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: $14.50 (2/26/2017)
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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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

Description & Analysis

The San Francisco Mint began Trade Dollar production in July 1873, and a respectable total of 703,000 coins were produced by the end of that year. As one would expect for an S-mint issue in this series, the 1873-S was widely exported, many of the coins being subsequently melted in China or India. Nevertheless, enough circulated coins are extant to supply most collectors with a decent VF, XF, or AU representative for their date or first-year type sets. Uncirculated examples are however, rare, and this issue may very well be the most difficult S-mint Trade Dollar to locate in Mint State.

Description and Analysis courtesy of Heritage Auctions and may not be republished without written permission.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 3/4/2016

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1873 S T$1 MS
Base $ 135 155 185 235 340 490 550 750 1075 1400 1650 2750 4200 6250 25000 50000 - - - -
$ - - 575 850 1150 - - 3100 4600 8500 - - - -

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Total Graded: 104
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 66

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Auction Prices Realized

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5/16/2004 NGC MS 62   Teletrade Auction 1883, 1883/Lot# 1238 $1,210.00
2/20/2005 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 1766 $7,475.00
9/4/2006 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 103, 108/Lot# 208 $569.25
8/11/2011 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction Session(3), 1158/Lot# 4353 $4,312.50
9/7/2011 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Heritage Auctions 2011 September Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(4), 1159/Lot# 8036 $517.50
10/17/2012 NGC MS 61   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 2447 $1,092.50
6/9/2013 PCGS AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/09/2013, 78/Lot# 110653 $633.72
10/10/2014 PCGS XF 45   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 15705 $434.75

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1873 S T$1 MS
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 4199
Owner: Jon Lorenzo
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