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SERIES: Liberty Seated Dollars 1836-1873
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1839 $1 Original (Proof)

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PCGS PR65

PCGS PR63+

PCGS PR63
PCGS #:
11444
Diameter:
39.00 millimeters
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
26.73 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
300
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$86,250 • PCGS PR63 • 12-19-2013 • Legend Rare Coin Auctions
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 75 R-8.2 1 / 1 20 / 38
60 or Better 35 R-8.8 1 / 1 17 / 38 TIE
65 or Better 2 R-9.9 1 / 1 4 / 38 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR65 PCGS grade

Norweb Collection - Bowers & Merena 11/1988:3777, $46,200 - TradeDollarNut Collection - Bob R. Simpson Collection

2 PR64 PCGS grade  
2 PR64 PCGS grade  
2 PR64 PCGS grade  
2 PR64 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR65 PCGS grade

Norweb Collection - Bowers & Merena 11/1988:3777, $46,200 - TradeDollarNut Collection - Bob R. Simpson Collection

2 PR64 PCGS grade  
2 PR64 PCGS grade  
2 PR64 PCGS grade  
2 PR64 PCGS grade  
2 PR64 PCGS grade  
2 PR64 PCGS grade  
2 PR64 estimated grade  
9 PR63 PCGS grade  

Heritage 1/2007:1052, $46,000

9 PR63 PCGS grade

Ron Guth: 1839 saw the third consecutive year of issuance of the so-called Gobrecht Dollar.  Alas, it was also to be the last year for this majestic coin, for in 1840, the "flying eagle" reverse would be replaced with a more conservative eagle adapted from the gold coins of earlier years.

Surprising, isn't it, that the two foundations of our nation's monetary system - the Silver Dollar and the Eagle ($10) - were absent from the numismatic scene for over three decades, neither to re-appear again until the late 1830s.

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"Walter Breen's Complete Encyclopedia of U.S. and Colonial Coins" by Walter Breen

"United States Patterns and Related Issues" by Andrew W. Pollock III