1862 Liberty Seated Dollar


The 1862 liberty seated dollar is a hot collectors item because not so many pieces where made. Because of the American civil war (1861 - 1865) gold and silver was scarce and also needed and that is the reason that not many coins are left these days.


Some 1862 liberty seated silver dollar coin facts.

  • Mintage: Circulation strikes: 11,540 / Proofs: 550.
  • Coin designer: Christian Gobrecht.
  • Diameter: 38.1 millimeters.
  • Composition: Silver (90%) and Copper (10%).
  • Weight: 26.73 grams.
  • Edge: Reeded.
  • Mintmark: Below the eagle on the reverse. (None for Philadelphia)

Here below are the images from an authentic and a counterfeit liberty seated silver dollar coin, both showing the year 1862.


Authentic 1862 Silver Coin Counterfeit 1862 Coin
Obverse Side Obverse Side
1862 Liberty Seated Silver Dollar Counterfeit 1862 liberty seated dollar
When comparing both 1862 liberty seated coins the following differences are easy to see on the counterfeit coin and not on the authentic coin.
  • The numbers are not identical, note the six and two especially.
  • Even de Liberty shield is in good shape there are no words "liberty" on it.
  • The Liberty shield lines are not straight and in blocks.
  • Some of the stars have a dots in between the edges.
  • In general soft details and slick surfaces.

Authentic 1862 Silver Coin

Counterfeit 1862 Coin

Reverse Side

Reverse Side


Reverse side authentic 1862 liberty seated silver dollar

Reverse side counterfeit 1862 liberty seated dollar

The reverse side of the counterfeit coin we did use for this example was of better quality than the obverse side but still you can see that the details are too soft in general.


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