Trade Dollars

(1873-1885)

Federal officials faced a dilemma in the years after the Civil War. The Comstock Lode and other Western mines were producing large quantities of silver, but the government could use only limited amounts of it in coinage. This seems puzzling in retrospect, for silver coins were few and far between in circulation (a lingering legacy of wartime hoarding), and Americans presumably would have welcomed major infusions of silver coins. But Mint officials feared that new silver coins would be subject to hoarding as well, since the marketplace was awash with paper money, including fractional currency born of wartime need. People would have been only too happy to exchange these notes, which brought less than full face value, for precious-metal coinage.

For a time, the miners found outlets for their silver, often in coinage form, in foreign markets. Canada, Latin America and Eu.... (Expand Text)

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1873 TRADE T$1, TRADE MS65

FIRST YEAR OF ISSUE. JUST 6 GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$11,500.00

1873 TRADE T$1, TRADE MS65

FIRST YEAR OF ISSUE. JUST 6 GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$11,500.00

1873 TRADE T$1, TRADE MS66

GEM ROSE AQUA SURFACES. TIED FOR HIGHEST GRADED AT NGC.
$22,500.00

1873-S TRADE T$1 MS64+

NEAR GEM. VERY SCARCE TRADE $1. ONLY 3 GRADED HIGHER AT NGC.
$7,950.00

1875-S TRADE T$1 MS65

GEM IRIDESCENT TONING.
$10,500.00

1875-S TRADE T$1 MS65+

VIRTUALLY WHITE WITH SATIN LUSTER.
$12,500.00

1875-S/CC TRADE T$1, OVERMINTMARK MS64

WELL STRUCK AND LUSTEROUS. VERY CLEAR S/CC. ONLY 1 GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$27,950.00

1876-CC TRADE T$1 MS62

DOUBLE DIE REVERSE. TYPE 1 REVERSE. TIED FOR HIGHEST GRADED AT NGC. CAC.
$16,500.00

1877 TRADE T$1 PR66

A SUPERB GEM PROOF. ONLY 510 STRUCK. LOVELY IRIDESCENT TONE.
$13,500.00

1877-CC TRADE T$1 MS64

VERY SCARCE CARSON CITY DATE. ONLY 1 GRADED HIGHER AT NGC.
$21,000.00

1877-S TRADE T$1 MS65

GEM MINT STATE. CAC.
$12,950.00

1877-S TRADE T$1 MS65

LOVELY AMBER TONING. JUST 6 GRADED HIGHER AT NGC.
$7,500.00

1877-S TRADE T$1 MS65

GEM WHITE WITH SHIMMERING LUSTER.
$9,950.00

1879 TRADE T$1 PR67 Cameo

GEM WHITE CAMEO.
$27,500.00

1879 TRADE T$1, TRADE PR65

ONLY 1,541 STRUCK.
$7,250.00

1883 TRADE T$1 PR69

GEM PROOF. HIGHEST GRADED. POSSIBLE FINEST TRADE DOLLAR KNOWN.
$165,000.00