Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dollars (1840-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 61,005
Catalog: KM-71
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 26.73g
ASW: 0.7734oz
Melt Value: $11.62 (2/8/2016)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1840 S$1 MS obverse 1840 S$1 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Although relatively obtainable in grades at or below the VF level, the 1840 is a challenging coin to locate in XF, AU, and Mint State. While many first-year issues from later series (1909 VDB Lincoln Cents, 1883 No CENTS Liberty Nickel, to name just two examples) were saved by the public at the time of issue, fate was not so kind to the 1840 Seated Dollar. The small number of collectors who were active in the 1840s, as well as the economic pressures of the Hard Times, seem to explain the conditionally challenging status of this date.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/22/2015

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1840 S$1 MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 290 360 450 550 950 1525 2050 2750 3250 7000 14000 23000 55000 95000 - - - - -
$ 1050 - 2300 3000 3500 7750 16000 26000 60000 105000 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 261
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 64


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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
Price
1/12/2005 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2005 Ft. Lauderdale FL. (FUN) Signature Sale #360, 360/Lot# 8226 $8,050.00
1/29/2012 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 768 $632.50
2/28/2012 PCGS MS 62   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 4122 $7,475.00
5/27/2012 NGC AU 55   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 19995/Lot# 1082 $1,228.00
7/23/2012 NGC AU 55   Teletrade Auction 3316, 3316/Lot# 1886 $1,400.00
11/24/2013 PCGS AU 50   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 779, 788/Lot# 619 $1,312.00
3/9/2014 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/09/2014, 167/Lot# 147512 $618.20
3/20/2014 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2014 March 20 The Collection of Donald E. Bently - Bently Foundation US Coins Signature Auction - San Francisco Session(1), 1205/Lot# 30079 $3,055.00
6/30/2014 NGC VF 25   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3488, 6037/Lot# 20374 $405.38
7/9/2015 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2015 July 9 - 12 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Summer FUN Session(2), 1222/Lot# 4097 $1,292.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1840 S$1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base7768029251005117316091707210624332781298534863952536770149918119701254213134137461476718298
7858439521061131816421840221525492849315236414424591679821060212161127391333814086159440
000000184022152549284931523641442459167982106021216112739133381408600
000000197323242665291733193797489564658950112861235112937135421442700
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 7014
Owner: mr cool
 
Grade: MS 62
Points: 5367
Owner: ddr70
 
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