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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.

1849 $1 MS62 PCGS #6936

Attractive and well struck with the typical weakness in star centrals 9-12. Wonderful natural apricot colored toning deepens at the rims. Some light hairlines in the upper reverse field are all that prevent a higher grade. A common date, strikes range from weak to very sharp, and often display weak star centrals, sometimes flat on stars 8 to 12. Striking weakness is also common on the central areas, and the eagle’s upper right-wing.

1849 $1 MS62 PCGS #6936

Attractive and well struck with the typical weakness in star centrals 9-12. Wonderful natural apricot colored toning deepens at the rims. Some light hairlines in the upper reverse field are all that prevent a higher grade. A common date, strikes range from weak to very sharp, and often display weak star centrals, sometimes flat on stars 8 to 12. Striking weakness is also common on the central areas, 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.

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-O $1 MS63 PCGS #6947

Attractive gray toning with pink and lavender highlights on both sides. This natural toning resulted after many years of storage in a paper envelope. Non-hoard coins with original skin, attractive toning, and mark-free surfaces are uncommon. They are a refreshing contrast to the vast majority of Treasury release coins, which are untoned or have been dipped and show many contact marks from long-term storage in mint bags. The second most common date due to the bags released by the treasury in 1962-63. The vast majority of these hoard coins have bag marked and scuffy surfaces with nice frosty luster, proof-like examples are scarce.

1859-O $1 MS63 PCGS #6947

Attractive gray toning with pink and lavender highlights on both sides. This natural toning resulted after many years of storage in a paper envelope. Non-hoard coins with original skin, attractive toning, and mark-free surfaces are uncommon. They are a refreshing contrast to the vast majority of Treasury release coins, which are untoned or have been dipped and show many contact marks from long-term storage in mint bags. The second most common date due to the bags released by the treasury in 1962-63. The vast majority of these hoard coins have bag marked and scuffy surfaces with nice frosty luster, proof-like examples are scarce.

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.

1861 $1 MS63 PCGS #6951

A moderate coating of appealing, natural olive-gray and tobacco-brown toning with hints of blue-green around the stars and reverse letters. This fully original example received a powerful impression from the dies as all legends and devices stand out over the smooth satiny surfaces. A wonderful example of a naturally toned seated dollar from this historic era. From an old-time collection where this coin was stored in an envelope for decades, splendid pristine surfaces, one of my favorites. The first year of the Civil War, all five wartime issues enjoy strong demand from numismatists and Civil War collectors. Usually well struck with satiny luster. Contrary to typical survival rates mint state specimens seem to be more available than examples grading choice about uncirculated.

1861 $1 MS63 PCGS #6951

A moderate coating of appealing, natural olive-gray and tobacco-brown toning with hints of blue-green around the stars and reverse letters. This fully original example received a powerful impression from the dies as all legends and devices stand out over the smooth satiny surfaces. A wonderful example of a naturally toned seated dollar from this historic era. From an old-time collection where this coin was stored in an envelope for decades, splendid pristine surfaces, one of my favorites. The first year of the Civil War, all five wartime issues enjoy strong demand from numismatists and Civil War collectors. Usually well struck with satiny luster. 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.

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.

1865 $1 MS62 PCGS #416925

This well struck example from the final year of the civil war is blanketed with attractive natural amber colored toning. The wartime issues shares a common trait, few survived with original surfaces and good eye appeal. This final Civil War date has a low mintage of only 47,000. Like the other wartime issues it enjoys strong demand due to its low mintage and Civil War history. Strikes range from weak particularly in the central areas to very sharp. 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.

1865 $1 MS62 PCGS #416925

This well struck example from the final year of the civil war is blanketed with attractive natural amber colored toning. The wartime issues shares a common trait, few survived with original surfaces and good eye appeal. This final Civil War date has a low mintage of only 47,000. Like the other wartime issues it enjoys strong demand due to its low mintage and Civil War history. Strikes range from weak particularly in the central areas to very sharp. 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.

1866 $1 Motto MS63 PCGS #6959

A fully struck, near-brilliant, example with deep proof-like fields. The surfaces are graced with a trace of light golden toning. Probably an early strike, nice eye appeal. The first year of the With Motto type. Usually well struck, sometimes displaying weakness on the hair detail, and star centrals. This specimen displays the reverse doubling believed to be on all circulation strikes, most prominent on “WE” on the scroll that reads “In God We Trust.”

1866 $1 Motto MS63 PCGS #6959

A fully struck, near-brilliant, example with deep proof-like fields. The surfaces are graced with a trace of light golden toning. Probably an early strike, nice eye appeal. The first year of the With Motto type. Usually well struck, sometimes displaying weakness on the hair detail, and star centrals. This specimen displays the reverse doubling believed to be on all circulation strikes, most prominent on “WE” on the scroll that reads “In God We Trust.”

1867 $1 MS62 PCGS #6960

The TrueView image captures natures palette of colors on this superb example. The stunning colors and smooth semi-proof-like surfaces, combine to produce exceptional eye-appeal. An absolutely gorgeous and naturally toned example that has upgrade potential. Examples like this are very scarce, one of my favorites. Business strikes are re-punched on the 1,8, and 6. The original punch was probably intended for quarters. Usually well struck and often with proof-like surfaces.

