Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dollars (1840-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 460
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 26.7300g
ASW: 0.7734oz
Melt Value: $19.66 (3/8/2021)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
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1863 $1 PF obverse 1863 $1 PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

Only 460 proofs were coined in 1863, and less than half of those pieces survive today. Perhaps only 150 to 200 examples are still known in all grades. It is believed that most or all of the 460 proofs actually found buyers at the time they were struck, despite the difficulties that were encountered. Dave Bowers explained the ordering difficulties in Silver Dollars and Trade Dollars of the United States, A Complete Encyclopedia:

'After July 1862, ordering Proof coins from the Mint became a very difficult business, for silver coins rose significantly above face value (due to widespread hoarding by the public), and the Mint established two price schedules: one price (higher) for payment in greenbacks or bank drafts, and a lower price for payment in coin, like for like.'

Additional valuable information about 19th century monetary conditions, especially during the Civil War, is given in Neil Carothers' book Fractional Money, one of the best and most useful books every published on the topic of subsidiary U.S. coinage

Description and Analysis courtesy of Heritage Auctions and may not be republished without written permission.


GRADE SUMMARY

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Last Updated: 6/24/2019

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1863 $1 PF
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Base $ - - - - - - - - 1650 2450 2650 3400 4500 7300 15000 24000 43000 75000 175000 -
$ - - - - - - - - 5500 8750 18250 34000 - -
1863 $1 PF CA
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 4250 5750 9250 18000 30000 52500 80000 - -
$ - - - - - - - - 6000 10000 - 36000 - -
1863 $1 PF UC
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 137
Low Grade: 58
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 69

The chart showing 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series, 68 series, 69 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 3/2/2021 1863 $1 PF
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Base----------3151728331443-1-109
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---------------11-----2
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Total----------3151728341554-1-113
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1863 $1 PF CA
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Base-------------161361-1--28
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Total-------------171461-2--31
 -------------3%23%45%19%3%-6%-- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1863 $1 PF CA
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00000033031016137317041907219226223177474666848024102342248500
00000036031129150317751968235527253526561768808971105503410300
1863 $1 PF UC
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Base3333333395413091714193621242631295040296713731710226111974726385101
3333333320107214441788199822932737330949236914828610549232195987589356
00000033201072144417881998229327373309492369148286105492321900
00000036371190157918622061246228433669581871159256108733524100
1863 $1 PF
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Base333333338471173154717531928240126993712624868209588105154407679408
33333332849551297161518112085250030364557643877429897217025585383378
000000328495512971615181120852500303645576438774298972170200
00000035651064142216841869224325993374540266298665102063288900
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Grade: PF 67
Points: 9897
Owner: mr cool
 
Grade: PF 66
Points: 8665
Owner: Simpson
 
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