Description and Analysis

Seated Liberty Dollars
1850 $1 PF

Description & Analysis

As with all proofs before the mid-1850s, the 1850 proof silver dollar is rare. Proof mintages were not recorded prior to the 1860s, as the coins were created and sold in a manner more akin to that used for medals. Perhaps two dozen exist, with very few of these achieving gem status.

Only one die marriage is confirmed. It combines the obverse subsequently used to coin currency strikes with the familiar reverse of 1840 used for nearly all dates of pre-1855 proof dollars. The numeral 0 in the date is repunched at its lower left. Both Walter Breen's proof book (1989 edition) and Q. David Bowers' 1993 silver dollar encyclopedia mention a second die marriage that utilized a different obverse paired with a reverse die used for 1848 dollars, but Osburn and Cushing were not able to locate a confirmation piece.