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: $19.81 (7/30/2021)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
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1873 $1 MS obverse 1873 $1 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The 1873 Philadelphia Mint standard dollar had a generous mintage by series standards, though it pales in comparison to Philly's output during the previous two years. Though still considered a common date, 1873(P) is less often seen than the preceding two issues and carries a modest premium.

Mint State coins are disproportionately available when contrasted with the 1871 and 1872 entries. Whether or not this date was saved deliberately by collectors is not certain. It may be that a number of unissued 1873(P) dollars remained on hand when this coin type was rendered obsolete by law on April 1 of that year. Mint policy would have been to melt these coins, but there were always officers at that facility who would favor known numismatists whenever possible.

Several gems and superb gems are known for this issue. Some Mint State survivors reveal semi-prooflike fields, though frosty texture is more often seen. While well struck coins are available, many examples are quite noticeably weak as compared to other dates.

Circulated pieces are rather scarce below the grade of Very Fine, and the population of Details graded coins is nearly half that of those having Numeric grades.

Four die marriages have been identified, resulting from combinations of three obverse dies and two reverses. These marriages vary in rarity, but without any interesting characteristics the demand is limited to series specialists.

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Last Updated: 7/20/2020

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1873 $1 MS
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Base $ 290 355 385 500 800 985 1000 1200 1450 2200 2650 4000 4575 8250 52500 112500 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 202
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 7/27/2021 1873 $1 MS
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Base-232301016101419222621162062----201
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Total-232301016101419222621162162----202
 -1%1%1%15%5%8%5%7%9%11%1%3%10%8%10%3%1%---- 
1873 $1 MS PL
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1873 $1 MS
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Base729754865949109512901363168317992048226825552727312637654630107881257113163137761479918335
737791893998116013141470172218822121236426122860333940536683113821276813367141171597819252
00000014701722188221212364261228603339405366831138212768133671411700
00000015761760196521952459267029933552434287351197712966135721445800
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 3126
Owner: Walkerfan
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 2048
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
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