Coin Specifications

Category: Trade Dollars (1873-1885)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 396,635
Catalog: KM-108
Obverse Designer: William Barber
Reverse Designer: William Barber
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 27.2200g
ASW: 0.7876oz
Melt Value: $11.12 (12/1/2015)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1873 T$1 MS obverse 1873 T$1 MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

The first-year 1873 is a low mintage issue with just 396,635 business strikes produced. Unlike many other first-year issues in U.S. numismatic history, the 1873 does not appear to have been widely saved at the time of production. Rather, most coins were shipped to the Orient, where they were undoubtedly worn out and/or melted. Today, a Mint State 1873 Trade Dollar must be considered a rarity, especially if it approaches the Gem threshold.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/22/2015

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1873 T$1 MS
Base $ 125 145 170 215 315 385 425 535 875 1450 2350 3400 5900 13750 31000 67000 - - -
$ 325 - 460 575 925 1600 2500 3850 7250 16000 - - -

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Total Graded: 172
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 66

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
2/12/2002 PCGS MS 61   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #22023, 22023/Lot# 15277 $603.75
9/14/2008 NGC MS 63   Goldberg September 14-16, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 48/Lot# 971 $3,105.00
5/13/2012 NGC Details AU Details  Teletrade Auction 3275, 3275/Lot# 2306 $220.00
1/9/2013 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(2), 1181/Lot# 4606 $1,116.25
4/21/2013 PCGS MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 748, 757/Lot# 322 $4,950.00
1/12/2014 NGC AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/12/2014, 180/Lot# 163133 $935.00
7/11/2014 NGC   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 6864 $505.25
11/2/2014 NGC VF 30   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131445/Lot# 23483 $229.13
1/7/2015 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(3), 1216/Lot# 5391 $3,668.35

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1873 T$1 MS
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 2079
Owner: Carl Beeson
Grade: XF Details
Points: 353
Owner: B.L. Birdy
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