Gobrecht, Liberty Seated and Trade Dollars

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Liberty Seated Dollars
Seated $1 1841 1841
Original $1750 Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Faint Gold Patina, Well Struck, Accurately Graded, Missouri Collection. Mintage of 173,000 and very scarce in mintage as none were saved by the banks of that era. Q. David Bowers comments that, "In circulated grades: The mintage of 1841 was fairly high, but the availability of circulated specimens belies this. In general, fewer circulated 1841 dollars appear on the market than do those dated 1840, although nearly three times as many 1841s were struck. The explanation for this is not known." One might consider the 1841 date to be underrated at current pricing levels. This lovely AU58 example offers bold frosty cartwheel luster and is perfectly original. Strike is complete with rounded stars while both obverse and reverse dies are lightly clashed. Blemish wise, there is one bag mark in the right obverse field immediately to the right of the drapery. A quality offerings that has lots of appeal beyond the marginal GFRC images. The example is essentially untoned with some faint gold at the rims during bright light viewing. An important offering from the Missouri Collection with close to mint state device features by at half the cost.
Seated $1 1842 1842
Original $1050 Original Gun Metal Gray, Mirrored Fields, Typical Strike, Missouri Collection. The 1842 date sports a relatively high mintage of 184,618 for early Liberty Seated dollars. This surviving example is strictly original with medium gray patina that becomes darker at the stars and reverse legend. When viewing under a light source, the mirrored fields are activated and offer reflective golden gray coloring that is pleasing. Strike is a tad weak at the top of Liberty's head and on the stars 8 through 13 along with some reverse device weakness. There are no distracting blemishes to discuss. Housed in newer NGC holder with edge view insert. A nice original piece from the Missouri Collection.
Seated $1 1842 1842
Original $795 Original Crusty Gray Patina, Early Issue, Conservative Grading, Saco River Collection. A third year of issue strike with mintage of 184,618. Surfaces are fully natural and cover with thick crusty gray patina. Strike is uniform with no point of weakness. Conservatively graded and housed in 2013 transition PCGS holder with blue label and edge view insert. From the Saco River Collection.
Seated $1 1844 1844
Original $1250 Low Mintage Date, Double Die and Misplaced Date Obverse, Original Gray Patina, Residual Luster, Hammered Strike, Missouri Collection. A low mintage of only 20,000 and the first year of limited Seated dollar strikes at the Philadelphia mint. Q. David Bowers comments on the 1844 low mintage date as follows, "The year 1844 was notable for the first of low-mintage silver dollars of this design. Scant supplies of silver bullion continued to be one of the main problems facing the mint, and the situation was not made easier by the fact that many United States silver coins were shipped to Europe and Asia in payment for import transactions. Only one delivery of silver dollars was made this year; that of 20,000 pieces on December 31st." This surviving example, from the Missouri Collection, is accurately graded as the AU50 level. Surfaces are original with light gray patina that harbors shades of rose and blues also. Crisp steely luster is evident when viewing under a light source. Strike is complete and blemishes are to a minimum. All 1844 Seated dollars were struck from a single die pair. The obverse is doubled at the shield and scroll and there is an extra misplaced digit in the lower gown folds. Housed in newer NGC holder.
Seated $1 1844 1844
VF35 raw
Original $745 Double Die Obverse, Misplaced Date, Original Gray, Burchs Creek Collection. Surfaces are strictly original with uniform gun metal gray patina. This is a better variety with obvious die doubling along the right shield edge and above the scroll along with a misplaced top loop of 8 digit in the lower gown. Blemishes are to a minimum with only a minor rim anomaly at 2:00pm that needs to be pointed out. Mintage is only 20,000 pieces.
Seated $1 1845 1845
EF45 raw
Original $1200 Crusty Original, Gun Metal Gray, Burchs Creek Collection. A strictly original example with thick crusty gray patina. Off the market for years and now being offered in raw condition for those who still collect and store coins in Dansco albums. Essentially blemish free with solid rims. Mintage is a meager 24,500 pieces. Accurately graded and desirable.
