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Obverse of 1862 Gold Dollar       Reverse of 1862 Gold Dollar

  
1862 GOLD DOLLAR

PCGS Nos: 7560, 7612

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 1,361,355
Proofs: 35

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

Images courtesy of Superior Galleries

Significant examples:
PCGS PR66 (illustrated above).  From Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", June 5-7, 2000, Lot 2061, where it sold for $13,225.00 and was described as follows: "1862 PCGS PR66 The Finest Certified Population: 1 with 0 higher. Features pristine and beautiful cameo-like quality, wherein the fields are superbly mirrored which give support to the satin frosted devices. Examination reveals that even the letters in the legends and denomination as well as the date digits are frosted!  Die polish shows in ERTY. One of only 35 struck. Possibly 15 to 20 survive in all, several impounded, others impaired, very few in a class with the present coin. Very few examples have been graded, with the finest being this Proof 66. (PCGS holder 6586318)

Recent appearances:
Superior Stamp & Coin Co., Inc.'s 2/93:1277, NGC Proof 65 Cameo brought $13,750

Bowers 11/97:1174, PCGS Proof 65

"Gem Proof".  Stack's 11/94:1182

Proof.  Eliasberg:50 at $8,800

Proof.  Ex - Superior Stamp & Coin Co., Inc.'s 5/89 sale at $10,450

Proof.  Trompeter 2/92:8, $12,100

NGC MS-66.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "The ANA 2001 National Money Show Auction", March 8-9, 2001, Lot 745, sold for $2,300.00

MS-64.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7058, not illustrated, not sold

PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8806, not plated, sold for $805.00

PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 1192, not illustrated, sold for $805.00

NGC MS-63.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 1418, sold for $603.75

MS-63.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 64, not illustrated, sold for $402.50  From Stack's sale of the Delp Collection, November 1972, Lot 773

MS-63.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 65, not illustrated, sold for $632.50  Purchased from Stanley Kesselman, June 8, 1971

ANACS MS-63.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1216, not illustrated, sold for $414.00

NGC MS-62.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7476, "Doubled Die Obverse", illustrated, not sold

Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 1419, sold for $195.50

Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 982, not plated, sold for $402.50

AU-58.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 651, sold for $184.00

About Uncirculated.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 1420, sold for $195.50

AU-50.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1217, not illustrated, sold for $207.00

AU-50, Obv Dig.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 5957, not illustrated, not sold

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-67's.

The finest Proof examples graded by PCGS are 2 PR-66's.

The finest Proof Cameo example graded by PCGS is a single PRCA-63.

The finest Proof Deep Cameo example graded by PCGS is a single PRDC-64.

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