Coin Specifications

Category: Trade Dollars (1873-1885)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,541
Obverse Designer: William Barber
Reverse Designer: William Barber
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 27.2200g
ASW: 0.7876oz
Melt Value: $13.60 (8/17/2019)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
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1879 T$1 PF obverse 1879 T$1 PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

1879 was the first of the proof only issue Trade Dollars. None were exported as the business strikes had been, but they were rather sold to domestic collectors. However, even with the relatively strong mintage (for a proof) of 1,541 pieces, there are simply not enough to go around today. Additionally, many have been mishandled over the years, making this issue hard to find in gem or higher.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/19/2019

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1879 T$1 PF
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Base $ - - - - - 1200 1300 1550 1750 2150 2200 2600 3300 4500 8500 11250 23000 39500 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 5200 9000 - - -
1879 T$1 PF Cameo
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 2400 2900 3700 5300 11000 16000 30000 58000 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 6100 - - - -
1879 T$1 PF Ultra Cameo
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 10000 - 30000 47500 97500 - -
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 535
Low Grade: 50
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 68

The chart showing 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 8/13/2019 1879 T$1 PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------213412285297136413042--412
-------------------1--1
----------------3-----3
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Total-------213412285297136443043--416
 -------0 %0 %1 %1 %3 %7 %13 %23 %33 %11 %7 %1 %1 %-- 
1879 T$1 PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------3921302218161--120
---------------2-345--14
---------------111----3
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Total------------3921332322206--137
 ------------2 %7 %15 %24 %17 %16 %15 %4 %-- 
1879 T$1 PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------------1-1-1--3
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-----------------------
------------------1---1
Total---------------1-111--4
 ---------------25 %-25 %25 %25 %-- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
4/15/2001 PCGS PF 63   Teletrade Auction 1426, 1426/Lot# 1262 $1,782.00
8/18/2004 PCGS PF 64   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2004 August Pittsburgh, PA Signature Sale #352, 352/Lot# 6420 $4,600.00
5/30/2005 PCGS PF 64   Goldberg May 30 - June 16, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 31/Lot# 420 $4,370.00
12/12/2005 NGC PF 66   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2005 December Dallas Signature Auction #398, 398/Lot# 1019 $9,200.00
9/10/2006 NGC PF 67   Cameo Goldberg September 10-13, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 37/Lot# 2844 $15,525.00
11/8/2007 NGC PF 63   Cameo David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 193, 199/Lot# 5162 $2,645.00
2/28/2012 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 8663 $3,450.00
9/7/2014 NGC   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/07/2014, 191/Lot# 218658 $1,100.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1879 T$1 PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base633655680705729756783811838116015311736189621702614345748025354656785411092542914
64066368871373876579282094512831599178919872318289539054986575872259335215880
0000007928209451283159917891987231828953905498657587225933500
000000801829105214071667184220782466317643535170616278831013000
1879 T$1 PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base79682485388291394397510071041141818472082226625783080402855276139721093221185947687
80583386289292395398510181166156119252143237027453396452757316496791410167238010
0000009851018116615611925214323702745339645275731649679141016700
0000009961029129217042003220424742912371250275935685386181101300
1879 T$1 PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base149315381583163016771725173917531808186019112315245128233126367250065551706288041057140604
15081553159816451693172917431771182518772045236025752924330841165187605476429393205820
0000001743177118251877204523602575292433084116518760547642939300
0000001748178918421894218024052699302534904561536965588223998200
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Grade: PF 68
Points: 9393
Owner: Simpson
 
Grade: PF 68 UC
Points: 9322
Owner: SLUGGO
 
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