Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dollars (1840-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 184,618
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 26.7300g
ASW: 0.7734oz
Melt Value: $21.18 (5/7/2021)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
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1842 $1 MS obverse 1842 $1 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

This date is the second of three high mintage issues for the years 1841-43. It is common across all grades through lower Mint State. Choice MS examples are available, but true gems are unknown. Most unworn coins reveal gentle, frosty luster, though a few reveal semi-prooflike fields. A certifiably prooflike piece is genuinely rare. Reasonably well struck as a rule, some coins may lack full definition in the stars and Liberty's hair.

Seven die marriages are known for this currency strike issue. These resulted from various combinations of six obverses with just two reverses. They vary greatly in relative rarity, but little interest has been shown in collecting this series by die marriages. The co-authors of the definitive reference book on Seated Liberty Dollars, Dick Osburn and Brian Cushing, included a "Top-30" list of the most desirable varieties for the series, and this may result in wider appreciation of variety collecting.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 1/15/2020

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1842 $1 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 325 345 385 525 625 850 900 1050 1700 2200 2750 3150 4000 9250 - - - - - -
$ - - - - 1950 - 2850 - - 22500 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 691
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 64

The chart showing PrAg series, G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 5/4/2021 1842 $1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base357149457103676910388423261016------689
-------------113------5
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Total357149457103676910388424271119------695
 0%1%1%2%14%8%15%10%10%15%13%1%3%4%2%3%------ 
1842 $1 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------1--1---------2
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Total---------1--1---------2
 ---------50%--50%--------- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1842 $1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base729754865949106614271488175318652143236827272847317239525774115751213312710133081430517756
737791893988118614471576179019582218248827672955343245597708117611232512909136401545518644
00000015761790195822182488276729553432455977081176112325129091364000
00000016651828205022932607280730643692516796411194712518131091397300
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 3952
Owner: K M Lust
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 2143
Owner: john27703
 
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