Seated $1 1846 1846
Choice $775 Choice Original, Light Gray-Gold Patina, Well Struck, Accurately Graded. At GFRC, we believe in stocking natural toned Liberty Seated coinage with choice surfaces. These preservation conditions represent the best possible option for a long term numismatic holding. This 1846 fits those GFRC objectives well. Surfaces are strictly original with a light skin of gray-gold patina. Grading is 100% accurate with some residual field luster remaining. Strike is nearly complete along with the entire dollar free of any significant blemishes or distractions. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder with CAC approval. A quality CAC stickered offering for the selective collector.
Seated $1 1847 1847
Choice $1950 Choice Original, Classic Gun Metal Gray-Blue Patina, Steely Reflective Luster, Accurate Graded. Locating perfectly original Liberty Seated dollars will prove to be challenging as most in the marketplace have one issue or another. Dipped or lightly cleaned and retoned Seated dollars are commonplace in TPG holders and it takes a discerning eye to find those with natural and unmolested surfaces. Case in point is this lovely 1847 Seated dollar that resides in older NGC holder with CAC approval. Having this level of quality in GFRC inventory is seen as a badge of honor. Surfaces are reflective with no hairlines and other distracting blemishes. Toning is classic gun metal gray that one comes to expect on choice original silver coinage. Under a bright light, the gray patina transitions to faint blue and rose while exposing lightly mirroed fields. This is the appearance that collectors should be striving for, whether attempting a date and mintmark set or searching for that perfect large denomination type coin. CAC approval captures the strict originality and overall eye appeal. A strong offering for the selective collector.
Seated $1 1847 1847
Original $595 Potential Type Coin, Original Surfaces, Light Gray Patina, Ft. Lauderdale Collection. A well preserved 1847 Liberty Seated dollar that would be perfect for a circulated type set. Original surfaces are covered with light gray patina that is quite uniform and transparent to the underlying luster. Strike is nearly complete with a few obverse stars lacking connected centrils while reverse eagle devices are fully impressed. There are a few scattered micro blemishes on the obverse consistent with the grade. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder. A fine numismatic offering from the Ft. Lauderdale Collection.
Seated $1 1849 1849
Choice $1950 Choice Original, Flashy Reflective Luster, Mirrored Fields, Light Rub, Accurately Graded, Osprey Collection . Considerable eye appeal is at hand with this lovely 1849 Philadelphia struck Seated dollar. Cartwheel luster is bright and crisp due to mirrored fields. Wear is minimal with light rub on the breasts and lower leg. Blemishes are minimal with none worth mentioning. Overall, a well above average specimen for the selective collectors who strives for max value for his numismatic budget. Housed in early blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert and embossed PCGS logo on reverse. Securing CAC approval for Seated dollars is difficult, therefore this example warrants serious attention. A top quality offering from the Osprey Collection.
Seated $1 1850 1850
Open 5
Market Acceptable $2250 Rare Low Mintage Date, Reflective Gun Metal Gray-Blue Surfaces, Attractive Overall Appearance, Details Grade, Missouri Collection. A rare date in the Liberty Seated dollar series with a mintage of only 7,500. The 1850s begins a timeframe when Seated dollar production plummeted at the Philadelpha mint. Q. David Bowers calls out this fact and provides a potential reason for the mint moving to strike small sized gold dollars rather than the unpopular heavy silver dollars. He states the following, "The production of Liberty Seated silver dollars at the Philadelphia Mint hit an all-time low in 1850. The reason for this is not clear in government records, but I believe the explanations are simple. To expand on the commentary given under 1849, the following seems to be a likely scenario: The gold dollar, introduced in 1849, was popular in government circles and at the Mint, and saw extensive use by the public. At the same time, the silver dollar was not popular and was widely criticized. The year 1850 saw a tremendous production of gold dollars, amounting to 481,953 at the Philadelphia Mint alone, a quantity far greater than had been made of any Liberty Seated silver dollar. It seems to me that the Treasury was trying to promote the new gold dollar as the coin of choice of this denomination, and to minimize the silver dollar." This surviving example currently resides in a newer NGC holder with AU Details designation. GFRC has chosen to assign a Market Acceptable quality rating as the overall eye appeal and coloring is acceptable coupled with an abscence of any mechanical cleaning. In other words, this piece has no hairlines whatsoever. Surfaces offer a steely reflective luster along with gun metal gray patina. There are a few scattered field ticks but none distracting. Struck with Open 5 obverse die along with bold repunching under the 0 digit in the date. Not every Liberty Seated dollar collector can locate and afford a strictly original example of the 1850 date in AU condition. A problem free AU55 example will be a $3500 to $4500 expenditure depending on eye appeal. This offering, from the Missouri Collection, provides similar eye appea but at a substantially lower price.
