Gold Dollar -> 1853-C


  • Gold Dollars 1849 - 1859
  • Type One 1849 - 1853
  • Diameter: 13 millimeters
  • Fineness: .900
  • Weight: 26.8 grains
  • Designer: James B. Longacre
  • Edge: Reeded
  • Coiner: Emmor Graham

The 1853-C is the final Type One gold dollar struck at the Charlotte Mint. It is notorious for showing poor strikes. Additionally, many are found on inferior planchets with numerous mint-caused chips, rifts and/or splits. 130 or so are known with most grading Very Fine to Extremely Fine. The 1853-C is scarce in the lower About Uncirculated grades, very scarce in the higher AU grades and rare in Mint State with fewer than a dozen known. Unlike the 1851-C and the 1852-C, very few of the Uncirculated 1853-C gold dollars which exist are choice.

Condition Census

  1. Georgia collection, ex Doug Winter (1987), Paramount Auction 81: 1331. Graded MS-63 by PCGS in 1989 and probably MS-64 by today's standards.
  2. Private collection, ex Elrod collection. Graded MS-64 by NGC.
  3. New York dealer inventory, late 1996-1997. Graded MS-64 by NGC.
  4. (tie) Heritage 1998 FUN sale: 7430, ex Donald Carter collection (and) Heritage 9/97: 7405, California collection, Doug Winter/Lee Minshull, 4/97, possibly also ex Bowers and Merena Norweb II (3/88): 1869. Both have been graded MS-63 by NGC.
  5. North Georgia collection. Graded MS-63 by NGC.