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Rare American Coins-1804 Silver Dollar Facts And Values

Updated on August 11, 2012


The 1804 silver dollar is one of the rarest coins and most sought after coins in the world. The 1804 silver dollar was produced in the United States of America and has a face value of a dollar. The 1804 silver dollar has had a very interesting history which is one reason it has captured the attention of world coin collectors. The other reason it is so popular is because it is rare and extremely valuable.

The 1804 silver dollar was designed by Robert Scot. The interesting fact about the 1804 silver dollar is that it wasn't produced in 1804. It was actually produced 31 years later in 1834. The last U.S. Mint record before the 1804 silver dollar shows that the last silver dollar coins produced were in 1803. The United States mint produced the 1804 silver dollar to make sets that were given to members of the Asian government as a gift. The U.S. Mint records shows that 19,750 1804 silver dollars were produced in 1834.

The obverse side of the 1804 silver dollar.
The obverse side of the 1804 silver dollar.


Interestingly enough, 1834 would not be the last time the 1804 silver dollar would be produced. A Philadelphia Mint employee by the name of Theodore Eckfeldt would leave a mark on the coin world and would forever have his name etched in history. Between the years of 1858-1860, Theodore Eckfeldt managed to get a hold of the old 1804 die and created a few 1804 silver dollars. These coins found their way to Philadelphia coin shops during this time. However, most of them were confiscated and later destroyed. Even so, a few of them made it into private collections and survived.

The 1804 silver coin is classified into three classes.

  • Class I 1834
  • Class II 1858-1860
  • Class III 1858-1860

The reverse side of the 1804 silver dollar.
The reverse side of the 1804 silver dollar.


The 1804 silver dollar is very rare and extremely valuable. The original 1804 silver dollar that was produced in 1834 is the most valuable. Record indicate that one actually sold for 4.4 million dollars. Even though the 1804 silver dollar was illegally produced between 1858-1860, these coins are still extremely valuable also. A class II 1804 silver dollar sold for over 3 million dollars a few years ago. Even in rough shape, the 1804 silver dollar can be worth millions!

Like any coin that is extremely rare and valuable, there are a bunch of counterfeit 1804 silver dollars that go around. You may want to be careful buying from anyone that is not certified. To the untrained eye, these counterfeits can look very real. If you are fortunate enough to come across one, you better think twice unless they are professional. If you believe you have a real 1804 silver dollar coin, you need to have it graded professionally.


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      Aung Zaw Oo 

      3 years ago

      My 1804 silver dollar us 1 phone number 09260253353

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      3 years ago

      I have 1804 silver dollar whit letters on the edge look real

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      5 years ago from West Virginia

      Komyintzaw, thanks for the comment. I'll take a look at it, is it the 1804? If it's authentic, it can be worth big money.

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      5 years ago

      l have a coil like that one in myanmar if you want to check the phto of coil in my facebook & we chat.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      5 years ago from West Virginia

      Great find Angel! The best thing you can do is send it in to a professional grading service. Yes, it does cost extra, but it adds value as well. It will be worth every penny doing it this way. One of the best is NGC. This will also make it much more desirable and easier to sell.

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      Angel Erazo 

      5 years ago

      My name is Angel and I have a coin of 1804 of a silver dollar. I want to know whether it is true or it is a replica. I live in El Salvador.

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      5 years ago

      i saw 1 usa coin the real from 1804. i want to sell it. pls contact to me with my gmail account. kyawmoelwin98@gmail. com

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      Mrpip, thanks for taking the time to view this article and glad you enjoyed it. Always great to meet someone that shares the same passion in coin collecting. That is awesome, your youngest appears to have the passion. Come to think about it, that would be a great vacation/trip. The state quarter series was to spark coin collecting interest and it appears to have worked.

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      6 years ago

      I can really admire people that get into coin collecting so I appreciate the job you've done in this hub. Very interesting and informative. I've found coin collecting to be a great source of bonding with my kids (see hub at )

      Personally, the state quarter collecting could have been collecting anything, as long as it served the purpose of me spending time with my children. The coin collecting must have peaked some interest as my youngest now wants to tour the US mint in Philadelphia.

      Thanks for sharing!!!

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia




      Thanks for taking the time to drop by and comment as well as your votes. I am pleased that you all enjoyed this article. Thanks again and take care.

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      I'm sure coin collectors are loving your hubs! So much good information packed with history. Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I was pleased to read the history about this, which I never knew, and I collected coins for a while and was aware of this rarity.

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      Thomas Silvia 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi my friend, this is all great and interesting information,thanks for helping me learn more about silver dollars and their value.

      Well done and vote up and more !!!


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