Seated Liberty Dollar (1840-1873)

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The Seated Liberty Dollar was the second Silver Dollar produced by the US Mint, and unlike its predecessor it remained in production for more than a decade. In fact, the Seated Liberty stayed on the production lines of the US mint for more than 30 years. Because of this extended period of time being minted, this particular coin is relatively easily found. For collectors, however, simply finding the coin is not enough, because everyone desires a piece that has been well-preserved over the course of it being circulated. Having more than 100 years under their collective belts, Seated Liberty Silver Dollars are found in poor condition more often than not.

Even if they aren’t found in poor condition, you will almost always be able to notice at least some signs of wear and tear because these coins were so readily exchanged.

What You Will Pay for a Seated Liberty Silver Dollar

The price you are going to be asked to pay for a Seated Liberty Silver Dollar varies dramatically depending on a few different factors. For one, the condition of the coin means absolutely everything. Even though every single one of these Silver Dollars is over 100 years old, collectors still very much care about the condition the coin is in. When it comes to well-preserved Seated Liberty Dollars you can expect to pay anywhere from a few hundred dollars to as much as $2,000. The drastic price variance has to do with the rarity of the coin in question. Naturally, an excellently preserved Seated Liberty from 1842 will sell for a much higher price than a similarly preserved coin from 25 years later.

If you are simply looking to acquire one of these coins and do not necessarily care all that much about the condition, you can still expect to pay no less than $100. Even the earliest Seated Liberty Dollars will range from $100-$200 if their condition is questionable. As is the case with Bust Silver Dollars, it is not often that you find beginner or amateur collectors looking to get their hands on coins that are as generally pricy as Seated Liberty Silver Dollar.

The Most Sought After Seated Liberty Silver Dollars

As was made clear above, the most sought after Silver Dollars are those that were produced earliest. This means that when it comes to the Seated Liberty Silver Dollar the most sought after are those produced during the 1840s. These coins are all well over 150 years old and have partaken in quite the journey to still be around today. Unfortunately, the fact that these coins are so heavily sought after means that they are also some of the most expensive.

Apart from the age of the coin, collectors will place more value on coins that have been preserved in excellent condition. It is all too common for a coin that is more than a century old to be overly damaged, so finding one of these coins in excellent condition is nothing short of amazing.

Seated Liberty Silver Dollars Future Value

Though it is impossible to say exactly how much a given Seated Liberty will cost 10 or 20 years from now, it can be said with some level of certainty that the asking price for one of these coins will be greater than it is now. The fact that these coins are no longer being produced in conjunction with the fact that fewer will exist with each passing year means that the value of these coins will only ever rise.

For this reason, we have to make it known that now is the absolute best time for you to get your hands on a Seated Liberty Silver Dollar.

Liberty Seated Dollar

DATE GOOD FINE EXTREMELY FINE UNCIRCULATED
1840 Liberty Seated Dollar N/A $375 $750 $1,150
1841 Liberty Seated Dollar N/A $350 $700 $900
1842 Liberty Seated Dollar N/A $325 $600 $800
1843 Liberty Seated Dollar N/A $325 $600 $800
1844 Liberty Seated Dollar N/A $350 $800 $1,500
1845 Liberty Seated Dollar N/A $375 $800 $1,500
1846 Liberty Seated Dollar N/A $325 $650 $900
1846 Liberty Seated Dollar (O) N/A $750 $800 $1,400
1847 Liberty Seated Dollar N/A $325 $600 $800
1848 Liberty Seated Dollar N/A $500 $1,100 $1,700
1849 Liberty Seated Dollar N/A $325 $700 $850
1850 Liberty Seated Dollar N/A $750 $1,800 $2,250
1850 Liberty Seated Dollar (O) N/A $500 $1,450 $3,200
1851 Liberty Seated Dollar N/A $10,500 $20,000 $27,500
1852 Liberty Seated Dollar N/A $10,000 $17,500 $27,500
1853 Liberty Seated Dollar N/A $450 $1,100 $1,350
1854 Liberty Seated Dollar N/A $2,500 $4,150 $5,500
1855 Liberty Seated Dollar N/A $1,500 $4,000 $4,750
1856 Liberty Seated Dollar N/A $525 $1,600 $2,250
1857 Liberty Seated Dollar N/A $525 $1,550 $1,900
1859 Liberty Seated Dollar N/A $425 $750 $1,225
1859 Liberty Seated Dollar (O) N/A $325 $600 $850
1859 Liberty Seated Dollar (S) N/A $550 $1,700 $3,350
1860 Liberty Seated Dollar N/A $400 $650 $850
1860 Liberty Seated Dollar (O) N/A $325 $600 $785
1861 Liberty Seated Dollar N/A $1,100 $3,000 $2,250
1862 Liberty Seated Dollar N/A $1,100 $1,650 $2,650
1863 Liberty Seated Dollar N/A $1,100 $1,600 $1,600
1864 Liberty Seated Dollar N/A $500 $1,000 $1,600
1865 Liberty Seated Dollar N/A $450 $1,600 $1,600
1866 Liberty Seated Dollar N/A $390 $850 $1,100
1867 Liberty Seated Dollar N/A $365 $850 $1,050
1868 Liberty Seated Dollar N/A $350 $800 $1,150
1869 Liberty Seated Dollar N/A $340 $750 $1,050
1870 Liberty Seated Dollar N/A $325 $600 $950
1870 Liberty Seated Dollar (CC) N/A $1,400 $3,450 $7,000
1870 Liberty Seated Dollar (S) N/A $325,000 $800,000 $1,250,000
1871 Liberty Seated Dollar N/A $325 $600 $950
1871 Liberty Seated Dollar (CC) N/A $4,850 $15,000 $24,500
1872 Liberty Seated Dollar N/A $325 $600 $950
1872 Liberty Seated Dollar (CC) N/A $4,500 $8,500 $13,000
1872 Liberty Seated Dollar (S) N/A $675 $1,975 $3,500
1873 Liberty Seated Dollar N/A $400 $600 $975
1873 Liberty Seated Dollar (CC) N/A $11,000 $27,500 $41,500
Source: Red Book