Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dollars (1840-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 33,140
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 26.7300g
ASW: 0.7734oz
Melt Value: $13.28 (5/23/2017)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
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1854 S$1 MS obverse 1854 S$1 MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

Business strike mintage of Seated Liberty dollars amounted to 33,140 pieces in 1854, a low mintage to be sure, but not unusually low for the era. For some unknown reason, the date became scarce almost as soon as it was issued. Q. David Bowers speculates many examples may have been appropriated for the China trade, as there was great demand for silver from that remote quarter. Writing in the American Journal of Numismatics for March 1869, early dealer Edward Cogan listed the silver dollar issues he considered rare. Four Seated Liberty dollars made the list, the 1851,1852, 1854, and 1858. The other dates on Cogan's list have become celebrated rarities over the years, but the 1854 has remained obscure. The date is scarce in all grades today, and Mint State examples are undeniably rare.

Description and Analysis courtesy of Heritage Auctions and may not be republished without written permission.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/20/2016

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1854 S$1 MS
Base $ 1200 1550 2250 3150 5000 6500 6850 7500 8350 9100 9650 13750 16000 24000 82500 130000 - - - -
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Total Graded: 46
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 65

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
3/16/1996 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 1996 Mid-Winter ANA Signature Sale #153, 153/Lot# 6485 $22,550.00
2/20/2005 PCGS AU 55   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 1694 $6,900.00
5/4/2005 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2005 St. Louis, MO (CSNS) Signature Auction #372, 372/Lot# 7617 $4,600.00
8/15/2011 NGC AU 50   Stack's Bowers The August 2011 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 115/Lot# 10549 $2,875.00
3/20/2014 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2014 March 20 The Collection of Donald E. Bently - Bently Foundation US Coins Signature Auction - San Francisco Session(1), 1205/Lot# 30092 $9,993.38
9/4/2014 PCGS Genuine UNC   Heritage Auctions 2014 September 4 - 6 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1209/Lot# 4298 $4,993.75
1/7/2015 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(3), 1216/Lot# 5324 $6,110.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1854 S$1 MS
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 4630
Owner: Tweed Collection
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