Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dollars (1840-1873)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 9,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 26.7300g
ASW: 0.7734oz
Melt Value: $21.18 (5/7/2021)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
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1872 S $1 MS obverse 1872 S $1 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The 1872-S silver dollar is one of just three issues for this type struck at the San Francisco Mint and the only one reasonably obtainable by collectors for the subtype with motto IN GOD WE TRUST. Its production of 9,000 pieces is small even for this generally low-mintage series. Just a single pair of dies was utilized, with the S mintmark being quite small, as seen on several other denominations for that year.

Mint State examples are very rare, certainly fewer than two dozen being known. These may display either frosty or semi-prooflike fields, but no gems of this entry have been certified. Unlike most coins of this type, the 1872-S dollar has very broad distribution within the circulated grades, with many pieces being quite worn. The number of Details graded coins is a little more than half that recorded with Numeric grades.

All 9,000 1872-S silver dollars were coined in September and then distributed in several batches, the last during January-February of 1873. This issue was intended primarily for domestic circulation, though at least one piece is known bearing Chinese chopmarks. It may have been among the 1,084 silver dollars paid to the Bank of California September 25, 1872 in exchange for a deposit of Mexican dollars (eight-reales pieces).



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Last Updated: 1/17/2020

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1872 S $1 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 600 900 1300 1450 2000 3750 4300 6500 8500 12000 13000 20000 25000 80000 - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 125
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 45
High Grade: 64

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 5/4/2021 1872 S $1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base116720929881410-2442------125
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Total116720929881410-2442------125
 1%1%5%6%16%7%23%6%6%11%8%-2%3%3%2%------ 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1872 S $1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base879908136319282179275428853238348643615049620967537138851511754123181290213507141321517318774
8891060155120122371279830033321377845905436639068817597959511942125131310413715144791637319713
000000300333213778459054366390688175979595119421251313104137151447900
0000003120340340694820582265727010805610674121301270713305139241482600
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Grade: AU 50
Points: 3238
Owner: bill413
 
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