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

1875 G$1 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS64+
PCGS #:
7576
Diameter:
14.30 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
1.70 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
400
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$109,250 • PCGS MS66 • 2-3-2010 • 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 100 R-8.0 4 / 49 TIE 7 / 81 TIE
60 or Better 60 R-8.4 14 / 49 30 / 81 TIE
65 or Better 10 R-9.5 9 / 49 TIE 18 / 81 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66+ PCGS grade

Longfellow collection - Heritage 2/2010:1427 - Simpson Collection

2 MS66 PCGS grade

David Akers - Dr. Steven Duckor

2 MS66 PCGS grade  
4 MS65 PCGS grade  
4 MS65 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66+ PCGS grade

Longfellow collection - Heritage 2/2010:1427 - Simpson Collection

2 MS66 PCGS grade

David Akers - Dr. Steven Duckor

2 MS66 PCGS grade  
4 MS65 PCGS grade  
4 MS65 PCGS grade  
4 MS65 PCGS grade  
4 MS65 PCGS grade  
4 MS65 PCGS grade  
4 MS65 PCGS grade  
4 MS65 PCGS grade  
David Akers (1975/88): With a total issue of only 420 pieces, the 1875 has one of the lowest mintages of any regularly issued U.S. gold coin. With so low a mintage, essentially all specimens are "first strikes" and therefore invariably have full proof-like surfaces. This has given rise to the false notion that the 1875 gold dollar is more common in proof than it is in uncirculated condition. Most cataloguers have mistakenly called Uncs. "proofs" over the years. Actually, the Uncs. are readily distinguishable from the proofs because all uncirculated 1875 gold dollars have a small thorn-like projection from the throat into the field. This projection is seen only on the Uncs., not on the proofs, and no matter how much a particular 1875 may look like a proof, if it has the projection from the throat into the field, it is an Unc. Hopefully, auction cataloguers, dealers, and collectors alike will now put the myth of how much rarer an Unc. 1875 is than an 1875 proof to rest once and for all.