.24
8/6/2003 NGC PF 70   Ultra Cameo Heritage Auctions 2003 July Baltimore Bullet Sale #327, 327/Lot# 4858 $143.75
9/12/2011 PCGS PF 70   Ultra Cameo Teletrade Auction 3136, 3136/Lot# 1508 $160.00
1/15/2012 PCGS PF 70   Ultra Cameo Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131204/Lot# 25236 $104.00
2/12/2012 NGC PF 69   Ultra Cameo Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131208/Lot# 22742 $34.00
3/3/2013 PCGS PF 69   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/03/2013, 64/Lot# 102940 $35.00
7/28/2013 PCGS PF 68   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/28/2013, 85/Lot# 130377 $25.00
11/2/2014 PCGS PF 69   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 828, 837/Lot# 10664 $30.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1999P DOLLEY MADISON S$1 PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base373737373737373737373759636772819498102131167453
3737373737373737373744606469758595991121432620
00000037373737446064697585959911214300
000000373737375262667078909710112115500
1999P DOLLEY MADISON S$1 PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base37373737373737373737376772768194106111115147183492
373737373737373737374769737885981081121261592860
0000003737373747697378859810811212615900
00000037373737577075799010210911413617100
1999P DOLLEY MADISON S$1 PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base373737373737373737373776818589102119123127163201532
3737373737373737373750788286931081201241391763110
00000037373737507882869310812012413917600
00000037373737637984889811312212615118800
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Grade: PF 70 UC
Points: 532
Owner: bishopjd
 
Grade: PF 70 UC
Points: 532
Owner: Bruce Laquster
 
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