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Trade Dollars were legal tender in the United States until silver prices plummeted in 1878 and that status was revoked.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.
Brilliant white surfaces with a subtle dusting of gold. A strong contrast exists between deep mirrored fields and frosty devices. 'Cameo' can be considered a conservative designation as this coin nearly qualifies for "Ultra Cameo"! Only 700 pieces were minted and very elusive at this grade level with only 2 'Cameo' pieces graded finer at NGC.
CAC. Very attractive with rich silver luster and a sharp strike plus pleasing surfaces that are minimally abraded.
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!
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.
A gorgeous cream white example of this scarce date with frosted design features that create a dramatic 'cameo'. A proof-only issue with a mintage of just 1,541.
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!
A fantastic example of this scarce proof-only date. Just 1,987 minted. The luster is blast white with heavily frosted design features and watery deep mirrored fields. This creates a stunning 'black & white' cameo appearance. The coin is problem-free with no noteworthy marks and super eye appeal!
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!
Strong mirrors and frosty devices provide excellent eye appeal. The surfaces show no marks of significance and are remarkably clean for the grade. A proof-only date that is sure to please.
A beautiful dramatically 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!
A beautifully toned and virtually flawless example of this scarce proof-only Trade Dollar. Vibrant lavender and blue surrounds a bright core on the obverse while a frosted white eagle is set against flashy champagne-gold on the reverse. The strike is needle-sharp and the fields are deeply mirrored. Frost on the design elements and contrast between the field and devices suggest a Cameo designation was barely missed. Just 979 minted and none have graded finer at PCGS.