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1840 $1 MS63 PCGS #6926

A proof-like example with natural light to medium golden-brown toning. The left obverse margin displays an arc of lavender patina. A good strike with minor softness on stars 8 and 9 and the upper edge of the eagle’s right-wing. One of the finest examples I have seen, scarce with proof-like surfaces. Ex-Gardner Despite a mintage of 61,005 and strong demand for this first year of issue circulated examples are available apparently due to hoarding. Usually well struck, with strong hair detail and stars, and occasionally semi proof-like.

1840 $1 MS63 PCGS #6926

A proof-like example with natural light to medium golden-brown toning. The left obverse margin displays an arc of lavender patina. A good strike with minor softness on stars 8 and 9 and the upper edge of the eagle’s right-wing. One of the finest examples I have seen, scarce with proof-like surfaces. Ex-Gardner Despite a mintage of 61,005 and strong demand for this first year of issue circulated examples are available apparently due to hoarding. Usually well struck, with strong hair detail and stars, and occasionally semi proof-like.

1844 $1 MS62 PCGS #6930

Deep purple-blue toning over sharp mark free surfaces. Original skin and technically an MS-63, perhaps the toning subdues the luster enough to prevent a higher grade. With a mintage of only 20,000 this date is very scarce in high grades. The obverse displays doubling on the shield and a misplaced 18 in the gown. Strikes range from weak to very sharp, often displaying slight weakness on the star centrals and upper edge of the eagle’s right-wing.

1844 $1 MS62 PCGS #6930

Deep purple-blue toning over sharp mark free surfaces. Original skin and technically an MS-63, perhaps the toning subdues the luster enough to prevent a higher grade. With a mintage of only 20,000 this date is very scarce in high grades. The obverse displays doubling on the shield and a misplaced 18 in the gown. Strikes range from weak to very sharp, often displaying slight weakness on the star centrals and upper edge of the eagle’s right-wing.

1846 $1 MS62 PCGS #6932

Well struck silver-gray obverse with a golden periphery framing the reverse. Super original and attractive with only light reverse field hairlines limiting the grade. A common date, examples are usually well struck, occasionally slight weakness on the star centrals.

1846 $1 MS62 PCGS #6932

Well struck silver-gray obverse with a golden periphery framing the reverse. Super original and attractive with only light reverse field hairlines limiting the grade. A common date, examples are usually well struck, occasionally slight weakness on the star centrals.

1846-O $1 MS63+ PCGS #6933

Mottled steel gray toning with multicolored highlights on smooth well struck surfaces. A beautiful premium quality example for the grade. Purchased from a friend, previously from the Joseph C. Thomas Collection. Usually some strike weakness ranging from weak to sharp. Occasionally slight weakness on the head, star centrals, and the eagle’s upper right-wing.

1846-O $1 MS63+ PCGS #6933

Mottled steel gray toning with multicolored highlights on smooth well struck surfaces. A beautiful premium quality example for the grade. Purchased from a friend, previously from the Joseph C. Thomas Collection. Usually some strike weakness ranging from weak to sharp. Occasionally slight weakness on the head, star centrals, and the eagle’s upper right-wing.

1850 $1 AU58 PCGS #6937

Despite a mintage of only 7,500 this date was apparently hoarded and is usually available. However, as with nearly all seated dollars premium quality naturally toned examples are scarce. Most examples are well struck and circulation strikes are almost always slightly to fully proof-like. The gorgeous natural blue-green obverse and deep turquoise reverse toning is illuminated by the proof-like surfaces producing exceptional eye appeal. The strike weakness on Liberty's hair detail and star 7 is easily overlooked on this incredible example of a beautiful and naturally toned seated dollar. The finest CH AU example I have seen. An early purchase from Art Weisel. (PQ)

1850 $1 AU58 PCGS #6937

Despite a mintage of only 7,500 this date was apparently hoarded and is usually available. However, as with nearly all seated dollars premium quality naturally toned examples are scarce. Most examples are well struck and circulation strikes are almost always slightly to fully proof-like. The gorgeous natural blue-green obverse and deep turquoise reverse toning is illuminated by the proof-like surfaces producing exceptional eye appeal. The strike weakness on Liberty's hair detail and star 7 is easily overlooked on this incredible example of a beautiful and naturally toned seated dollar. The finest CH AU example I have seen. An early purchase from Art Weisel. (PQ)

