Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dollars (1840-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 293,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 26.7300g
ASW: 0.7734oz
Melt Value: $13.55 (10/13/2019)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
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1873 $1 MS obverse 1873 $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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Last Updated: 9/6/2019

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1873 $1 MS
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Base $ 310 375 415 495 795 945 1000 1200 1450 1750 2350 4000 5000 7500 62000 122500 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 197
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1873 $1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-132291016101319222520162062----196
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Total-132291016101319222520162162----197
 -1 %2 %1 %15 %5 %8 %5 %7 %10 %11 %1 %3 %10 %8 %11 %3 %1 %---- 
1873 $1 MS Prooflike
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Base-------------1--------1
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Auction Prices Realized

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Service
Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
2/20/2005 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 1762 $2,645.00
6/4/2007 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2007 May/June Long Beach, CA Final Session #439, 439/Lot# 8226 $600.30
9/25/2008 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 286, 292/Lot# 5996 $3,450.00
12/16/2009 PCGS XF 45   Teletrade Auction 2785, 2785/Lot# 1508 $632.50
1/5/2011 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(1), 1151/Lot# 3997 $5,175.00
7/6/2014 PCGS Genuine VF   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/06/2014, 188/Lot# 194558 $275.00
7/6/2014 PCGS XF 45   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/06/2014, 199/Lot# 205436 $715.00
7/11/2014 NGC VF 35   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 6298 $387.75
2/26/2015 PCGS VF 35   Heritage Auctions 2015 February 26 - March 1 PNG Dallas Invitational US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(4), 1218/Lot# 7730 $646.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1873 $1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base729754865949109512901363168317992048226825552727312637654630107881257113163137761479918335
73779189399811601314147017221882212123642612286033394053668311382127681336714117159780
00000014701722188221212364261228603339405366831138212768133671411700
00000015761760196521952459267029933552434287351197712966135721445800
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 2048
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
Grade: F 15
Points: 949
Owner: 123cents
 
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