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: $20.22 (4/21/2021)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
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1863 $1 PF obverse 1863 $1 PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

Sales of proof coins declined in 1863, and this may have reflected the challenge of purchasing these coins during the Civil War. The federal paper money introduced in 1861 very shortly began to depreciate as compared to its gold and silver coin equivalents, and hard money quickly disappeared from circulation in most of the nation. This prices for proof coins were thus for payment in gold or silver, while those tendering paper money had to pay a premium that grew steadily to a peak in the summer of 1864.

Gems of this date are scarce but available to the more determined collectors. Cameo pieces have been certified in far lower numbers, while Ultra Cameo proofs are all but unknown.

A recurring pattern of recent years was the use of a single obverse die paired with two different reverses, and this was repeated for 1863. Also a repeat was the use of entirely separate dies for currency strikes, while the proofs of the 1850s had experienced some mingling of the two issues. Both proof reverse dies for 1863 silver dollars would continue in use into the following year.

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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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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 135
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: 4/20/2021 1863 $1 PF
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Base----------3151728331443-1-109
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Total----------3151728341554-1-113
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1863 $1 PF CA
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Base-------------161161-1--26
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Total-------------171261-2--29
 -------------3%24%41%21%3%-7%-- 

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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