Trade Dollars were struck from 1873 to 1885 and coins were minted in Philadelphia, Carson City, and San Francisco. They were slightly heavier than Seated Liberty and Morgan Dollars as they were issued to circulate in Asia and compete with similar size dollar coins from other countries. Many were counter stamped with Oriental characters that are referred to as “chop marks”.
Trade Dollars were legal tender in the United States until silver prices plummeted in 1878 and that status was revoked. Only proofs were made from 1879 until the end of the series in 1885.
This series is very popular with collectors and a few rarities exist. 1884 and 1885 saw mintages of 5 and 10 respectively and sell for large sums of money on the rare occasions that they are offered. The 1878-CC is the ‘key’ business strike with a mintage of 97,000.
Popular first-year proof Trade Dollar with a mintage of just 865. This example is housed in an older holder and is very nice for the grade. The surfaces are vibrant and brilliant with only minor hairlines.
Quite scarce as nearly the entire 125,000 coin mintage was exported to China. This example has bold detail and pleasing steel-gray surfaces.
CAC. Sharply struck with nearly mark-free surfaces and lush champagne-white luster.
Well struck with attractive original surfaces that are silver-white with a light champagne tint.
Nearly 1.4 million minted but nearly all were exported for use in Asia. Many of the survivors are chop-marked. This is an exceptionally nice example that is housed in an early green label holder and conservatively graded by PCGS. It is sharply struck with beautiful surfaces that exhibit flashy white luster. There are no 'chop-marks'.
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Popular with collectors as the most available and most affordable Carson City Trade Dollar. This is a strong example for the grade with vibrant white luster, minimal marks, and a very sharp strike.
CAC. Very attractive with rich silver luster and a sharp strike plus pleasing surfaces that are minimally abraded.
A very sharp strike and rich white luster which produces a super strong "cartwheel". A great coin for a date or type set!
Very scarce in mint state with PCGS grading 43 coins as such. Plus the real population is significantly lower as many of these probably went to PCGS multiple times in hopes of upgrades. This example is very attractive and premium quality for the grade. The surfaces show crisp white luster and no significant marks with a super sharp strike. A lovely example of this scarce over-mintmark that is sure to please!
A better date that is very scarce in mint state. This is a bright champagne-white example with vibrant luster and a sharp strike. The surfaces are very attractive with minimal marks and none that detract from strong eye appeal!
Flashy white luster with just a trace of toning. The strike is very sharp and the surfaces are exceptionally clean for the grade.
Crisp white luster and a sharp strike with fewer marks than is typical for the grade.
Crisp white luster and a sharp strike with minimal marks and nice frost on the design. Housed in an old holder.
Booming luster with attractive lavender, turquoise and gold toning. The strike is very sharp and the surfaces show minimal marks. In an older holder with excellent eye appeal.
This beautiful Trade Dollar exhibits blazing mint luster, smooth surfaces and a hint of peripheral gold toning. Extremely well struck and outstanding for the grade.
Original warm gray surfaces with sharp detail. Quite nice.
A faint gold dusting extends across mostly white surfaces. The devices are heavily frosted and contrast nicely against deeply mirrored fields. A proof-only date with just 900 pieces produced.
CAC. A beautiful iridescently toned Gem with shades of lavender, gold, turquoise and dove-gray. A wonderful example of this proof-only date which saw a mintage of just 900.
Crisp white luster and a sharp strike with very few marks for the grade. Housed in an old green label holder.