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Obverse of 1856 Silver Dollar     Reverse of 1856 Silver Dollar


1856 SILVER DOLLAR

PCGS Nos: 6944, 6999, 86999

Mintage:

Circulation strikes:  63,500
Proofs:  estimated 50

Designer: Christian Gobrecht

Diameter: 38.1 millimeters

Metal Content:
Silver - 90%
Copper - 10%

Weight: 26.73 grams

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: None (for Philadelphia) below the eagle on the reverse

Images courtesy of Superior Galleries

Significant examples:
NGC Proof-63 (illustrated above).  Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach" Sale, June 5-7, 2000, Lot 1619, sold for $10,925.00 "to the book"

Recent appearances:
MS-62, cleaned.  Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach" Sale, June 5-7, 2000, Lot 1620, sold for $1,897.50

MS-60, toned.
  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 3538, illustrated, not sold

AU-50.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 3539, not illustrated, sold for $1,552.50

Net EF-40.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 1450, sold for $805.00

Fine.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1246, not plated, sold for $460.00

Varieties:

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

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

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

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"The PCGS Population Report, October 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service