Seated $1 1853 1853
Gem $15000 Gem Original, Circa 2001 PCGS Holder, Incredible Eye Appeal, Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Conservatively Graded. Collecting Liberty Seated dollars is a substantial undertaking. The serving populations are quite low in AU and Mint State outside of the omnipresent 1859-O and 1860-O dates and the more available 1840s dates. Locating Philadelphia struck specimens from the 1850 presents a keen challenge. At the 2018 FUN show, the GFRC team located and purchase this gem original 1853 example that is accurately graded as MS64 with CAC approval. A complete set was being broken up with this 1853 dollar offering the best appeal of most dates in the set. The preservation is amazing with eye catching frosty cartwheel luster that is now dominant on the obverse. Surfaces are lightly toned with a thin gold skin that is more apparent on the lower left obverse along with date punch area. Bright light is an absolutely joy as I've seen few pieces in my dealer career with this amount of luster and overall eye appeal. Placing a 10x loupe on the surfaces of such a large denomination piece may appear excessive. The inspection revealed several tiny field ticks overall and one bag mark. Being this critical is important for full disclosure only. Housed in early blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert. The holder generation is probably 2000-2001 timeframe when PCGS grading was conservative as compared to today's standards. CAC approval must have been a foregone conclusion on this amazing specimen. If looking for a superior Liberty Seated dollar type coin with date rarity credentials, then please consider this example.
Seated $1 1859 1859
Cleaned $700 Ver Scarce Date, Old Cleaning, Reflective Surfaces, Gray-Gold Patina, Accurately Graded, Missouri Collection. Mintage of 255,700 but most were shipped to northern China for international commerce. Q. David Bowers states that, "In circulated grades: the vast majority of the mintage of over a quarter million 1859 Liberty Seated dollars went to the Orient, where they were soon melted. Examples of this high-mintage date are scarce today in all grades." The surviving example offers bold high end AU details but has been cleaned. There are hairlines throughout the obverse fields and below the eagle on the reverse. Surfaces have retoned an even gray during in hand viewing while a light source exposes strong golden hues. Strike is complete. The darker toning streaks on the reverse appear to be from typical rubber band contact. In summary, a rare date due to low surviving population that is priced consistent with the surface conditions. Housed in newer NGC holder. From the Missouri Collection of Liberty Seated dollars.
Seated $1 1859O 1859-O
VF35 raw
Cleaned $450 Light Gray, Old Clean, Hanes Park Collection. Surfaces are retoning nicely after a long ago cleaning. The obverse offers darker gray shares while the reverse remains mostly light silver gray. Reverse strike is well executed while the obverse has stars that lack connected centrils. Ample device details remain at this grade level. There are no blemishes to discuss as the surface and rims are all mark free.
Seated $1 1860 1860
Choice $1100 Choice Original, Classic Light Gray Patina, Accurately Graded, Whiskey Run Collection. Mintage of 217,000 at the Philadelphia mint. The 1860 date is believed to have been intended primarily for use in the export trade to China. Despite the relatively high circulation strike mintage, worn examples are quite scarce on today's market. This pleasing survivor offers classic light gray patina throughout obverse and reverse. A choice example at the EF40 grade level with no signifcant impairments to mention. Housed in PCGS old green holder. Another quality numismatic consignment from the Whiskey Run Collection.
