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Obverse of 1859-S Gold Dollar     Reverse of 1859-S Gold Dollar

  
1859-S GOLD DOLLAR

PCGS No: 7554

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 15,000
Proofs: 0

Designer: James Barton Longacre

Diameter: 14.3 millimeters

Metal content:
 Gold - 90%
Silver and Copper - 10%

Weight: 25.8 grains (1.7 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: "S" (for San Francisco, CA) below the wreath on the reverse

Images courtesy of Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.

Notes:
The finest example graded by PCGS is a single MS-64.

Significant examples:
PCGS MS-63 (illustrated above).  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 647 @$9,775.00, "Better than the examples offered in the recent Harry Bass, Jr. holdings...Identifiable by a tiny tick mark on Liberty's nose, near here eye."

Recent appearances:
AU-55.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 60, illustrated, sold for $1,725.00  From Stack's sale of March 29-31, 1973, Lot 760

NGC AU-55.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8804, plated, sold for $1,265.00

Choice EF.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 1413 at $805.00

PCGS EF-45.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8803, not plated, sold for $431.25

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