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Obverse of 1889 Gold Dollar       Reverse of 1889 Gold Dollar

  
1889 GOLD DOLLAR

PCGS Nos: 7590, 7639, 87639, 97639

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 28,950
Proofs: 1,779

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 Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.

Significant examples:

Recent appearances:
PCGS Proof-66 (illustrated above).  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 661, sold for $9,430.00, where it was described (in part) as follows: "Identifiable by a small planchet mark below Liberty's chin, and a tiny tick mark on the lower right side of the denomination. In PCGS holder #5781537"

PCGS MS-67.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. Lariviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 39, sold for $2,990.00

NGC MS-67.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part III", May 21, 2001, Lot 168, illustrated, sold for $3,105.00

PCGS MS-66.  Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", June 5-7, 2000, Lot 2077, sold for $2,645.00

PCGS MS-65.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 634, illustrated, sold for $1,380.00  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 7484, not illustrated, sold for $1,092.50

MS-65.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 112, illustrated, sold for $1,840.00  From Abe Kosoff's sale of the Shuford Collection, May 1968, Lot 1681

NGC MS-65.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "The ANA 2001 National Money Show Auction", March 8-9, 2001, Lot 752, sold for $776.25

PCGS MS-65.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 1195, illustrated, sold for $1,265.00

MS-65.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 1196, illustrated, sold for $747.50

PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 662, sold for $667.00, "Probably struck from Proof dies as the upper reverse shows a light crack..."

NGC MS-64.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 2128, unsold

MS-64.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 113, illustrated, sold for $805.00  From the Stack's sale of the DiBello Collection, May 1970, Lot 591

PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8820, not plated, sold for $862.50  From the Dr. Robert W. Dingle Collection

NGC MS-64.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8821, not plated, sold for $776.25  From the Clyde Godfrey Collection

MS-63.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 2129, sold for $529.00

PCGS MS-63.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 40, sold for $632.50

Choice Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 1457, sold for $977.50

Choice Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 1458, sold for $690.00

Choice Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 1459, sold for $431.25

Choice Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 1460, sold for $488.75

Choice Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 987, not plated, sold for $1,380.00

Choice Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1648, not plated, sold for $661.25

Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 1461, sold for $431.25

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated example graded by PCGS is a single MS-68.

The finest Proof examples graded by PCGS are 2 PR-67's.

The finest Proof Cameo example graded by PCGS is a single PRCA-66.

The finest Proof Deep Cameo example graded by PCGS is a single PRDC-65.

Varieties:

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