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: $12.36 (10/6/2015)
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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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

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: 9/22/2015

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1873 S T$1 MS
Base $ 135 150 180 220 320 450 525 675 1000 1475 2550 3850 6000 22500 50000 - - - -
$ 350 - 550 750 1100 1650 3050 4400 8500 28000 - - -

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Total Graded: 101
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 66

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
5/16/2004 NGC MS 62   Teletrade Auction 1883, 1883/Lot# 1238 $1,210.00
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
12/25/2011 NGC Details XF Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/25/2011, 150/Lot# 27985 $112.20
1/8/2014 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(7), 1201/Lot# 9347 $1,292.50
2/6/2015 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers 2015 Americana Auction, 6070/Lot# 2415 $2,585.00
3/6/2015 NGC MS 63   Stack's Bowers March 2015 Portland ANA, 6103/Lot# 390 $4,700.00
6/4/2015 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2015 June 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(3), 1221/Lot# 4762 $2,820.00

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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