Coin Specifications

Category: Trade Dollars (1873-1885)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 396,635
Catalog: KM-108
Obverse Designer: William Barber
Reverse Designer: William Barber
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 27.22g
ASW: 0.7876oz
Melt Value: $16.07 (7/28/2016)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1873 T$1 MS obverse 1873 T$1 MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

The first-year 1873 is a low mintage issue with just 396,635 business strikes produced. Unlike many other first-year issues in U.S. numismatic history, the 1873 does not appear to have been widely saved at the time of production. Rather, most coins were shipped to the Orient, where they were undoubtedly worn out and/or melted. Today, a Mint State 1873 Trade Dollar must be considered a rarity, especially if it approaches the Gem threshold.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 3/4/2016

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1873 T$1 MS
Base $ 130 150 175 230 335 435 465 575 925 1150 1525 2350 3500 5300 13000 31000 67000 - - -
$ - - 475 615 975 - - 2550 3850 7250 15750 - - -

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Total Graded: 177
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 66

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
1/3/2001 NGC AU 58   Teletrade Auction 1392, 1392/Lot# 1473 $305.20
9/14/2008 NGC MS 63   Goldberg September 14-16, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 48/Lot# 971 $3,105.00
7/8/2010 PCGS VF 30   Heritage Auctions 2010 July Orlando, FL (Summer FUN) Signature US Coin Auction #1142, 1142/Lot# 8249 $270.25
2/6/2011 NGC Details XF Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 211023/Lot# 24884 $161.00
8/12/2012 NGC MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/12/2012, 35/Lot# 66755 $1,705.00
10/17/2012 PCGS MS 63   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 2446 $3,162.50
5/19/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/19/2013, 75/Lot# 115879 $214.50
10/13/2013 PCGS MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 773, 782/Lot# 1263 $4,314.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1873 T$1 MS
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 2079
Owner: Carl Beeson
Grade: XF Details
Points: 353
Owner: B.L. Birdy
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