Coin Specifications

Category: Trade Dollars (1873-1885)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 9,519,000
Obverse Designer: William Barber
Reverse Designer: William Barber
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 27.2200g
ASW: 0.7876oz
Melt Value: $21.60 (6/16/2021)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
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1877 S T$1 MS obverse 1877 S T$1 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Though trade dollars had by this time become a nuisance in domestic circulation, it appears that the greater part of this issue's huge mintage did indeed get shipped to the Far East. Many of these coins were quickly melted and then cast into bars, while others became the source of silver for jewelry pieces. This was particularly true in India, which became the ultimate destination of many trade dollars received in the seaports of China and Southeast Asia.

With its enormous mintage, this is far and away the most common of trade dollars in all grades. Circulated pieces are plentiful right through the About Uncirculated level. Mint State coins of so-so quality are easily found, with choice examples certified as MS-63 and MS-64 being available to the series specialist or type collector. As with all trade dollars, true gems are rare and seldom offered. It appears that almost no one sought these coins by date and mint until well into the 20th Century. Even today the trade dollar series remains neglected.

There are three mintmark sizes/style known. The Micro S is sought by specialists for its scarcity, while the Medium S and Large S coins are plentiful enough to not carry any premium. Popular varieties include a repunched date (FS-301) and two doubled-die reverse varieties (FS-801, -802).

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/17/2019

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1877 S T$1 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 125 145 180 260 350 400 435 530 715 1100 1100 1200 1950 2950 9750 25000 60000 - - -
$ - - 460 560 750 - - 1350 2700 3200 15250 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1779
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 67

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, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 6/15/2021 1877 S T$1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base2113281641071175376148256572352231411242631---1775
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----------1-2453------15
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Total2113281641071175376148257572372271471282641---1793
 0%0%1%2%9%6%7%3%4%8%14%3%13%13%8%7%1%0%0%--- 
1877 S T$1 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------1111------4
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Total------------1111------4
 ------------25%25%25%25%------ 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1877 S T$1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base24831745650256066772978711421334158017251753195326313099573672659997115001316515003
271363471521596688748905120614161628173418202179278739786246817610498120551377815753
0000007489051206141616281734182021792787397862468176104981205500
00000076810241270149816771744188624052943485767559086109991261000
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 1953
Owner: Liberty1776
 
Grade: MS 61
Points: 1753
Owner: Goldenboy#1
 
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