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Trade Dollars were legal tender in the United States until silver prices plummeted in 1878 and that status was revoked.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.
Blast white and thickly frosted with dramatic 'black & white' contrast. Only 3 DCAM's have graded numerically finer at PCGS.
Outstanding for the grade with flashy white luster and nice frost on the design. The strike is needle-sharp and there are very few marks for the grade. Super eye appeal!
CAC. Very attractive with rich silver luster and a sharp strike plus pleasing surfaces that are minimally abraded.
Scarce in any grade and the only Trade Dollar variety listed in the Redbook. This is a lustrous silver-gray example with a sharp strike and just a touch of 'rub'.
Very scarce in mint state with PCGS grading just 45 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 and popular over-mintmark.
The only major Trade Dollar variety listed in the Redbook and recognized by PCGS. It is also the rarest of all Trade Dollars in mint state. This is a very attractive example with satiny white luster, a sharp strike, and exceptionally clean surfaces for the grade.
Blast white and a sharp strike with exceptionally clean surfaces.
A nice problem-free proof that somehow found its way into circulation for a very brief time. Just 1,150 minted.
CAC. Gorgeous cameo contrast with a frosted white center framed by gold and a touch of blue at the perimeter. The fields are ultra deep and the eye appeal is fantastic!
Sharply struck and lustrous with mostly white surfaces that display a touch of gold.
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.
The 'key' business strike issue in the series with a mintage of just 97,000 coins. This example is well detailed with nice problem-free surfaces.
CAC. A proof-only date with a mintage of just 1,541. This example briefly escaped into circulation, yet is still attractive and problem-free.
Proof. Unc. Details - Cleaning.
CAC. An attractive problem-free proof that must have seen brief circulation.
CAC. Flashy white surfaces and a needle-sharp strike with heavy frost on the design. A scarce proof-only year with just 1,987 minted. Outstanding for the grade!
CAC. A nice original example of this scarce proof-only issue. The central design features are a glowing champagne-white with lovely golden, rose and blue toning panning out to the periphery. Great eye appeal for collectors who like color!
Flashy white luster with exceptional cameo contrast and nearly pristine surfaces. A proof-only issue with a mintage of just 1,987 pieces. This one has outstanding eye appeal!
An original, beautifully toned Premium Gem with gorgeous pink, gold, lime-green, and turquoise hues. A scarce proof-only date with a mintage of just 979 coins. Super quality!