Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dollars (1840-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 293,000
Catalog: KM-100
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 26.7300g
ASW: 0.7734oz
Melt Value: $15.24 (4/18/2014)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1873 S$1 MS obverse 1873 S$1 MS reverse


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Description & Analysis

Silver Dollar coinage at the Philadelphia Mint remained strong and steady through the first three months of 1873. On March 29 of that year, however, the facility delivered its final 11,500 dollars of the Seated Liberty design in response to the Mint Act of February 12. This brought the total for the year to 293,000 pieces, the lowest Philadelphia emission since 1868. The Mint melted many 1873 Seated dollars to provide bullion for its initial delivery of Trade dollars. As a result, yet not widely recognized as such, the 1873 is an elusive issue that is particularly rare in the finer Mint State grades.

In fact, the Seated Liberty dollar type, whether Motto or No Motto, is rare at the MS65 level. A number of Mint State 1859-O and 1860-O dollars are known, but these are almost invariably bagmarked. Mintages for the series peaked in 1871 and 1872, but those issues were extensively exported to the East and melted.

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Last Updated: 12/16/2013

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1873 S$1 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 265 325 375 470 615 615 975 1100 1400 1700 2150 2450 3250 4850 7750 70000 95000 - - - -
$ 675 1075 1200 1550 1900 2350 2800 3500 5300 12075 79000 105000 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 164
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66


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7/27/2002 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2002 July New York, NY Signature Sale #296, 296/Lot# 8781 $2,645.00
9/6/2004 PCGS AU 55   Goldberg September 6-7, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 26/Lot# 952 $776.25
8/19/2007 PCGS MS 62   Teletrade Auction 2410, 2410/Lot# 1526 $3,136.00
9/25/2008 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 286, 292/Lot# 5996 $3,450.00
3/31/2011 NGC MS 60   Stack's Bowers The March 2011 Baltimore Auction, 83/Lot# 3325 $1,438.65
2/22/2013 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 7340 $287.88
11/1/2013 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 1 - 3 US Coin Signature Auction - New York Session(2), 1191/Lot# 3671 $3,818.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1873 S$1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base34094375396097459361103128413931542163418862233261438686400892911754218653409153708
138418471562654808991116313201442157217182001236030324712724398701512425940406300
00000099111631320144215721718200123603032471272439870151242594000
0000001047122313561492160318022117248734505556808610812184943001500
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 2614
Owner: G & R coins
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 1393
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
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