1850-O $1 AU55 PCGS #6938

A wonderful crusty example with naturally toned mark-free surfaces. She displays the prominent lumps in the reverse field from the rusted die used to strike this coin. The surfaces are a perfect example of what I believe an unmolested coin from this era struck at the New Orleans mint should look like. Several decades passed before locating this wonderful example. A better date that is usually well struck with occasional slight weakness on the star centrals. Nearly all genuine examples exhibit some raised die lumps in the reverse field that where produced by the rusted dies used at the New Orleans mint. Mint state examples with original surfaces are rare and were missing from many important old-time collections. (PQ)

1850-O $1 AU55 PCGS #6938

A wonderful crusty example with naturally toned mark-free surfaces. She displays the prominent lumps in the reverse field from the rusted die used to strike this coin. The surfaces are a perfect example of what I believe an unmolested coin from this era struck at the New Orleans mint should look like. Several decades passed before locating this wonderful example. A better date that is usually well struck with occasional slight weakness on the star centrals. Nearly all genuine examples exhibit some raised die lumps in the reverse field that where produced by the rusted dies used at the New Orleans mint. Mint state examples with original surfaces are rare and were missing from many important old-time collections. (PQ)

1853 $1 MS63 PCGS #6941

Beautiful multicolored natural toning that gives this coin tremendous eye-appeal. Sky blue and olive-golden peripheral iridescence frames lavender-gray central toning. The strike is bold, and the vibrant toning conceals any surface marks. Those who crave originality will certainly appreciate the eye-appeal of this amazing coin. A very popular date that is a premium example of the No Motto type. Plagued by several areas of weak detail the star centrals are usually weakly defined, sometimes flat on stars 10 to 13. In addition, many examples show slight weakness on the upper edge of the eagle’s right-wing.

1853 $1 MS63 PCGS #6941

Beautiful multicolored natural toning that gives this coin tremendous eye-appeal. Sky blue and olive-golden peripheral iridescence frames lavender-gray central toning. The strike is bold, and the vibrant toning conceals any surface marks. Those who crave originality will certainly appreciate the eye-appeal of this amazing coin. A very popular date that is a premium example of the No Motto type. Plagued by several areas of weak detail the star centrals are usually weakly defined, sometimes flat on stars 10 to 13. In addition, many examples show slight weakness on the upper edge of the eagle’s right-wing.

1854 $1 AU58+ PCGS #6942

This example is well struck with attractive deep natural toning on pristine surfaces. I purchased this coin from a long-time friend and fellow seated dollar collector. This was the highlight of his collection for decades. I paid a large premium because this rare example has been carefully stored, retains it original skin, and appears to be uncirculated. A perfect example of a beautiful and naturally toned seated dollar. The finest CH AU I have seen. (PQ)

1854 $1 AU58+ PCGS #6942

This example is well struck with attractive deep natural toning on pristine surfaces. I purchased this coin from a long-time friend and fellow seated dollar collector. This was the highlight of his collection for decades. I paid a large premium because this rare example has been carefully stored, retains it original skin, and appears to be uncirculated. A perfect example of a beautiful and naturally toned seated dollar. The finest CH AU I have seen. (PQ)

1856 $1 MS63 PCGS #6944

Subtle pastel colors blanket smooth original surfaces. Some typical striking weakness is trumped by its superior eye appeal and wholesome qualities. A perfect example of a beautiful and naturally toned seated dollar. Purchased from Warren Mills, she is the finest MS-63 example I have seen. This is one of my favorites. A semi-key date, strikes vary from weak to very sharp. Hair detail, star centrals, and the eagle’s leg feathers and upper edge of the left wing are often weakly struck. There are several mint state coins graded MS-60 to MS-64 that are very weakly struck, so much so that to the untrained eye they would appear to grade from VF to AU. As one might expect they realized well below the market price for their grade. This date is very scarce in MS-63 and above.

