Coins Certified as of 9/5

My Coin #-26948

1875 G$1 MS67

PCGS#: 7576

Owner's Comments

Estimated grade. Ex. J.W. Scott & Co. (1895) Sold by Bowers and Merena Nov '83 price realized $18700

Expert Comments

David Akers (1975/88): With a total issue of only 420 pieces, the 1875 has one of the lowest mintages of any regularly issued U.S. gold coin. With so low a mintage, essentially all specimens are "first strikes" and therefore invariably have full proof-like surfaces. This has given rise to the false notion that the 1875 gold dollar is more common in proof than it is in uncirculated condition. Most cataloguers have mistakenly called Uncs. "proofs" over the years. Actually, the Uncs. are readily distinguishable from the proofs because all uncirculated 1875 gold dollars have a small thorn-like projection from the throat into the field. This projection is seen only on the Uncs., not on the proofs, and no matter how much a particular 1875 may look like a proof, if it has the projection from the throat into the field, it is an Unc. Hopefully, auction cataloguers, dealers, and collectors alike will now put the myth of how much rarer an Unc. 1875 is than an 1875 proof to rest once and for all.

Diameter: 14.30 millimeters Designer: James Barton Longacre Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 400 Weight: 1.70 grams Metal Content: 90% Gold, 10% Copper

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 100 R-8.0 4 / 49 TIE 7 / 81 TIE
60 or Better 60 R-8.4 14 / 49 30 / 81 TIE
65 or Better 10 R-9.5 9 / 49 TIE 18 / 81 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66+ PCGS grade Longfellow collection - Heritage 2/2010:1427 - Simpson Collection
2 MS66 PCGS grade David Akers - Dr. Steven Duckor
2 MS66 PCGS grade  
4 MS65 PCGS grade  
4 MS65 PCGS grade