Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dollars (1840-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 26.7300g
ASW: 0.7734oz
Melt Value: $19.24 (1/16/2021)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
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1861 $1 PF obverse 1861 $1 PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

On paper, the 1861 might seem like one of the most common proof Seated Dollars of the Civil War era. After all, the original mintage of 1,000 coins is the second highest in the No Motto series after the 1860. What a quick glance at the Guide Book will not reveal, however, is that the Mint melted 1,061 proof sets on January 13, 1862. Some proof singles may also have been included in this group, and we are fairly certain that a large percentage of the original proof 1861 Dollar delivery met its end that day. The number of surviving examples in today's hobby suggests that approximately 350 proof 1861 Seated Dollars escaped the melting pot, with the certified population dwindling rapidly above the PR64 level.

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Last Updated: 6/24/2019

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1861 $1 PF
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1861 $1 PF CA
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 97
Low Grade: 58
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67

The chart showing 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 1/12/2021 1861 $1 PF
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Base----------127162419862---85
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----------------1-----1
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Total----------1271625191072---89
 ----------1%2%8%18%28%21%11%8%2%--- 
1861 $1 PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------22611----12
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Total-------------22611----12
 -------------17%17%50%8%8%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1861 $1 PF CA
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Base333333339161260165418712029251929943847578367949554108674448080063
333333330710301391172619232192267732784492612077149991220715634184066
0000003307103013911726192321922677327844926120771499912207100
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1861 $1 PF UC
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Base333333339691327173719612124263131224000599070279854111974599082759
3333333325108814631811201522932794341446636335796910301227945824686897
00000033251088146318112015229327943414466363357969103012279400
00000036471207160018862069246229583707532666818911107493439200
1861 $1 PF
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Base333333338611190156817761928240128603685556365459234105154286877184
33333332899701316163718262085255431354311589074419661212995430681043
000000328997013161637182620852554313543115890744196612129900
00000035751080144217061877224327073410493762178337100883208300
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Grade: PF 66 CAMEO
Points: 6794
Owner: Contursi
 
Grade: PF 66
Points: 6545
Owner: mr cool
 
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