Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dollars (1840-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 27,200
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 26.7300g
ASW: 0.7734oz
Melt Value: $19.61 (3/8/2021)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
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1863 $1 MS obverse 1863 $1 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Like most Philadelphia Mint silver coins of the Civil War years the 1863 silver dollar was coined in small quantity and very little circulation. It's likely that those produced were retained at the Philadelphia Mint to pay depositors of silver bullion or to accommodate the rare request for this denomination from collectors and visitors to the mint. It's not surprising then that this date is disproportionately available at or very near Mint State, while worn examples are as rare or more so. Enough choice pieces survive to satisfy advanced series collectors, but the number of gems is very small. The 1863 silver dollar tends to be well struck and semi-prooflike, the dies having been little used.

Just one pair of dies was utilized to produce the currency coins, and it's thus possible that the entire mintage was completed in a single press run. The reverse die was unique to this date.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 1/16/2020

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1863 $1 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 700 1175 1700 2175 3000 3500 3750 4000 4350 4750 5000 6000 7800 15000 53500 100000 130000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 8500 19850 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 82
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 67

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 3/2/2021 1863 $1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-1312483167146922211---82
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Total-1312483167146922212---83
 -1%4%1%2%5%10%4%1%7%8%1%5%7%11%27%2%1%2%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1863 $1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1233127115831865202922332335251026712781303333653564390243196473110471293713606142341528218901
1246137516771920209722672393256427082865314434313677404150377998116771316013815145831648819846
00000023932564270828653144343136774041503779981167713160138151458300
00000024522617274429493254349837894180575595221230713383140251493300
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