Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dollars (1840-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 94,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 26.7300g
ASW: 0.7734oz
Melt Value: $11.60 (6/19/2019)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
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1857 $1 MS obverse 1857 $1 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

While the Mint's official 1857 Annual Report and the Guide Book both list the mintage of the 1857 Seated Liberty dollar as 94,000 pieces, research by R.W. Julian indicates a delivery of 490 pieces on May 29, 1857 was mistakenly omitted from the total. Q. David Bowers speculates the small delivery may have been a special striking for unknown purposes. Because the silver dollar contained a $1.046 melt-down value in silver, the coins rarely circulated domestically. Most examples were used in the China trade, and ultimately melted in the Orient, with the result that the issue is much rarer than generally supposed today. Bowers estimates a few hundred coins may still exist in circulated grades, with Mint State examples 'quite rare.'

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1857 $1 MS
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Base $ 590 590 675 1125 1650 3290 3500 4000 4350 4710 4910 5410 7500 14700 78500 103000 - - - -
$ - - - - 4400 - - 6500 - - 85000 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 85
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 6/19/2019 1857 $1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---2213235918111215-3----77
---------------1------1
----------1----1------2
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Total---22132351018111217-3----80
 ---3 %3 %1 %4 %3 %4 %6 %13 %1 %10 %14 %15 %21 %-4 %---- 
1857 $1 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------1241-----8
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-------------1--------1
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Total-------------2241-----9
 -------------22 %22 %44 %11 %----- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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Sale / Lot
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11/5/2007 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 192, 198/Lot# 805 $2,311.50
5/31/2009 PCGS AU 53   Teletrade Auction 2699, 2699/Lot# 1996 $1,840.00
8/11/2010 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2010 August Boston, MA Signature & Platinum Night ANA Coin Auction #1143, 1143/Lot# 5141 $4,600.00
9/19/2010 NGC MS 64   Goldberg $10,063.00
2/28/2012 PCGS AU 50   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 8067 $3,162.50
9/25/2013 PCGS Genuine XF   Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(8), 1189/Lot# 8628 $940.00
5/11/2014 NGC Details VF Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/11/2014, 179/Lot# 192034 $993.30
1/6/2016 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2016 January 6 - 11 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Tampa Session(2), 1231/Lot# 4338 $3,525.00
7/7/2016 PCGS Genuine XF   Heritage Auctions 2016 July 7 - 10 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Summer FUN Session(1), 1237/Lot# 3713 $1,527.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1857 $1 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base996102812461363164921972302262828072885321634673639411151587138112941184212409129961397617370
100711011285145818322232241126882833299533003524379644605818852311477120311260513323151070
00000024112688283329953300352437964460581885231147712031126051332300
00000025192747285931063383358239544809647899091165912220128001364900
1857 $1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base996102812461363164921972302262828072885321634673639411151587138112941184212409129961397617370
100711011285145818322232241126882833299533003524379644605818852311477120311260513323151070
00000024112688283329953300352437964460581885231147712031126051332300
00000025192747285931063383358239544809647899091165912220128001364900
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 11842
Owner: Tradedollarnut
 
Grade: MS 64
Points: 7138
Owner: mr cool
 
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