Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dollars (1840-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 46,110
Catalog: KM-71
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 26.73g
ASW: 0.7734oz
Melt Value: $13.63 (10/28/2016)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1853 S$1 MS obverse 1853 S$1 MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

The Philadelphia Mint produced 46,110 Silver Dollars in 1853, a sizeable total, especially when one considers that old tenor silver coins of all denominations had ceased to circulate after the discovery of gold in California. While most Seated Dollars produced in the 1850s were exported, Bowers suggests that a decent number of coins dated 1853 remained within the United States. Indeed, representatives of the 1853 delivery are among the most plentiful Seated Dollars from this decade in today's market. We caution bidders, however, that most 1853 Dollars extant are circulated to one degree or another. Bowers does note that a small hoard of Mint State examples may have come to light in the 1970s or early 1980s, all of which are either brilliant or golden toned with thickly frosted luster.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/20/2016

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1853 S$1 MS
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Total Graded: 147
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 66

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Auction Prices Realized

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1/9/2008 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2008 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Coin Auction #454, 454/Lot# 1840 $4,312.50
5/24/2009 NGC MS 61   Goldberg May 24-27, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 53/Lot# 641 $3,795.00
1/21/2013 PCGS F 15   Teletrade Auction 3414, 3414/Lot# 2067 $675.00
8/11/2013 NGC AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/11/2013, 87/Lot# 131969 $1,925.00
12/1/2013 PCGS MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 780, 789/Lot# 205 $1,100.00
2/3/2014 PCGS MS 60   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(5), 1202/Lot# 8426 $499.38
6/8/2014 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131424/Lot# 26686 $217.38
11/10/2015 NGC   Stack's Bowers November 2015 Baltimore, 6110/Lot# 26149 $1,116.25

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1853 S$1 MS
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 13112
Owner: Tradedollarnut
Grade: AU 58
Points: 2754
Owner: G & R coins
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