Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dollars (1840-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 800
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 26.7300g
ASW: 0.7734oz
Melt Value: $20.12 (4/18/2021)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
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1859 $1 PF obverse 1859 $1 PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

The Philadelphia Mint coined 800 proof sets in anticipation of sales that did not fully materialize. Though coin collecting had become much more popular in the past year or two than previously, it's doubtful that more than 400-500 proof silver dollars were sold. That still makes 1859 the more available issue of the series to that point, and a fair number of gems have survived. Also certified are a number of Cameo and even Ultra Cameo specimens.

A single die pair produced this mintage. The obverse die has numeral 1 repunched at its bottom, readily distinguishing proofs from the three obverses used for currency strikes. The reverse die also saw service in the coining of proof restrikes dated 1851, 1852, 1854 and 1858. These were likely struck within a year or two of the 1859 proof dollars, as the demand for proofs of earlier dates took off around this time.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/21/2019

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1859 $1 PF
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 2600 3350 3600 4900 7500 14000 27000 65000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 7950 - 35000 80000 -
1859 $1 PF CA
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 5000 6100 9000 20000 48000 77500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 7000 - 29000 57500 - -
1859 $1 PF UC
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 153
Low Grade: 60
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 4/13/2021 1859 $1 PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----------5818244317171---133
-----------------12---3
--------------11-1----3
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Total-----------5818254417193---139
 -----------4%6%13%18%32%12%14%2%--- 
1859 $1 PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------2393-1---18
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--------------1--1----2
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Total-------------249311---20
 -------------10%20%45%15%5%5%--- 
1859 $1 PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------------11----2
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Total----------------11----2
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1859 $1 PF CA
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Base3333333310101379179920292233255228573830564367949554108674429079652
333333333811331519187520972339265331814434602677149991220085607783635
0000003338113315191875209723392653318144346026771499912200800
00000036741256165919522165244527553505503864108634104293314900
1859 $1 PF UC
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Base3333333310661450188621242335266529803983584670279854111974579682339
3333333357119415951965219424452770331446046239796910301227305797786456
00000033571194159519652194244527703314460462397969103012273000
00000037111322174020442264255528753648522566338911107493426300
1859 $1 PF
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Base333333339491303170719282124243327273668542765459234105154268376785
333333331810671437178019932227253130404254579974419661212375405080624
0000003318106714371780199322272531304042545799744196612123700
00000036331185157218542058233026293354484061728337100883196000
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Grade: PF 67
Points: 9661
Owner: Simpson
 
Grade: PF 67 CA
Points: 9554
Owner: mr cool
 
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