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Obverse of 1873 Trade Dollar     Reverse of 1873 Trade Dollar


1873 TRADE DOLLAR

PCGS Nos: 7031, 7053, 87031, 87053, 97053

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 396,635
Proofs: 865

Designer: William Barber

Diameter: 38.1 millimeters

Metal Content:
Silver - 90%
Copper - 10%

Weight: 27.2 grams

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: None (for Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) above the D of DOLLAR on the reverse.

Images courtesy of Heritage Numismatic Auctions

Significant examples:

Recent appearances:
PCGS Proof-63.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 563, illustrated, sold for $2,530.00  Quoting Q. David Bowers again, regarding the obverse die of the present coin we note "there is a fairly deep die scratch extending straight from the bottom left segment of the bale, at an angle slightly upward through the folds of Miss Liberty's gown terminating in waves of the sea.  Although this prominent feature has been ignored for many years, it was mentioned by Lyman H. Low in the description of an 1873 Proof trade dollar in the R.T. Rose Collection Sale, September 9-10, 1909.  In that catalogue, Low wrote "a distinguishing feature of this specimen is a well defined line (in the die) through outer skirt of Liberty, extending from the cotton bale to water."

Proof-61.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part III", May 21, 2001, Lot 137, illustrated, sold for $1,265.00

MS-63.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 606, sold for $1,380.00

Choice Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 621, sold for $862.50

NGC MS-62.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 1612, sold for $483.00

PCGS MS-62.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 607, sold for $833.75

PCGS MS-62.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 6327, not illustrated, sold for $1,178.75

MS-60.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 1180, not illustrated, not sold

Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1280, not plated, sold for $747.50

PCGS AU-58.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6200, not illustrated, sold for $345.00

Choice About Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1281, not plated, sold for $138.00

Choice Very Fine.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1282, not plated, sold for $172.50

VF-30.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 880, not illustrated, sold for $121.00

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated examples graded by PCGS is a single MS-67.

The finest Chop Mark examples graded by PCGS is a single EF-45.

The finest Proof examples graded by PCGS are 3 PR-66's.

The finest Proof Cameo examples graded by PCGS are 2 PRCA-64's.

The finest Proof Deep Cameo example graded by PCGS is a single PR-62.

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"The PCGS Population Report, October 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service