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: $12.80 (5/6/2015)
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
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
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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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 173
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66


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12/2/1996 PCGS MS 62   Teletrade Auction 0898, 898/Lot# 1571 $517.75
9/25/2008 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 286, 292/Lot# 5996 $3,450.00
9/4/2011 NGC Details UNC Details  Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 1498 $759.00
2/22/2013 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 7340 $287.88
2/27/2014 PCGS Genuine AU   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 27 - 28 & March 2 Mid-Winter ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Atlanta Session(5), 1203/Lot# 7875 $587.50
3/23/2014 NGC Details XF Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/23/2014, 178/Lot# 176531 $456.50
11/2/2014 NGC Details XF Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131445/Lot# 24692 $176.25
11/9/2014 PCGS Genuine F   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131446/Lot# 25382 $188.00
4/22/2015 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2015 April 22 - 26 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(3), 1219/Lot# 4847 $3,290.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1873 S$1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base729754865949109512901363168317992048226825552727312637654630107881257113163137761479918335
73779189399811601314147017221882212123642612286033394053668311382127681336714117159780
00000014701722188221212364261228603339405366831138212768133671411700
00000015761760196521952459267029933552434287351197712966135721445800
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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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