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Obverse of 1853 One Dollar - Gold     Reverse of 1853 One Dollar - Gold


1853 ONE DOLLAR - GOLD

PCGS No: 7521

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 
4,076,051
Proofs: 0

Designer: James Barton Longacre

Diameter: ±12.7 millimeters

Metal content:
Gold - 90%
Other - 10% 

Weight: ±25.8 grains (±1.7 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: None (for Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) below the wreath on the reverse

Images courtesy of Superior Galleries

Notes:
Gold Dollars owe their existence to the California Gold Rush, when the precious yellow metal suddenly became so plentiful that two new denominations (Gold Dollars and Double Eagles) were introduced into the American monetary system.  The 1853 Gold Dollar is part of the design series issued from 1849 to 1854.  Known as “Type One,” this design features a small head of Miss Liberty on the front and a simple wreath on the back.  The 1853 Gold Dollar has the highest mintage of any Type One Gold Dollar, making it one of the most affordable dates in the series.

The finest Uncirculated examples graded by PCGS are 3 MS-69's.

Significant examples:
NGC MS-68.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries "The Rarities Sale", July 31, 2002, Lot 667, illustrated, sold for $24,150.00

NGC MS-67.  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach" Elite Coin Auction, May 25- 27, Lot 3529, sold for $12,075.00

Recent appearances: 
PGCS MS-65.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 619, illustrated, sold for $3,220.00  From the Luther A. Breck Collection

NGC MS-65.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7468, illustrated, sold for $2,415.00  From the Violet Bancroft Collection

NGC MS-65.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7467, illustrated, sold for $2,530.00  From the Violet Bancroft Collection

MS-65.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 3909, illustrated, sold for $1,840.00

NGC MS-64.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 620, illustrated, not sold

PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", June 5-7, 2000, Lot 2040, sold for $1,092.50

NGC MS-64.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 621, sold for $1,035.00

NGC MS-64.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 622, sold for $977.00

NGC MS-64.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 623, sold for $1,322.00

NGC MS-64.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7466, not illustrated, sold for $805.00

PCGS MS-64.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7465, not illustrated, sold for $828.00

NGC MS-64.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7464, not illustrated, sold for $833.75

NGC MS-64.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7463, not illustrated, sold for $822.25

NGC MS-64.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 3910, illustrated, sold for $1,437.00

MS-64.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 28, illustrated, sold for $1,092.50  Purchased from Stanley Kesselman, February 1, 1972

NGC MS-64.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8785, not plated, sold for $977.50  From the Clyde Godfrey Collection

PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8786, not plated, sold for $2,070.00

NGC MS-64.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1193, illustrated, sold for $1,035.00

NGC MS-63.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 624, sold for $483.00

NGC MS-63.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 2086, unsold

MS-63.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 2087, sold for $391.00

MS-63.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 29, not illustrated, sold for $460.00  From New Netherlands' 61st Sale, June 1970, Lot 428

PCGS MS-63.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1194, not illustrated, sold for $862.00

MS-63.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 1186, not illustrated, sold for $517.50

PCGS MS-62.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8784, not plated, sold for $287.50

MS-60.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 3911, not illustrated, sold for $207.00

Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 1369, sold for $316.25

Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 959, plated, sold for $575.00

Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 960, not plated, sold for $287.50

Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 961, not plated, sold for $195.50

Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 962, not plated, sold for $172.50

PCGS AU-58.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 3912, not illustrated, sold for $218.00

Choice About Uncirculated, and virtually Mint State.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1633, not illustrated, sold for $161.00

Choice About Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 963, not plated, sold for $161.00

Strong AU.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 964, not plated, sold for $172.50

About Uncirculated.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 1370, sold for $161.00

About Uncirculated.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 1371, sold for $143.75

About Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 965, not plated, sold for $172.50

About Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 966, not plated, sold for $161.00

About Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "The Marvin Taichert Collection of U.S. Type Coins", May 9, 2001, Lot 100, plated, sold for $184.00  Ex Coin Galleries' sale of Nov. 29, 1963, lot 717

EF-40.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1196, not illustrated, sold for $184.00

Extremely Fine.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 1372, sold for $126.50

VF-30.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1197, not illustrated, sold for $173.00

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"The PCGS Population Report, April 2004" by The Professional Coin Grading Service