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1859 SILVER DOLLAR

PCGS Nos: 6946, 7002, 87002

Mintage:

Circulation strikes:  255,700
Proofs:  800

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 Heritage Numismatic Auctions
November 18-20, 1999 "Santa Clara" sale, Lot 7132, "PR 63, obverse planchet flaw"

Significant examples:

Recent appearances:
Brilliant Proof.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 601, unsold

Brilliant Proof.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1172, plated, sold for $1,092.50

AU-55.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 5727, not illustrated, sold for $391.00

AU-50 Cleaned.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 6851, not illustrated, not sold 

EF-45.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 3541, not illustrated, sold for $373.75

ANACS EF-45 Cleaned.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 1453, sold for $379.50

VF-30.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part III", May 21, 2001, Lot 43, not illustrated, sold for $1,035.00

Very Fine.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 602, sold for $276.00

Varieties:

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated example graded by PCGS is a single MS-65.

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

The finest Proof Cameo examples graded by PCGS are 5 PRCA-64s.

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