Coin Specifications

Category: Peace Dollars (1921-1935)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 1,011,000
Catalog: KM-150
Obverse Designer: Anthony de Francisci
Reverse Designer: Anthony de Francisci
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 26.7300g
ASW: 0.7734oz
Melt Value: $15.24 (7/26/2016)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
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1934 S S$1 MS obverse 1934 S S$1 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Throughout the 1940s, numismatists considered P-mint Peace dollars such as the 1925 to be scarcer than the 1934-S. While this may seem ridiculous to collectors today, one must remember that rumors of endless bags of 1934-S dollars in storage at the San Francisco Mint were plentiful enough to delude the numismatic community at the time. Apparently, stories such as this circulated widely enough throughout the 1950s to allow dealers to overlook their constant hankering for Mint State pieces of this issue. Like most silver dollar issues, the 1934-S met its judgement day in the form of the Treasury releases of the 1940s through 1960s. While these releases proved sufficient to banish some silver dollar issues such as the 1885-CC and 1903-O to relative obscurity, they also placed the 1934-S atop its current throne and crowned it 'King of the Peace Dollars.' Over the course of these three decades, only 1-3 bags of Mint State survivors of this issue emerged from the California branch mint. The remainder were undoubtedly released into circulation during the 1930s and suffered the attrition that was their fate. Today, issues such as the 1923-S, 1924-S, and 1928-S outrank the 1934-S in terms of rarity at the gem Uncirculated grade level. The crown, however, still resides atop the 1934-S as it is the rarest Peace dollar in terms of total known specimens.

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1934 S S$1 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 40.00 48.00 60.00 75.00 175 465 545 745 1300 2200 2650 3375 4600 7850 11500 37500 - - - -
$ - - 585 825 1450 - 2750 3600 5000 9750 15500 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 3847
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66


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9/10/2006 PCGS XF 45   Goldberg September 10-13, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 37/Lot# 418 $241.50
5/7/2007 NGC MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 139, 144/Lot# 1537 $1,840.00
2/5/2012 PCGS F 12   Teletrade Auction 3219, 3219/Lot# 2312 $36.00
7/28/2013 NGC VF 30   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/28/2013, 85/Lot# 115631 $47.00
1/8/2014 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(4), 1201/Lot# 6115 $11,162.50
3/31/2015 NGC AU 55   Stack's Bowers March 2015 Baltimore, 6065/Lot# 33668 $481.75
5/31/2015 NGC VF 35   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3532, 6101/Lot# 20864 $141.00
8/12/2015 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2015 August 12 - 16 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(4), 1223/Lot# 5908 $8,812.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1934 S S$1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base143163194237288563787108812001444196925852834318336754656546686448949122593606463788
150173208254380638887112512811619217426682950334740024926652587461005220194453050
00000088711251281161921742668295033474002492665258746100522019400
00000098811631363179423802751306735114329519675858847111562812900
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 8644
Owner: evilwoman13
 
Grade: MS 65
Points: 6525
Owner: Stiel Coin Collection
 
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