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: $13.96 (7/15/2020)
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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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 86
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 7/7/2020 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 PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------1341-----9
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-------------1--------1
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Total-------------2341-----10
 -------------20%30%40%10%----- 

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NGC Registry Score 1857 $1 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base996102812461363164921972302262828072885321634673639411151587138112941184212409129961397617370
100711011285145818322232241126882833299533003524379644605818852311477120311260513323151070
00000024112688283329953300352437964460581885231147712031126051332300
00000025192747285931063383358239544809647899091165912220128001364900
1857 $1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base996102812461363164921972302262828072885321634673639411151587138112941184212409129961397617370
100711011285145818322232241126882833299533003524379644605818852311477120311260513323151070
00000024112688283329953300352437964460581885231147712031126051332300
00000025192747285931063383358239544809647899091165912220128001364900
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 7138
Owner: mr cool
 
Grade: MS 63
Points: 5158
Owner: kathy&barry
 
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