Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dollars (1840-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 26.7300g
ASW: 0.7734oz
Melt Value: $21.47 (5/17/2021)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
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1856 $1 PF obverse 1856 $1 PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

It would yet a few more years before the U. S. Mint began recording proof coin mintages, but Osburn/Cushing estimated this date's production at about 80 pieces. Something over half that number survive, several gems among them. While Cameo proofs are very rare for proofs made prior to 1854, the Mint perfected its process after that time, and certified Cameo specimens are increasingly available for that year and later.

A single obverse die was paired with a single reverse for 1856 proof silver dollars. This reverse, however, was used for proof dollars dated 1857-58, as well as several restrikes of earlier dates that are presumed to have been coined circa 1859-60. The obverse die does not show the repunching typical of currency strikes, making it easy to distinguish the two editions even when a subject coin is worn.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/24/2019

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1856 $1 PF
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1856 $1 PF CA
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 37
Low Grade: 58
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 5/11/2021 1856 $1 PF
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Base----------112341651----33
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Total----------112341651----33
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1856 $1 PF CA
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Base----------------121---4
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Total---------------1121---5
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1856 $1 PF CA
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000000313682459311435824005455652366203712476039404346887266500
1856 $1 PF UC
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Base3333333321472781347838524319493556756794765179601057148474883961
333333371723583013360240074524518160487079775488302320561781883961
00000037172358301336024007452451816048707977548830232056178100
000000314322569324537274163472954286421736578579700358397508800
1856 $1 PF
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Base33333333194925403194354539844565526463247138743199184523082503134561
33333336512146275833113691417747985617659572358260216885765499855141289
00000036512146275833113691417747985617659572358260216885765400
000000313002343297634283837437150315970686673339089334597007800
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Grade: PF 65 CA
Points: 7403
Owner: mr cool
 
Grade: PF 64
Points: 6324
Owner: NW Collections
 
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