1873-CC LIBERTY SEATED S$1, SEATED, MOTTO AU58
SATIN WHITE. ONLY 2,300 STRUCK. JUST 4 HIGHER AT NGC.
NGC Graded Higher:
In 1873, General Edward Canby became the only general to be killed during the Indian Wars when he was assassinated by the Chief of the Modoc, Captain Jack, during peace talks. Warned of the dangers in attending the peace talks, the General replied that he would not be a very good General if he was afraid to go but willing to send an emissary. This 1873 silver dollar recalls the death of the brave General.
The addition of the motto IN GOD WE TRUST in 1866 marks the start of the second major type in the Seated Dollar series. The Motto variant would be produced through 1873, when the infamous Crime of '73 (Mint Act of February 12, 1873) abolished the standard Silver Dollar, replaced it with the Trade Dollar and effectively placed the United States on the gold standard.
The later years of the Seated Dollar series are filled with scarce and rare issues. The P-mint deliveries from 1866 through 1869 are seldom encountered in any grade since most business strikes were exported and melted overseas. The four Carson City Mint deliveries from 1870-1873 - the first CC-mint Silver Dollars in U.S. coinage history - are also scarce-to-rare, the final-year 1873-CC exceedingly so. Finally, the 1872-S is elusive in all grades and the 1870-S is a major numismatic rarity with only nine or 10 examples reported from an unknown original mintage.