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Obverse of 1874 Gold Dollar     Reverse of 1874 Gold Dollar

  
1874 GOLD DOLLAR

PCGS Nos: 7575, 7624, 97624

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 198,800
Proofs: 20

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) below the wreath on the reverse

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

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated examples graded by PCGS are 27 MS-67's.

The finest Proof example graded by PCGS is a single PR-65.

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

Recent appearances:
PCGS Proof-64 Deep Cameo.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc. "The Pre-Long Beach Auction", January 25-28, 2004, Lot 3112, illustrated, sold for $10,925.00

PCGS Proof-64.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 86, illustrated, sold for $9,775.00  Purchased from Manfra, Tordella, and Brooks, March 28, 1979

NGC MS-65 (illustrated above).  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 655, sold for $1,207.00, where it was described (in part) as follows: "This coin has bright, fresh luster throughout, with clean devices that show full details. A glass will note a few tick marks in the fields, keeping this coin from an even higher grade. Slightly prooflike on the obverse, the reverse more satiny, but it shows faint hairlines.
By 1874 the master hub, used to produce dies at the Mint, was showing substantial wear. In fact, the word LIBERTY had become so weak that on most of the working dies from 1873-74, LIBERTY can scarcely be seen on coins struck by these dies. On this particular coin, part of the "L" is visible on Liberty's headband. William Barber came to the rescue, and produced a new hub to manufacture dies, and LIBERTY was soon restored through the end of production in 1889."

PCGS MS-65.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8814, not plated, unsold

NGC MS-64.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 2120, unsold

MS-64.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 87, illustrated, sold for $632.50  Purchased from Strauss Coin, December 13, 1971

MS-64.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 88, illustrated, sold for $632.50  Purchased from the Goliad Collection, November 3, 1971, Lot 714

PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8812, not plated, sold for $805.00

NGC MS-64.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8813, not plated, sold for $805.00  From the Clyde Godfrey Collection

NGC MS-63.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 2121, sold for $471.50

MS-63.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 2122, sold for $368.00

PCGS MS-63.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 656, sold for $500.00

NGC MS-63.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7479, not illustrated, sold for $488.75

MS-63.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 5661, not illustrated, sold for $632.50

MS-63.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 89, not illustrated, sold for $529.00  From Stack's sale of the Shapero Collection, October 1971, Lot 714

MS-60 Plus.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 3927, not illustrated, sold for $195.00

Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 1435, sold for $488.75

Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 1436, sold for $603.75

Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 1437, sold for $253.00

Brilliant Uncirculated, nearly Choice.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1646, not plated, sold for $345.00

Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 984, not plated, sold for $805.00

Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 985, not plated, sold for $172.50

Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 986, not plated, sold for $184.00

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