Coin Specifications

Category: Trade Dollars (1873-1885)
Mint: Carson City
Mintage: 124,500
Obverse Designer: William Barber
Reverse Designer: William Barber
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 27.2200g
ASW: 0.7876oz
Melt Value: $21.33 (5/14/2021)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
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1873 CC T$1 MS obverse 1873 CC T$1 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The Carson City Mint received four pairs of dies on July 22,1873. Production commenced that same day, with 4500 coins were ready for shipment the next day, and another 2580 were distributed to curious locals the next day (trade dollars were a legal tender to the amount of five dollars until 1876). Clearly, very few of these coins were preserved once their novelty value had faded.

Since this coin type didn't appears until mid year, all obverse dies bear an Open 3, rather than the Closed 3 condemned months earlier. The reverse dies all featured a tiny CC mintmark. Six additional die pairs followed the original shipment in July, as the attrition rate of trade dollar dies proved to be quite high. The only varieties of note are two misplaced date (MPD) dies on which the tops of several numerals may be seen within the denticles below the date.

Even with all of these dies the 1873 mintage was a modest 124,000 pieces, and it appears that nearly all of these coins were shipped overseas. Only a few returned, and most of the trade dollars repatriated during the 1950s-60s were worn, damaged and/or chop-marked (these Asian characters were a guarantee of genuineness and full value affixed to dollar-size or, sometimes, half dollar-size silver coins). Mint State examples are very rare, with gems all but unknown.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/17/2019

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1873 CC T$1 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 265 385 725 1350 1925 3500 3700 4400 5250 7900 9750 18000 25000 51000 177500 - - - - -
$ - - 3900 4750 6000 - - - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 144
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 65

The chart showing PrAg series, G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 5/11/2021 1873 CC T$1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base2-1612493112336699751-----144
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Total2-1612493112336699751-----144
 1%-1%4%8%3%6%2%8%16%25%4%6%6%5%3%1%----- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1873 CC T$1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base500615680820106619112102227431263554408443874615557479298998133231517617214194472188724548
5386377279021348197521592558326937314185446349356359828510440139411585517958202602277425775
000000215925583269373141854463493563598285104401394115855179582026000
000000221728423411390742864539525471448642118811455816535187032107400
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 8998
Owner: Jon Lorenzo
 
Grade: MS 62
Points: 5574
Owner: 뿡뽀뽀
 
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