Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dollars (1840-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 61,005
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 26.7300g
ASW: 0.7734oz
Melt Value: $12.99 (12/6/2016)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
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1840 S$1 MS obverse 1840 S$1 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Although relatively obtainable in grades at or below the VF level, the 1840 is a challenging coin to locate in XF, AU, and Mint State. While many first-year issues from later series (1909 VDB Lincoln Cents, 1883 No CENTS Liberty Nickel, to name just two examples) were saved by the public at the time of issue, fate was not so kind to the 1840 Seated Dollar. The small number of collectors who were active in the 1840s, as well as the economic pressures of the Hard Times, seem to explain the conditionally challenging status of this date.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/20/2016

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1840 S$1 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 335 365 440 550 985 1500 1850 2450 3250 4500 7400 13450 19750 60000 - - - - - -
$ - - - - 3650 - - 15000 26000 - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 267
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 64


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Auction Prices Realized

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4/14/1997 PCGS VF 35   Teletrade Auction 0936, 936/Lot# 1604 $250.70
6/22/2004 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #24065, 24065/Lot# 13669 $1,187.95
2/20/2005 PCGS AU 55   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 1664 $1,955.00
2/24/2010 NGC XF 40   Stack's Bowers The March 2010 Baltimore Online Session, 40/Lot# 5192 $358.80
5/27/2012 NGC AU 55   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 19995/Lot# 1082 $1,228.00
10/20/2013 NGC VF 20   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/20/2013, 97/Lot# 143701 $389.40
11/24/2013 PCGS AU 50   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 779, 788/Lot# 619 $1,312.00
2/3/2014 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(2), 1202/Lot# 4003 $1,410.00
6/9/2014 PCGS XF 45   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3485, 6034/Lot# 20443 $1,498.13


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1840 S$1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base7768029251005117316091707210624332781298534863952536770149918119701254213134137461476718298
7858439521061131816421840221525492849315236414424591679821060212161127391333814086159440
000000184022152549284931523641442459167982106021216112739133381408600
000000197323242665291733193797489564658950112861235112937135421442700
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 7014
Owner: mr cool
 
Grade: MS 62
Points: 5367
Owner: ddr70
 
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