Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dollars (1840-1873)
Mint: Carson City
Mintage: 2,300
Catalog: KM-100
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 26.7300g
ASW: 0.7734oz
Melt Value: $12.02 (10/5/2015)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
Link to this coin

1873 CC S$1 MS obverse 1873 CC S$1 MS reverse

Expand All    Collapse All


There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

Description & Analysis

The 1873-CC is second only to the 1870-S in overall rarity among regular issue With Motto Seated dollars. Although it does not have the lowest mintage of the Carson City dollars (the 1871-CC has that distinction), the number of survivors is lower than any other CC date. Only 2,300 pieces were struck of the 1873-CC, and it is very likely that the majority were melted, with somewhere between 750 and 1,000 pieces actually released into circulation. The reason for the low mintage was simple: the mints were getting ready to produce the Trade dollar, which was also first minted in 1873. In a letter from Bob Julian to Q. David Bowers in 1992 and quoted from Bowers Silver Dollar Encyclopedia, Julian suggests that 'If the 2,300 were not called for by the silver depositor, it is likely that they would have been melted, and his bullion returned to him. It is my opinion, however, that all the coins were paid out and then perhaps redeposited for trade dollar coinage a few weeks later.' To us, this seems like a somewhat cumbersome process, unless what he means is that local banks were ordered to redeposit Seated dollars for recoinage into the new Trade dollar design. In any case, very few 1873-CC dollars were in the channels of commerce and even fewer are known in AU and Uncirculated grades.

The finest examples known are three Uncirculated pieces that were found in the cornerstone of a building in Carson City that was torn down in 1973. Today the total population for Mint State 1873-CC Seated dollars is eight pieces, but once allowances for resubmissions are taken into account there are probably no more than 3-5 examples actually in existence. In all grades, both of the major services have certified 107 pieces. Again, there are doubtless numerous resubmissions in that total number and the actual number of survivors is probably in the range of 60-70 pieces. When located, the 1873-CC is usually seen no better than VF or XF, with probably no more than 20-24 coins in the various grades of AU.

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


Loading... Working...

Use the scroll bar at the bottom of this box to view a summary of the NGC Price Guide, NGC Census, Auction Prices Realized and NGC Registry Scores for each grade.

There was no data found for this Coin.

Select Designation


Select Grade

*To view the Census details for this coin, please sign in or sign up.

Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/22/2015

Click on a price to see historical prices, comparison charts and trends.

1873 CC S$1 MS
Base $ 11000 13750 17500 29000 36000 50000 56000 73350 84000 137500 165000 215000 - - - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - -

The World Coin Price Guide is independently compiled by Krause Publications’ NumisMaster. NGC makes this information available to its website visitors as a free service, but in no way does the information provided represent NGC’s official opinion or policy. For example, varieties listed in the World Coin Price Guide may not necessarily be recognized by NGC. Please contact NGC Customer Service with any questions.

NGC Price and Value Guides Disclaimer



Total Graded: 26
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 65

Upcoming Auctions

Auction Prices Realized

A random selection of coins is shown below.

Auction House
Sale / Lot
6/29/1998 PCGS VF 35   Teletrade Auction 1062, 1062/Lot# 1830 $8,692.00
2/20/2005 PCGS XF 45   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 1764 $26,450.00
5/30/2012 NGC VF 20   Stack's Bowers The June 2012 Baltimore Auction, 137/Lot# 3063 $12,925.00
9/25/2013 PCGS VF 30   Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(6), 1189/Lot# 6533 $22,325.00
3/20/2014 PCGS VF 25   Heritage Auctions 2014 March 20 The Collection of Donald E. Bently - Bently Foundation US Coins Signature Auction - San Francisco Session(1), 1205/Lot# 30120 $23,500.00
7/6/2014 PCGS XF 40   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/06/2014, 199/Lot# 206351 $28,600.00
11/6/2014 PCGS Genuine VG   Heritage Auctions 2014 November 6 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Beverly Hills Session(2), 1211/Lot# 3808 $5,875.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1873 CC S$1 MS
Registry Image Gallery
Grade: VF 25
Points: 7431
Owner: jefother
View the Registry Image Gallery

Related Articles

There are no related articles for this coin.

NGC Auction Central Disclaimer