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: $14.27 (1/29/2015)
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: 12/9/2014

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1873 S T$1 MS
Base $ 135 150 180 220 320 320 450 525 675 1000 1275 1475 2550 3850 6000 22500 50000 - - - -
$ 350 470 550 750 1100 1325 1650 3050 4400 8500 28000 - - -
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Total Graded: 99
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 66

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Auction Prices Realized

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6/3/1996 PCGS VF 35   Teletrade Auction 0846, 846/Lot# 1618 $141.70
2/20/2005 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 1766 $7,475.00
9/4/2006 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 103, 108/Lot# 208 $569.25
3/28/2009 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2009 March Baltimore, MD Signature US Coin Auction #1126, 1126/Lot# 2408 $4,312.50
12/25/2011 NGC Details XF Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/25/2011, 150/Lot# 27985 $112.20
3/25/2012 NGC Details XF Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131214/Lot# 24499 $184.00
6/23/2014 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2014 June 23 The Eugene H. Gardner Collection of US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1213/Lot# 30621 $28,200.00
12/5/2014 PCGS AU 58   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3511, 6080/Lot# 20513 $969.38

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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