Seated $1 1860O 1860-O
Original $2750 Original Flashy Frosty Luster, Accurately Graded, Union Bridge Collection. Ok, I need to make a confession...this is the first mint state Seated dollar handled by GFRC. I've sold several mint state Trade Dollars and now moving quickly into Liberty Seated dollars as so much fun to explore new denominations. This piece is a fitting start though well known to be a common date in high grades after several bags of 1859-O and 1860-O date examples were released by the U.S. Mint from their banks vaults. One immediately appreciates the bold flashy luster that is strictly original. I doubt that this dollar has ever been dipped as the frosty luster is bold. The assigned MS62 grade is to be expected due to some bag marks as is seen on most mint state examples. Housed in older PCGS blue label holder with standard ring insert.
Seated $1 1865 1865
Choice $3500 Civil War Date, Classic Gun Metal Gray Patina, Choice Original Surfaces, Accurately Graded. Later date Liberty Seated dollars offer an important historical window United State monetary policy and the dependence of bimetalism. Q. David Bower, in his well known book, Silver Dollars & Trade Dollars of the United States: A Complete Encyclopedia", indicates that during 1865 (final year of the Civil War), specie payments remained in suspension with no 1865 silver coins of any denomination placed into circulation on the East coast. Amazingly, most of the mintage of the 1865 silver dollar is believed to have been exported to Central and South America. Bower's points out that low mintage of 46,500 and many being exported leads to modern day rarity with circulated specimens being very scarce. He adds in the fact that the 1865 date is a rarity in mint state. Now let's examine the specimen being offered.... First impression is that of classic Seated dollar appearance that collectors strive to acquire; gun metal gray with blue hues. Surfaces are free of major distractions with a few field ticks that are fully toned over and of no comnsequence. Under bright light, the fields are steely blue with gray. Strike is complete. Clearly a solid example that is housed in 2015 style PCGS holder and accurately graded. This is a GFRC owned coin as I liked the overall appearance and rarity.
Seated $1 1865 1865
Original $2450 New April 7! Scarce Civil War Issue, Limited Circulation, Original Mirrored Fields, Light Gold Reflective Luster, Fully Struck, Burchs Creek Collection. Mintage of 46,500. During 1865, the final year of the Civil War, circulating coinage remained non existent. As a result, the Treasury Department placed no 1865 silver coins of any denomination into circulation on the East coast. Therefore most of the 1865 silver dollar mintage was believed to have been exported to Central and South America. The combination of low mintage and exportation results in circulated specimens being are very scarce. GFRC is pleased to offer this strictly original example with mirrored fields and reflective luster. Light gold patina the entire obverse and the peripheries on the reverse. Overall strike is very well executed. Blemish wise, rims are mark free while the obverse field has a few scattered contact marks that one expects for a coin of this size. Overall, a pleasing offering from the Burchs Creek Collection. Housed in newer NGC holder with edge view insert. Please note that the lower right obverse has photography lighting reflection by the date.
Seated $1 1869 1869
Choice $975 Superior Eye Appeal, Choice Original, Rose-Aquamarine Radial Toning, Whiskey Run Collection. A pleasing circulated 1869 Seated half dollar with blemish free fields that are attractively toned. Both obverse and reverse offer fields with uniform rose toning and frame by a pretty aquamarine ring at the stars and legend. Higher wear points remain gray as is to be expected on a circulated Seated dollar. Accurately graded with above average eye appeal Housed in older blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert. Another fine numismatic offering from the Whiskey Run Collection.
