Coin Specifications

Category: Trade Dollars (1873-1885)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 4,162,000
Obverse Designer: William Barber
Reverse Designer: William Barber
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 27.2200g
ASW: 0.7876oz
Melt Value: $14.22 (9/17/2019)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
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1878 S T$1 MS obverse 1878 S T$1 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

By 1878, the Trade dollar was on its way out. While the San Francisco Mint struck over 4 million business strike Trade dollars this year, no further circulation issue Trade dollars were struck after 1878. Instead, the Philadelphia Mint struck meager numbers of proof coins until the type was finally scrapped after 1885. Today, the 1878-S Trade dollar is one of the more commonly seen issues.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/17/2019

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1878 S T$1 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 150 175 200 250 350 400 435 530 680 900 1050 1350 1900 2600 11000 25000 62500 270000 - -
$ - - 480 560 740 - - - 2600 3700 14000 30000 - -
1878 S T$1 MS Prooflike
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 2100 2300 - - - - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1257
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
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 1878 S T$1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base29131815810810541501241752512011489652411----1251
-------------1-1------2
----------1--112------5
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Total29131815810810541501241762512011690682411----1258
 0 %1 %1 %1 %13 %9 %8 %3 %4 %10 %14 %2 %10 %9 %7 %5 %2 %1 %---- 
1878 S T$1 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----------131-1------6
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-----------------------
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Total-----------131-1------6
 -----------17 %50 %17 %-17 %------ 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
2/9/2006 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2006 February Long Beach Signature Auction #400, 400/Lot# 1709 $690.00
5/1/2006 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 85: Chi Yin Collection, 90/Lot# 895 $690.00
12/10/2007 PCGS AU 55   Teletrade Auction 2461, 2461/Lot# 1588 $448.00
9/22/2014 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg September 22-25, 2013 September Pre Long Beach, 75/Lot# 1639 $1,207.50
9/28/2014 PCGS XF 45   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/28/2014, 194/Lot# 215781 $1.00
12/7/2014 NGC Details VF Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131450/Lot# 26086 $105.75
7/12/2015 PCGS Genuine AU   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131529/Lot# 25758 $199.75
11/10/2015 PCGS VF 35   Stack's Bowers November 2015 Baltimore, 6110/Lot# 26702 $176.25
6/20/2018 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131826/Lot# 27440 $384.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1878 T$1 MS S Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base9831177130515432388323735853890476952355827617165717283774011413141521556017635199072239025095
1047121913841824267133533686418349245432594163046808743589641232614621162511839220734232910
000000368641834924543259416304680874358964123261462116251183922073400
0000003788447650795629605664377045758710188132391509016943191492156200
1878 T$1 MS S
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base248317456502532667729787114213341580172518171953270531855478732410263117961349215362
27136347151257768874890512061416162817561862220428653949609383041077412361141150
0000007489051206141616281756186222042865394960938304107741236100
00000076810241270149816771786190824543025471467099283112851292700
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Grade: MS 61 PL
Points: 6571
Owner: Anthony Klick
 
Grade: MS 63
Points: 2705
Owner: JTO
 
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