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Obverse of 1843 Silver Dollar     Reverse of 1843 Silver Dollar


1843 SILVER DOLLAR

PCGS Nos: 6929, 6984

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 165,100
Proofs: estimated 15

Designer: Christian Gobrecht

Diameter: 38.1 millimeters

Metal Content:
Silver - 90%
Copper - 10%

Weight: 26.73 grams

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: None (for Philadelphia) below the eagle on the reverse

Images courtesy of Superior Galleries

Significant examples:
"Very Choice Proof".  Ex - Judge Joseph F. Sawicki, May 10, 1948, sold as part of a complete copper and silver Proof set (in an original case) for $225.00 - John Jay Pittman - David Akers Numismatics, Inc. "The John Jay Pittman Collection", October 21-23, 1997, Lot 832g, illustrated, "...This coin shows the defects on the right leg of the final A in AMERICA as well as on the inside of the right leg at the crossbar.  These defects are characteristic of all Proof Silver Dollars struck from 1840 to 1850, and this die was never used for business strikes...", sold as part of the complete 1843 Proof set (still in the original case) to which Pittman had added the Proof 1843 Quarter Eagle, Half Eagle, and Eagle!  This set may be complete set that appeared in the 1895 Winsor sale as Lot 1067, said to have been presented to President Tyler.

PCGS MS-62 (illustrated above).  Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach" Sale, June 5-7, 2000, Lot 1612, sold for $1,955.00 "to the book" - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 3518, illustrated, sold for $1,955.00

Recent appearances:
Net MS-61, MS-63 with brushing.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 355, sold for $690.00

AU-58.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 5620, not illustrated, sold for $661.25

NGC AU-58.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 6309, not plated, sold for $690.00

PCGS AU-58.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 862, illustrated, sold for $690.00

AU-55, Cleaned.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 5172, not illustrated, sold for $460.00

NGC AU-53 Lightly worn.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6178, not illustrated, sold for $431.25 

AU-50.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 3519, not illustrated, sold for $373.75

AU-50.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 3520, not illustrated, not sold

AU-50.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 6850, not illustrated, not sold

AU-50.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 356, sold for $546.25

Choice AU.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 584, sold for $695.75

Choice Extremely Fine, on the borderline of About Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1223, not plated, sold for $345.00

Ef-45.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 1961, not illustrated, sold for $310.00

EF-40.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "The ANA 2001 National Money Show Auction", March 8-9, 2001, Lot 323, sold for $161.00

Extremely Fine with the look of a higher grade.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1224, not plated, sold for $161.00

Extremely Fine.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1225, not plated, sold for $149.50

Choice Very Fine.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 585, sold for $195.50

Very Fine.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 586, sold for $184.00

Varieties:

Notes:
No circulation strikes appear to have been made from the die combination used to strike Proofs.

The finest Uncirculated examples graded by PCGS are 4 MS-64's.

The finest Proof examples graded by PCGS are 3 PR-63's.

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"The PCGS Population Report, October 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service

 

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