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: $13.29 (5/26/2017)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
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1863 S$1 MS obverse 1863 S$1 MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

Only 27,200 business-strike Seated Liberty dollars were minted in 1863, along with 460 proof examples. Civil War hoarding caused the government to suspend specie payments, and most of the small mintage was struck on private account for depositors of silver bullion. Banks, bullion dealers, and merchants also purchased coins at a premium, for use in foreign trade. Walter Breen stated most silver dollars of the era were 'exported to Latin American and East Indian ports.' The combination of low mintage and high exportation rate resulted in a minuscule supply of 1863 dollars available for numismatic purposes. The date is scarce in all grades today, and Mint State examples are rare. Q. David Bowers estimates perhaps 275-400 coins survive in circulated grades, with approximately 50-90 specimens extant in Mint State. At the Gem level, Bowers believes only 8-12 pieces are known. We believe those estimates significantly higher than the actual survival rate.

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


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/20/2016

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1863 S$1 MS
Base $ 700 1175 1350 1475 2100 2350 2550 2900 3400 3900 4300 5250 6850 15000 67500 100000 130000 - - -
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Total Graded: 78
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 67

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2/20/2005 PCGS XF 45   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 1720 $1,265.00
7/5/2006 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2006 July Dallas, TX Coin Signature Auction #407, 407/Lot# 2657 $2,185.00
9/10/2007 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 176, 182/Lot# 773 $11,500.00
9/23/2007 NGC MS 62   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 2914 $4,370.00
10/30/2011 PCGS VG 8   Teletrade Auction 3163, 3163/Lot# 2433 $625.00
7/14/2013 PCGS Genuine XF   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/14/2013, 83/Lot# 125827 $578.60
7/27/2013 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 4362 $17,625.00
3/20/2014 NGC XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2014 March 20 The Collection of Donald E. Bently - Bently Foundation US Coins Signature Auction - San Francisco Session(1), 1205/Lot# 30102 $3,172.50

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NGC Registry Score 1863 S$1 MS
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