Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dollars (1840-1873)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 20,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 26.7300g
ASW: 0.7734oz
Melt Value: $21.44 (5/17/2021)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
Link to this coin

1859 S $1 MS obverse 1859 S $1 MS reverse
Expand All    Collapse All

Description & Analysis

As its low mintage suggests the 1859-S silver dollar is a very scarce issue that is found in a broad range of grades. Most are in the higher circulated grades, while Mint State pieces are rare and almost always below the choice level. The typical 1859-S dollar is less than fully struck, with weakness at the upper edge of the eagle's right wing being almost universal for the issue.

Two die marriages are known, each having unique obverse and reverse dies. Both obverses feature repunching of numerals 18 that faded as the dies wore and were repolished to extend their useful lives. NGC will attribute this variety, when visible, under its VarietyPlus service.

The San Francisco Mint coined Seated Liberty Silver Dollars only rarely, and this is surprising given the fact that westerners favored hard money over paper currency. The collectable dates include only 1859 and 1872, both of which are scarce but not truly rare. The 1870-S silver dollars were struck solely for commemorative purposes, while the 700 pieces reported for 1873, if they were in fact struck, were never released and went to the melting pot.

GRADE SUMMARY

Loading... Working...

Use the scroll bar at the bottom of this box to view a summary of the NGC Price Guide, NGC Census, Auction Prices Realized and NGC Registry Scores for each grade.

There was no data found for this Coin.

Select Designation

 
NGC PRICE GUIDE
NGC CENSUS
AUCTION PRICES REALIZED
NGC REGISTRY
SCORE
FIND IT ON EBAY

Select Grade

Price Guide

Last Updated: 1/15/2020

Click on a price to see historical prices, comparison charts and trends.

1859 S $1 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 700 1000 1350 1800 2750 3900 4000 4200 7500 9000 10500 11000 18250 - 140000 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 39500 70000 - - - -

NGC Price and Value Guides Disclaimer

Disclaimer: The prices listed in the various NGC Price and Value Guides are compiled from a number of independent, third party sources in the numismatic community which NGC believes to be reliable. Prices provided are averages, not specific prices for individual coins. Further, because these prices are only updated from time to time, they do not reflect short term pricing trends, which are quite common and are often quite dramatic, given the volatile nature of the collectible coin marketplace. This is especially true for rare coins, where there are fewer sales and greater variations in sale prices. For all of these reasons, the prices in these guides are designed to serve merely as one of many measures and factors that coin buyers and sellers can use in determining coin values. These prices are not intended, and should not be relied upon, to replace the due diligence and — when appropriate — expert consultation that coin buyers and sellers should undertake when entering into a coin transaction. As such, NGC disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information contained in the NGC Guides. By using the NGC Guides, the user agrees that neither NGC nor any of its affiliates, shareholders, officers, employees or agents shall have any liability for any loss or damage of any kind, including without limitation any loss arising from reliance on the information contained in the Guides.

Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 158
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 65

The chart showing PrAg series, G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 5/11/2021 1859 S $1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base13411201223111320193835-1-----157
-----------------------
-----------------------
-----------------------
Total13411201223111320193835-1-----157
 1%2%3%7%13%8%15%7%8%13%12%2%5%2%3%-1%----- 
1859 S $1 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------1--------1
-----------------------
-----------------------
-----------------------
Total-------------1--------1
 -------------100%-------- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1859 S $1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base935966117314382029261427543303360139024731536755636089833812902136061423414884155551667320526
9451035126116352224266129373402370141784943543257386839985913137138151445115108159281795721552
000000293734023701417849435432573868399859131371381514451151081592800
0000003120350238024455515554985914758811381133711402514667153311630000
Registry Image Gallery
Grade: MS 63
Points: 8338
Owner: mr cool
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 3902
Owner: bill413
 
View the Registry Image Gallery

Related Articles

There are no related articles for this coin.

NGC Auction Central Disclaimer

NGC Auction Central Disclaimer

Disclaimer: The auction prices realized listed in the NGC Auction Central are compiled from a number of independent, third party sources in the numismatic community which NGC believes to be reliable. The auction data listed by NGC may occasionally contain typographical or input errors that can result in incorrect prices realized appearing on the NGC website. Therefore, the prices realized listed in NGC Auction Central are designed to serve merely as one of many measures and facts that coin buyers and sellers can use in determining coin values. These prices are not intended, and should not be relied upon, to replace the due diligence and – when appropriate – expert consultation that coin buyers and sellers should undertake when entering into a coin transaction. As such, NGC disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information contained in the NGC Auction Central. By using the NGC Auction Central, the user agrees that neither NGC nor any of its affiliates, shareholders, officers, employees or agents shall have any liability for any loss or damage of any kind, including without limitation any loss arising from reliance on the information contained in the NGC Auction Central.