1854 $1 PR63

CERTIFICATION#: -34973
PCGS#: 6997

Owner's Comments

Estimated grade. Ex. Allenburger; Mehl Sale (1948) Sold by David Akers Numismatics May '98 Price realized $19800

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: Proof 1854 Silver Dollars are very rare.  Estimates of the number of known examples ranges from 25 to 40, though this number is becoming more solid after 28+ years of certification.  PCGS reports 20 examples, and NGC shows 17 (as of October 2014).  More than 25 examples are known, and there may actually be as many as 50 known when no-grades are included.  Photo-tracking of known examples will help to determine a more accurate number of survivors.

In the meantime, collectors can find examples in the PR61 to PR64 range with out too much trouble, but the coins are pricey in any grade.  The finest example certified by PCGS is a single PR65CAM.  DCAM examples are extremely rare; NGC reports a single PR64UCAM and no others.

Diameter: 38.10 millimeters Designer: Christian Gobrecht Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 30 Weight: 26.73 grams Metal Content: 90% Silver, 10% Copper

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 30 R-8.9 15 / 27 TIE 15 / 38 TIE
60 or Better 28 R-8.9 15 / 27 TIE 15 / 38 TIE
65 or Better 4 R-9.8 12 / 27 TIE 13 / 38 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR65 estimated grade  

J.B. Wilson - Thomas Elder 10/1908 - J.M. Clapp - John H. Clapp - Clapp Estate via Stack's (1942) - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:2222 - Heritage (1/1998:7042 - Phil Kaufman Collection of Early Proof Sets - Heritage, 8/2007:1792, $54,625 - Greensboro Collection - Heritage 4/2013:4338, $49,937.50

2 PR64 PCGS grade  
2 PR64 PCGS grade  
2 PR64 PCGS grade  
2 PR64 PCGS grade