Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dollars (1840-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 950
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 26.7300g
ASW: 0.7734oz
Melt Value: $21.83 (5/18/2021)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
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1872 $1 PF obverse 1872 $1 PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

Just a single die marriage has been identified for the proof silver dollars of 1872, and this is an usual situation for that time, despite this date's modest mintage. The reverse was used again in 1873, and it reveals clear doubling that is especially evident in the motto IN GOD WE TRUST.

Osburn and Cushing estimated that some 575 examples survive across all grades. An examination of the NGC Census reveals that most fall into the range of PF 62-64. Gems do exist for the more advanced collectors, and modest numbers of Cameo pieces are also available. Ultra Cameo pieces, however, are extremely rare.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Last Updated: 6/25/2019

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1872 $1 PF
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Base $ - - - - - 1200 1250 1450 1900 2250 2600 3500 3800 6000 12250 27000 45000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 8000 15000 - - -
1872 $1 PF CA
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 3800 4750 7000 16500 33000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 5750 8750 - - - -
1872 $1 PF UC
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 182
Low Grade: 50
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 5/18/2021 1872 $1 PF
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Base-------1-364162235431462---152
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Total-------1-364162235431462---152
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1872 $1 PF CA
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Base-------------281051----26
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Total-------------2810512---28
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1872 $1 PF UC
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Base--------------1--3----4
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Total--------------1--3----4
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1872 $1 PF CA
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1872 $1 PF UC
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Base33333333940129016911911207925612844389652776713871998544170374930
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1872 $1 PF
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Base33333333835115615261730188623352600358648766248815392343879069733
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000000328094212791594178220352423292840165333688385131908600
0000003557104914021662183421852511325744465790751888732893800
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Grade: PF 67 CAMEO
Points: 8814
Owner: Simpson
 
Grade: PF 66 ULTRA CAMEO
Points: 6713
Owner: FloridaFacelifter
 
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