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: $13.46 (5/29/2017)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
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1873 S$1 MS obverse 1873 S$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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/20/2016

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1873 S$1 MS
Base $ 290 355 385 475 750 985 1200 1550 1750 2200 2650 3500 5000 8150 71500 122500 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 3650 - 15750 85000 - - -

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Total Graded: 184
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66

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4/1/1998 PCGS MS 63   Teletrade Auction 1037, 1037/Lot# 1712 $1,674.00
4/16/2007 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2007 April Dallas, TX Final Session #451, 451/Lot# 7689 $1,035.00
9/25/2008 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 286, 292/Lot# 5996 $3,450.00
1/5/2011 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(7), 1151/Lot# 11489 $460.00
3/31/2011 NGC MS 60   Stack's Bowers The March 2011 Baltimore Auction, 83/Lot# 3325 $1,438.65
9/4/2011 NGC Details UNC Details  Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 1498 $759.00
10/18/2012 NGC Details XF Details  Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(6), 1175/Lot# 9343 $352.50
7/6/2014 PCGS XF 45   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/06/2014, 188/Lot# 205436 $300.00
2/16/2017 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2017 February 16 - 19 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(6), 1252/Lot# 7731 $763.75

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1873 S$1 MS
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 2555
Owner: G & R coins
Grade: AU 55
Points: 2048
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
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