Seated $1 1870 1870
Choice $1345 Choice Original, Uniform Gun Metal Gray-Blue Toning, Mirrored Surfacres, Fully Struck, Port Matilda Collection. This lovely 1870 Philadelphia struck Seated dollar is worthy of special consideration by collectors of the series. Eye appeal is high given the combination of classic gun metal gray-blue toned surfaces, mirrored fields and a complete strike. In hand viewing sees uniform gray surfaces with darker shades surrounding the stars and reverse legend. Bright light viewing exposes a different perspective that is so pleasing. The obverse toning melts to reveal lightly mirrored fields covered with transparent aquamarine blue patina. The reverse is essentially identical to the obverse with coloring most prominent around the legend and denomination. Rims are sharp with minimum wear. Blemish wise, there is one mark in the right obverse field to the right of the arm that can be seen on GFRC images. Freshly graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. A quality Seated dollar offering from the Port Matilda Collection to consider for a date set. Please note the lighter shaded area on left obverse is lighting reflections during photography and not on the dollar piece. Toning is uniform throughout obverse and reverse.
Seated $1 1871 1871
EF45 raw
Market Acceptable $525 Original Gray, Southern Maine Collection. A wholesome Liberty Seated dollar with strictly original surfaces and light wear. Both the obverse and reverse are covered with a pastel gray with intermixed rose hues. The reverse has some verdigris spots which are best left untouched as part of the coin's legacy. From the Southern Maine collection and off the market for decades.
Trade Dollars
Trade $1 1875CC 1875-CC
EF45 raw
Cleaned $435 Unobtrusive Chopmark, Cleaned/Retoned. Fields are toned an even ebony/gray and cover an old cleaning that is more noticeable on the reverse. There is a double character chopmark across Liberty's upper body. The 1875 date is the most affordable Carson City issue. Please email if there is interest and to discuss.
Trade $1 1876CC 1876-CC
Double Die Reverse
Cleaned $1600 Popular Doubled Die Reverse Variety, Uniform Gun Metal Gray-Blue, Retoned, Faint Hairlines Under 10x Loupe, Details Grade, Accurately Graded. Popular 1876-CC Doubled Die Reverse die variety at an attractive pricing level. Newly consigned to GFRC in the hopes of locating a serious Trade Dollar collector who will appreciate the bold reverse die doubling without breaking the bank. Grading is accurate and designated AU58 Details. Surfaces are covered with a deep gun metal gray-blue patina that is secondary toning. Under the toning, faint hairlines are seen with careful inspection. This past cleaning results in reflective fields that are a bit too active to be original. Die doubling on lower reverse is bold with second olive branch distinct from the final rendering. Housed in new ANACS gold holder with standard ring insert. Not a perfect coin but perfectly acceptable for the double die reverse variety.
Trade $1 1876S 1876-S
Choice $2250 Reflective Cartwheel Luster, Near Gem Original, Gray-Rose Patina, Mirrored Fields, Type I/I, Saco River Collection. During 1876, trade dollars were produced in high volume at the San Francisco Mint and were struck primarily from Nevada silver. Resulting mintage was 5,227,000 coins. Most coins were shipped to the Orient for commerce purposes while a few were circulated domestically, particularly before the demonetization act of July 22, 1876 took effect. The gorgeous example obviously did not reach the Orient and instead saw careful preservation for today's collectors to enjoyed. Die pairing hubs are Type I/Type I and typical for the date. A close inspection of this important Saco River Collection offering revealed mirrored fields and bold reflective cartwheel luster. The semi transparent rose-gray patina does not limit the luster. Rather bright light viewing exposes underlying rose, gold and sky blue shades. Fields are mostly blemish free with a few scattered micro lines needing to be mentioned. Housed in newer NGC holder with edge view insert. Please give this lovely 1876-S trade dollar some special consideration. Housed in newer NGC holder with edge view insert. From the Saco River Collection.
Trade $1 1877 1877
EF45 raw
Choice $285 Choice Original, Gun Metal Gray, Philadelpha Strike, Eye Appeal, Accurately Graded. A wonderful type coin with great eye appeal! Surfaces are steely gray with overlaid aquamarine and blues that perform so well under bright light. There are no distracting blemishes throughout major devices or the fields. The reverse rim does have two tiny compression points that are mentioned for 100% accuracy. A common date but in an uncommon state of preservation and perfect for a Whitman or Dansco album.
