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    1873 Trade Dollar by Bailly in Copper
    Judd-1283, PR67+ Red and Brown

    1873 T$1 Trade Dollar, Judd-1283, Pollock-1425, R.7, PR67+ Red and Brown PCGS. Ex: Simpson. The obverse, designed by J.A. Bailly, features a left-facing portrait of Liberty, her hair coiled at the back of her head. The date is below with 13 stars around. The reverse shows an eagle with wings spread, holding three arrows and supporting a shield. A ribbon inscribed IN GOD WE TRUST crosses the shield. 420 GRAINS, 900 FINE and TRADE DOLLAR are below the eagle, with UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and E PLURIBUS UNUM above. Struck in copper with a reeded edge.

    Per "This is one of the designs that was sold by the mint in 6 piece sets for $30. The sets were made in silver with both plain and reeded edges, copper and aluminum." About 10 copper strikings are known, all with reeded edges. As for the designer, Joseph Bailly (c. 1825-1883) was a French-born Philadelphia sculptor commissioned by the Mint to produce dies for the Trade dollar and twenty cent piece during the early 1870s. Bailly is best known for his sculpture of George Washington, which stands outside of Independence Hall.

    This gorgeous Superb Gem proof is richly toned in an array of blue, green, violet, and magenta hues, retaining considerable mint red color around the rims and throughout the reverse. Eye appeal is absolutely extraordinary.
    Ex: Pre-Long Beach Elite Coin Auction (Superior Galleries, 5/2003), lot 3503.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2A8D, PCGS# 71568)

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