1851 $1 PF obverse 1851 $1 PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

It appears that no proof silver dollars were coined during 1851; at least, none have been confirmed as dating from that year. With the growing popularity of coin collecting in the mid-late 1850s, the U. S. Mint obliged collectors desiring proofs of this date with ones produced from new dies. The lack of any examples found having the perennial proof reverse die of 1840 reinforces this conclusion. Instead, three proof die marriages are known from two obverses and three different reverse dies that are likewise mated to proofs dated 1856-58, 1859 and 1865, respectively. These dates provide reasonable time stamps for the striking of the 1851 proofs in three batches.

Osburn and Cushing estimated that about 75 proof 1851 silver dollars were coined in all, with perhaps 45 or so known to survive. Gems are exceedingly rare, but all proofs of this date show some degree of Cameo contrast, though not always enough to be certified so.

Though the number of surviving proofs is higher than for most Seated Liberty Dollars before 1854, this issue is always in high demand due to the great rarity of 1851 currency strikes.

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Last Updated: 6/24/2019

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1851 $1 PF
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 22000 23500 27500 39000 45000 80000 - - - - -
1851 $1 PF CA
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 28500 40000 47000 79500 115000 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 19
Low Grade: 60
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 65

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 4/20/2021 1851 $1 PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----------114441-----15
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Total-----------114441-----15
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1851 $1 PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------111-1-----4
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Total------------111-1-----4
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1851 $1 PF CA
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Base3333333340205015608266446938734075867818916099181086757675104468134561
33333331342435153706269674270727422766382659412102342646973272114499141289
0000003134243515370626967427072742276638265941210234264697327200
0000003268146835726645668407206750477408712966510550420728887000
1851 $1 PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333338524817585364006685707773177543884995881051555722100938134561
3333333128641735162603564956815715773927978909598972558470794112145141289
000000312864173516260356495681571577392797890959897255847079400
0000003256944955507621765906946723774678413934110206406538586600
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Grade: PF 65
Points: 8849
Owner: mr cool
 
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