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SERIES: Liberty Gold Dollars 1849-1889
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1853 G$1 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS69

PCGS MS67+

PCGS MS67+
PCGS #:
7521
Diameter:
12.70 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
1.70 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
4,076,051
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$152,750 • PCGS MS69 • 1-8-2014 • Heritage
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 11,000 R-2.9 26 / 26 81 / 81
60 or Better 7,000 R-3.6 26 / 26 81 / 81
65 or Better 275 R-6.5 18 / 26 55 / 81
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS69 PCGS grade  

David & Sharron Akers Collection - Heritage 1/2014:5348, $152,750 - Bob R. Simpson Collection

1 MS69 PCGS grade  
1 MS69 PCGS grade  
4 MS68 PCGS grade  

Bowers & Merena 7/2003:2419, $24,150

5 MS67+ PCGS grade

Kennedy Collection - Heritage 1/2016:5516, $21,150

Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS69 PCGS grade  

David & Sharron Akers Collection - Heritage 1/2014:5348, $152,750 - Bob R. Simpson Collection

1 MS69 PCGS grade  
1 MS69 PCGS grade  
4 MS68 PCGS grade  

Bowers & Merena 7/2003:2419, $24,150

5 MS67+ PCGS grade

Kennedy Collection - Heritage 1/2016:5516, $21,150

5 MS67+ PCGS grade

“Driftwood” Collection

5 MS67+ PCGS grade
5 MS67+ PCGS grade  

Heritage 4/2007:2195 - Heritage 1/2012:4245 - Heritage 1/2016:5517, $19,975

9 MS67 PCGS grade  
9 MS67 PCGS grade  
David Akers (1975/88): The mintage indicates it and the auction data confirms it: This is far and away the most common United States gold dollar. It is readily available in all grades including gem uncirculated.

Ron Guth: Based on Population Report data, the 1853 Gold Dollar is THE most common date of the series - by far.  However, that does not mean that the quality of this date is anything special, as most of the graded coins fall into the MS62 to MS63 grade range.  Having said that, there are still hundreds of MS64 and MS65 examples from which to choose.  Moving from MS66 to MS69, the populations taper off significantly.  For type collectors, this date offers the best value for anyone looking for a superb Gold Doillar.