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: $11.04 (11/26/2015)
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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 3/17/2015

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1873 S$1 MS
Base $ 265 325 375 470 615 975 1150 1500 1800 2550 3250 5000 7700 69000 120000 - - - -
$ 675 - 1250 1650 2000 2800 3500 5600 15000 82500 - - -

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Total Graded: 177
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66

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12/6/2015 AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2015 December 3 - 6 Houston Money Show US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(3), 1227/Lot# 4486

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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
6/12/2011 NGC AU 58   Teletrade Auction 3082, 3082/Lot# 1864 $1,552.50
9/4/2011 NGC Details UNC Details  Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 1498 $759.00
3/23/2014 NGC Details XF Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/23/2014, 178/Lot# 176531 $456.50
7/6/2014 PCGS XF 45   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/06/2014, 199/Lot# 205436 $715.00
6/4/2015 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2015 June 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1221/Lot# 7909 $434.75
10/29/2015 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2015 October 29 - November 1 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(3), 1225/Lot# 4740 $3,290.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1873 S$1 MS
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 3765
Owner: G & R coins
Grade: AU 55
Points: 2048
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
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