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Trade Dollars were legal tender in the United States until silver prices plummeted in 1878 and that status was revoked.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.
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.
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!
Blast white and a sharp strike. Seems very conservatively graded!
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. 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!
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.