1867 $1 MS62 PCGS #6960

The TrueView image captures natures palette of colors on this superb example. The stunning colors and smooth semi-proof-like surfaces, combine to produce exceptional eye-appeal. An absolutely gorgeous and naturally toned example that has upgrade potential. Examples like this are very scarce, one of my favorites. Business strikes are re-punched on the 1,8, and 6. The original punch was probably intended for quarters. Usually well struck and often with proof-like surfaces.

1870 $1 MS63 PCGS #6963

Deep purple and gold toning subdues the obverse luster. The multi-colored reverse toning is spectacular, displaying a lustrous vibrant orange-gold and purple patina. A wonderful example of a beautiful and naturally toned with motto seated dollar. Usually available in circulated grades, occasional weakness on the hair and star centrals.

1870 $1 MS63 PCGS #6963

Deep purple and gold toning subdues the obverse luster. The multi-colored reverse toning is spectacular, displaying a lustrous vibrant orange-gold and purple patina. A wonderful example of a beautiful and naturally toned with motto seated dollar. Usually available in circulated grades, occasional weakness on the hair and star centrals.

1870-CC $1 AU58 PCGS #6964

The medium silver-gray obverse center deepens toward the periphery. Deep charcoal gray reverse fields with lighter gray devices. Naturally toned, smooth, and hairline free surfaces on this the first of the Carson City issues. The proof-like reverse is covered with thick glossy black toning. Although this example is too dark for some it’s has the most natural unmolested surfaces of any CH AU example I have seen. The 1870-CC enjoys strong demand as the first, the most common, and the most affordable dollar minted in Carson City. Strikes range from moderate to sharp, sometimes displaying weakness on the hair detail, central areas, and star centrals.

1870-CC $1 AU58 PCGS #6964

The medium silver-gray obverse center deepens toward the periphery. Deep charcoal gray reverse fields with lighter gray devices. Naturally toned, smooth, and hairline free surfaces on this the first of the Carson City issues. The proof-like reverse is covered with thick glossy black toning. Although this example is too dark for some it’s has the most natural unmolested surfaces of any CH AU example I have seen. The 1870-CC enjoys strong demand as the first, the most common, and the most affordable dollar minted in Carson City. Strikes range from moderate to sharp, sometimes displaying weakness on the hair detail, central areas, and 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.

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-CC $1 XF45 PCGS #6967

Attractive natural deep gray surfaces that exhibit gorgeous gold, blue, and iridescent toning on both sides. The surfaces are smooth and free of imperfections. I was taken with this example when it appeared at auction in early 2009, but was unable to acquire it at that time. Several years later she reappeared, I did not hesitate and was thrilled to acquire it. Truly a rare coin and the nicest CH EF example that I have seen. An undisputed key date that is truly rare in all grades. This date has the lowest mintage of the four Carson City issues with only 1,376 coins produced. Finding a problem free example with natural surfaces in any grade is very difficult.

1871-CC $1 XF45 PCGS #6967

Attractive natural deep gray surfaces that exhibit gorgeous gold, blue, and iridescent toning on both sides. The surfaces are smooth and free of imperfections. I was taken with this example when it appeared at auction in early 2009, but was unable to acquire it at that time. Several years later she reappeared, I did not hesitate and was thrilled to acquire it. Truly a rare coin and the nicest CH EF example that I have seen. An undisputed key date that is truly rare in all grades. This date has the lowest mintage of the four Carson City issues with only 1,376 coins produced. Finding a problem free example with natural surfaces in any grade is very difficult.

1872-CC $1 AU55 PCGS #6969

One of the key dates in the series and rare in all grades with only 3,150 minted. Finding a problem free example with natural surfaces in any grade is very difficult. Beautiful toning with deep navy/olive colors covering just a touch of high point wear. A perfect example of a beautiful and naturally toned seated dollar. This is the second finest CH AU example I have seen.

1872-CC $1 AU55 PCGS #6969

One of the key dates in the series and rare in all grades with only 3,150 minted. Finding a problem free example with natural surfaces in any grade is very difficult. Beautiful toning with deep navy/olive colors covering just a touch of high point wear. A perfect example of a beautiful and naturally toned seated dollar. This is the second finest CH AU example I have seen.

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-CC $1 Seated XF45 PCGS #6972

An undisputed key date that is truly rare in all grades with a mintage of only 2,300. The 1873-CC is the rarest of the four Carson City issues. It is thought that many were melted when the silver dollar was replaced by the Trade dollar later in 1873. Slight weakness is sometimes seen on Liberty and the star centrals. Finding a problem free example with natural surfaces in any grade is very difficult. Decades of searching elapsed before finding this wonderful well struck example with a bold liberty, deep gunmetal-gray surfaces, and surprisingly few marks.

1873-CC $1 Seated XF45 PCGS #6972

An undisputed key date that is truly rare in all grades with a mintage of only 2,300. The 1873-CC is the rarest of the four Carson City issues. It is thought that many were melted when the silver dollar was replaced by the Trade dollar later in 1873. Slight weakness is sometimes seen on Liberty and the star centrals. Finding a problem free example with natural surfaces in any grade is very difficult. Decades of searching elapsed before finding this wonderful well struck example with a bold liberty, deep gunmetal-gray surfaces, and surprisingly few marks.