Coin Specifications

Category: Trade Dollars (1873-1885)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 396,635
Obverse Designer: William Barber
Reverse Designer: William Barber
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 27.2200g
ASW: 0.7876oz
Melt Value: $14.26 (9/20/2019)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
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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: 6/17/2019

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1873 T$1 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 175 195 250 320 400 685 710 900 1150 1300 1500 2000 3400 4500 10700 25000 67000 - - -
$ - - 720 950 1200 - - 2250 3550 6250 15750 - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 193
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 66

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, 66 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 9/17/2019 1873 T$1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base1-111271276101711923343362----192
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--------------21------3
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Total1-111271276101711923363462----195
 1 %-1 %1 %6 %4 %6 %4 %3 %5 %9 %1 %10 %12 %18 %17 %3 %1 %---- 
1873 T$1 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------1--------1
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--------------1-------1
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Total-------------11-------2
 -------------50 %50 %------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Images
Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
9/14/2008 NGC MS 63   Goldberg September 14-16, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 48/Lot# 971 $3,105.00
8/12/2012 NGC MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/12/2012, 35/Lot# 66755 $1,705.00
12/9/2012 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131251/Lot# 22211 $4,112.50
1/6/2013 NGC AU 55   Teletrade Auction 3411, 3411/Lot# 2684 $632.50
2/7/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   Heritage Auctions 2013 February 7 -8 & 10 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1182/Lot# 8095 $470.00
10/13/2013 PCGS MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 773, 782/Lot# 1263 $4,314.00
5/4/2014 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131419/Lot# 26687 $217.38
7/11/2014 NGC Details AU Details  Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 6865 $229.13


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1873 T$1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base308389456502560705793874119713751607174419362079302338385986706210336118771358215461
33541147152160873482098212561452165318081984239432954554634581531085012445142080
0000008209821256145216531808198423943295455463458153108501244500
00000084710891316153016981872203127083566527067039245113631301400
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 2079
Owner: 123cents
 
Grade: AU 53
Points: 1197
Owner: Durham Collection
 
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