Coin Specifications

Category: Trade Dollars (1873-1885)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 703,000
Catalog: KM-108
Obverse Designer: William Barber
Reverse Designer: William Barber
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 27.22g
ASW: 0.7876oz
Melt Value: $13.92 (10/27/2016)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1873 S T$1 MS obverse 1873 S T$1 MS reverse

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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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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
8/31/2008 PCGS XF 40   Teletrade Auction 2578, 2578/Lot# 2225 $291.20
6/9/2013 PCGS AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/09/2013, 78/Lot# 110653 $633.72
10/27/2013 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131345/Lot# 23145 $2,144.38
1/5/2014 NGC AU 50   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131402/Lot# 22266 $364.25
3/6/2015 NGC MS 63   Stack's Bowers March 2015 Portland ANA, 6103/Lot# 390 $4,700.00
3/30/2015 NGC MS 88   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3527, 6096/Lot# 21136 $293.75
1/6/2016 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2016 January 6 - 11 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Tampa Session(2), 1231/Lot# 4400 $3,525.00

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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