1856 $1 MS63 PCGS #6944

Subtle pastel colors blanket smooth original surfaces. Some typical striking weakness is trumped by its superior eye appeal and wholesome qualities. A perfect example of a beautiful and naturally toned seated dollar. Purchased from Warren Mills, she is the finest MS-63 example I have seen. This is one of my favorites. A semi-key date, strikes vary from weak to very sharp. Hair detail, star centrals, and the eagle’s leg feathers and upper edge of the left wing are often weakly struck. There are several mint state coins graded MS-60 to MS-64 that are very weakly struck, so much so that to the untrained eye they would appear to grade from VF to AU. As one might expect they realized well below the market price for their grade. This date is very scarce in MS-63 and above.

1859-S $1 MS62 PCGS #6948

Lilac toning covers smooth well struck surfaces. Perhaps this premium quality example has the potential to grade a point higher. With a mintage of only 20,000 this date enjoys strong demand as one of only three issues struck at the San Francisco mint. Many were thought to be exported and melted making survivors scarce. This date often comes with baggy and scuff marked surfaces. Attractive mint state examples are very rare. Contrary to previous assertions the perfect date is rarer than the re-punched date. Most examples display minor weakness on the star centrals and on the upper edge of the eagle’s right wing, business strikes are often slightly proof-like.

1859-S $1 MS62 PCGS #6948

Lilac toning covers smooth well struck surfaces. Perhaps this premium quality example has the potential to grade a point higher. With a mintage of only 20,000 this date enjoys strong demand as one of only three issues struck at the San Francisco mint. Many were thought to be exported and melted making survivors scarce. This date often comes with baggy and scuff marked surfaces. Attractive mint state examples are very rare. Contrary to previous assertions the perfect date is rarer than the re-punched date. Most examples display minor weakness on the star centrals and on the upper edge of the eagle’s right wing, business strikes are often slightly proof-like.

1860 $1 MS63 PCGS #6949

Well struck with deep natural toning, darkest around the periphery. This toning pattern is evident on many original early coins. The surfaces are well preserved making this a choice example. Another underrated date, it’s likely that many were exported and melted. Usually well struck, occasionally displaying slight weakness on the hair detail, star centrals, and the eagle’s upper right-wing.

1860 $1 MS63 PCGS #6949

Well struck with deep natural toning, darkest around the periphery. This toning pattern is evident on many original early coins. The surfaces are well preserved making this a choice example. Another underrated date, it’s likely that many were exported and melted. Usually well struck, occasionally displaying slight weakness on the hair detail, star centrals, and the eagle’s upper right-wing.

1862 $1 MS62+ PCGS #6952

A fully struck example with lightly abraded fields that display proof-like flash and a hint of chestnut-gold toning. The fields shows many die striations caused by excessive die polishing; a characteristic shared by the vast majority of coins struck this year. With a mintage of only 12,090 this wartime issue enjoys strong demand from Civil War collectors and numismatists. High grade examples are usually well struck, proof-like, with die polish lines also called die striations in the fields. Die polish lines are raised, they range from light to heavy. Unfortunately, many examples have been misattributed, make certain to confirm the circulation versus proof die characteristics when purchasing an example. Contrary to typical survival rates mint state specimens seem to be more available than examples grading choice about uncirculated.

1862 $1 MS62+ PCGS #6952

A fully struck example with lightly abraded fields that display proof-like flash and a hint of chestnut-gold toning. The fields shows many die striations caused by excessive die polishing; a characteristic shared by the vast majority of coins struck this year. With a mintage of only 12,090 this wartime issue enjoys strong demand from Civil War collectors and numismatists. High grade examples are usually well struck, proof-like, with die polish lines also called die striations in the fields. Die polish lines are raised, they range from light to heavy. Unfortunately, many examples have been misattributed, make certain to confirm the circulation versus proof die characteristics when purchasing an example. Contrary to typical survival rates mint state specimens seem to be more available than examples grading choice about uncirculated.

1863 $1 MS64 PCGS #6953

This near gem is well struck with natural toning compliments of an old Wayte Raymond album. The pristine surfaces display apricot and lavender colored toning. Superb eye appeal and a perfect example of a beautiful and naturally toned seated dollar. The natural surfaces on this example make it one of my favorites. Ex-W. Earl Spies. With a low mintage of only 27,660 this wartime issue enjoys strong demand from numismatists and Civil War collectors. Examples are usually well struck with some die striations and good luster. Contrary to typical survival rates mint state specimens seem to be more available than examples grading choice about uncirculated.

