Coin Specifications

Category: Trade Dollars (1873-1885)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 703,000
Catalog: KM-108
Obverse Designer: William Barber
Reverse Designer: William Barber
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 27.2200g
ASW: 0.7876oz
Melt Value: $15.52 (4/17/2014)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1873 S T$1 MS obverse 1873 S T$1 MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

The San Francisco Mint began Trade Dollar production in July 1873, and a respectable total of 703,000 coins were produced by the end of that year. As one would expect for an S-mint issue in this series, the 1873-S was widely exported, many of the coins being subsequently melted in China or India. Nevertheless, enough circulated coins are extant to supply most collectors with a decent VF, XF, or AU representative for their date or first-year type sets. Uncirculated examples are however, rare, and this issue may very well be the most difficult S-mint Trade Dollar to locate in Mint State.

Description and Analysis courtesy of Heritage Auctions and may not be republished without written permission.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/19/2013

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1873 S T$1 MS
Base $ 138 150 168 210 276 276 420 570 780 990 1170 1320 2280 4090 5530 19060 34380 62500 - - -
$ 310 460 630 860 1090 1290 1450 2510 4400 6000 20600 37100 68000 -
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Total Graded: 94
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 66

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
7/27/1993 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 1993 ANA Bullet #106, 106/Lot# 336 $4,290.00
9/4/2006 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 103, 108/Lot# 208 $569.25
9/19/2010 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg September 19-21, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 60/Lot# 1676 $2,760.00
12/25/2011 NGC Details XF Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/25/2011, 150/Lot# 27985 $112.20
2/28/2012 NGC AU 50   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 176 $667.00
6/25/2012 NGC AU 50   Teletrade Auction 3300, 3300/Lot# 1809 $260.00
10/17/2012 NGC MS 61   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 2447 $1,092.50
6/9/2013 PCGS AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/09/2013, 78/Lot# 110653 $633.72

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1873 S T$1 MS
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 4199
Owner: Jon Lorenzo
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