Coin Specifications

Category: Trade Dollars (1873-1885)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 703,000
Obverse Designer: William Barber
Reverse Designer: William Barber
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 27.2200g
ASW: 0.7876oz
Melt Value: $21.86 (6/15/2021)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
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1873 S T$1 MS obverse 1873 S T$1 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

It's not surprising that San Francisco produced the greatest number of trade dollars for this year, as it was the primary launching point for ships traveling to Asia loaded with silver for international commerce. Production almost certainly would have topped a million pieces had the dies been ready before July. The ultimate destination for most of this bullion was India, which prized silver more than other parts of the world did. Even worn coins are rather scarce, certainly not rare.

Mint State survivors are few, since nearly all of these coins did get exported and later melted. Surprisingly, however, gems are a bit more available than for the two other mints. How this occurred is unknown, as there were precious few collectors of trade dollars by date and mint until well into the 20th Century. Collectors of the 1870s sought proofs almost exclusively.

Varieties are limited to relative positioning of the mintmark. Some 15 pairs of dies were sent to the San Francisco Mint for trade dollar coinage, and all appear to have the same size and style of mintmark.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/17/2019

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1873 S T$1 MS
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Base $ 175 195 255 375 495 555 710 920 1400 1600 1800 2100 4100 5400 25000 48500 - - - -
$ - - 735 965 1500 - - 2750 4250 11000 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 106
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 66

The chart showing 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, 66 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 6/8/2021 1873 S T$1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----1412581451918121421----106
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Total----1412581451918131821----111
 ----1%4%1%2%5%7%13%5%17%16%12%16%2%1%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1873 S T$1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base378471502546642776879974130114831720186019852445348241996943837210372119171362615509
4094815175786878109111083136215621767190221382791372151147419903910887124871425416284
00000091110831362156217671902213827913721511474199039108871248700
00000094211921422164118131943229231363960602878969705114021305600
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 6943
Owner: Jon Lorenzo
 
Grade: AU 53
Points: 1301
Owner: coinhunter1
 
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