Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dollars (1840-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 423,700
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 26.7300g
ASW: 0.7734oz
Melt Value: $13.64 (10/19/2019)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
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1869 $1 MS obverse 1869 $1 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

At 423,700 business strikes, the 1869 Liberty Seated dollar is on the high side among series mintages. Whatever happened to most of those coins is quite a mystery. Q. David Bowers notes in his Silver Dollars and Trade Dollars of the United States: A Complete Encyclopedia: 'In The Gobrecht Journal, March 1986, Harry E. Salyards, M.D. contributed 'Rarity of the 1869 Dollar,' which told of his survey of 57 different coins which appeared in 128 auction sales, 1975-1985. He noted that ? 36 Proofs [of just 600 made] appeared in comparison to only 23 business strikes. The latter broke down to eight Uncirculated coins and 14 in lesser grades.'

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Last Updated: 6/21/2019

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1869 $1 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 141
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 65

The chart showing G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1869 $1 MS
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Base-231208106131714281310103-----140
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Total-231208106131714281310103-----140
 -1 %2 %1 %14 %6 %7 %4 %9 %12 %10 %1 %6 %9 %7 %7 %2 %----- 
1869 $1 MS Prooflike
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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
10/28/1998 PCGS AU 55   Teletrade Auction 1100, 1100/Lot# 1692 $872.00
1/23/2006 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2006 January Dallas, TX The Jules Reiver Collection Signature Auction #390, 390/Lot# 21561 $776.25
10/22/2007 NGC MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 188, 194/Lot# 8556 $4,312.50
12/25/2011 NGC Details AU Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/25/2011, 150/Lot# 27986 $382.80
9/2/2012 NGC MS 60   Goldberg September 2-5, 2012 The September 2-5, 2012, 70/Lot# 1422 $1,955.00
8/30/2013 NGC AU 55   Stack's Bowers The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, 195/Lot# 3189 $1,527.50
9/25/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(8), 1189/Lot# 8666 $440.63
11/1/2013 NGC XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 1 - 3 US Coin Signature Auction - New York Session(5), 1191/Lot# 7993 $514.65
3/20/2014 NGC Details UNC Details  Heritage Auctions 2014 March 20 The Collection of Donald E. Bently - Bently Foundation US Coins Signature Auction - San Francisco Session(1), 1205/Lot# 30106 $1,175.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1869 $1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base783811908990112414771558184319892250246427813194356440645367111721293713543141691521318820
792843935103512421504165318922076232125702919331737314498730211760131391375214517164150
00000016531892207623212570291933173731449873021176013139137521451700
00000017481940216323932675305634413897493392371234913341139601486500
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Grade: MS 60
Points: 2781
Owner: ddr70
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 2464
Owner: Tweed Collection
 
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