1863 $1 MS64 PCGS #6953

This near gem is well struck with natural toning compliments of an old Wayte Raymond album. The pristine surfaces display apricot and lavender colored toning. Superb eye appeal and a perfect example of a beautiful and naturally toned seated dollar. The natural surfaces on this example make it one of my favorites. Ex-W. Earl Spies. With a low mintage of only 27,660 this wartime issue enjoys strong demand from numismatists and Civil War collectors. Examples are usually well struck with some die striations and good luster. Contrary to typical survival rates mint state specimens seem to be more available than examples grading choice about uncirculated.

1868 $1 MS64 PCGS #6961

This near gem displays absolutely pristine surfaces covered with multicolored toning. From the same old-time collection as my 1861, both coins were stored in envelopes for many decades. Superb eye appeal and a perfect example of a beautiful and naturally toned seated dollar. Usually well struck with good luster, occasionally proof-like surfaces.

1868 $1 MS64 PCGS #6961

This near gem displays absolutely pristine surfaces covered with multicolored toning. From the same old-time collection as my 1861, both coins were stored in envelopes for many decades. Superb eye appeal and a perfect example of a beautiful and naturally toned seated dollar. Usually well struck with good luster, occasionally proof-like surfaces.

1871 $1 MS63 PCGS #6966

Rich olive and gray with traces of soft blue and russet clinging to the stars and devises. The reverse displays gold, orange, and brown toning. Mark-free surfaces with subdued original luster. The first of only two issues in the series with a mintage over 1 million coins. Available in all grades below MS-64 it is usually well struck with occasional weakness in the star centrals.

1871 $1 MS63 PCGS #6966

Rich olive and gray with traces of soft blue and russet clinging to the stars and devises. The reverse displays gold, orange, and brown toning. Mark-free surfaces with subdued original luster. The first of only two issues in the series with a mintage over 1 million coins. Available in all grades below MS-64 it is usually well struck with occasional weakness in the star centrals.

1872-S $1 AU58 PCGS #6970

Mottled purple and blue toning on both sides. The reverse is spectacular with luster that brings the toning alive. One of the finest CH AU examples I have seen. The mark free surfaces and original skin combine to produce exception eye appeal. The vast majority of high-grade examples have been dipped and many display surface hairlines. The obverse does have some very light hairlines in the fields hidden under the toning but this is a minor distraction. A wonderful example of a beautiful and wholly natural seated dollar with a great provenance. Ex-Norweb/Share. With a mintage of only 9,000, it’s likely that many were exported and melted. This date enjoys strong demand as one of only three issues struck at the San Francisco mint. With only 12 known survivors, the 1870-S is priced well beyond the reach of most collectors. Most examples are very well struck, circulation strikes are often slightly proof-like.

1872-S $1 AU58 PCGS #6970

Mottled purple and blue toning on both sides. The reverse is spectacular with luster that brings the toning alive. One of the finest CH AU examples I have seen. The mark free surfaces and original skin combine to produce exception eye appeal. The vast majority of high-grade examples have been dipped and many display surface hairlines. The obverse does have some very light hairlines in the fields hidden under the toning but this is a minor distraction. A wonderful example of a beautiful and wholly natural seated dollar with a great provenance. Ex-Norweb/Share. With a mintage of only 9,000, it’s likely that many were exported and melted. This date enjoys strong demand as one of only three issues struck at the San Francisco mint. With only 12 known survivors, the 1870-S is priced well beyond the reach of most collectors. Most examples are very well struck, circulation strikes are often slightly proof-like.

1873 $1 Seated MS62 PCGS #6971

Well struck with lavender-gray centers framed by purple, blue, and green peripheral toning. The mark free surfaces and original skin combine to produce exception eye-appeal. The finest MS-62 example I have seen, a perfect example of a beautiful and naturally toned seated dollar, one of my favorites. The final year of issue, strikes often display slight weakness on the hair detail, star centrals, the eagle’s upper right-wing, and leg feathers.

1873 $1 Seated MS62 PCGS #6971

Well struck with lavender-gray centers framed by purple, blue, and green peripheral toning. The mark free surfaces and original skin combine to produce exception eye-appeal. The finest MS-62 example I have seen, a perfect example of a beautiful and naturally toned seated dollar, one of my favorites. The final year of issue, strikes often display slight weakness on the hair detail, star centrals, the eagle’s upper right-wing, and leg feathers.