Trade $1 1877S 1877-S
Choice New Price
Near Gem Original, Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Eye Appeal, Conservatively Graded . A superior 1877 San Francisco struck Trade dollar graded PCGS MS63+ with CAC approval.   NGC and PCGS have graded 379 Trade Dollars at the MS63 or 63+ level, while CAC has approved only 17 of those 379; a 4% rate.  This offering from the Winesteven Collection is one of those 17. As a remaining collector at heart, here at GFRC, I'm in love with this 1877-S Trade dollar due to the perfect balance of frosty cartwheel luster, a balanced strike and no question originality even if the surfaces are untoned. A perfect original specimen that warranted a JUST BUY IT NOW recommendation. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder.
Trade $1 1877S 1877-S
EF45 raw
Original $235 Original Gray, Maine Collection. Toned a uniform light to medium gray. The fields and device are fully blemish free but there is a minor rim anomaly on the obverse at 11:00. Offers welcomed.
Trade $1 1877S 1877-S
EF45 raw
Market Acceptable $165 Ebony Gray Patina, Residual Luster, Value Priced. Surfaces are toned a uniform ebony gray with residual luster and golden hues appearing under bright light. Grading is accurate as the surfaces have limited wear and are full EF45 or better. I don't believe this piece is strictly original and have assigned a market acceptable quality rating. An interesting Trade Dollar type coin possibility at a value price.
Trade $1 1877S 1877-S
VF30 raw
Choice $165 Original Gray, Southern Maine Collection. A perfectly original example with medium gray patina. Surface are blemish free. Accurately graded and an ideal example for a Dansco or Whitman album type set. Off the market for decades.
Trade $1 1878CC 1878-CC
Choice $4250 New March 9! Key Date, Underrated, Choice Original, Lightly Mirrored Surfaces, Ebony-Gray and Brown Patina, Accurately Graded. There is no question that the 1878-CC date is the most popular rarity among circulation strike trade dollars. Stated mintage is 97,000 including 56,000 struck in January 1878 and another 41,000 in February. This is the smallest circulation strike quantity for the Trade dollar denomination and leads to key date status. However there is more to the story! On July 19, 1878, 44,148 undistributed trade dollars were melted with most dated 78-CC from the 41,000 pieces delivered in February. The resulting available mintage for circulation was therefore reduced to about 53,000 coins. In grades from VF-20 to AU-58 the 1878-CC is the rarest and most desirable circulation strike trade dollar issue and remains underrated today. As with most Trade dollars, the challenge is locating strictly original example with natural patina. The offered specimen is a single coin consignment from a collector with decades of numismatic experience. His offering features choice original surfaces and a well executed strike. Eye appeal is above average given the darker gray and ebony coloring in the fields that nicely frame the lighter colored central devices. I've studied this piece carefully with 10x loupe and found no blemishes worthy of mention. Unfortunately, a CAC review failed to secure Green Bean approval. However, don't let that fact stop you from considering this lovely example. I would suggest a CoinFacts visit and review of auction records and images to gain a perspective on those available in today's market as a comparison basis for this example. This exercise may convince you to seriously consider this specimen at the asking price. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder with edge ring insert. Please note that on the GFRC images, the lighter areas at the reverse rim above UNITED and AMERICA are PCGS edge view holder reflections during photograph.
Trade $1 1878S 1878-S
AU50 raw
Choice $315 Choice Crusty Original, Uniform Gun Metal Gray Patina, The Way a Strictly Original Trade Dollar Should Look!. I'm in love with this 1878-S Trade dollar as so darn crusty original and a case study in the appearance of completely unmolested silver surfaces. A no question AU example that has acquired thick gray-gold patina. Rims and fields are blemish free. A superb piece for fans of United States west coast history or a Dansco type set.