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    1873 Trade Dollar in White Metal
    Two Known, Judd-1304, PR64 Cameo
    Ex: 'Mr. 1873' Harry X Boosel

    1873 T$1 Trade Dollar, Judd-1304, Pollock-1446, R.8, PR64 Cameo PCGS. CAC. Ex: Simpson. Liberty is seated on a globe with long plow handles behind her, bales of cotton before her, gazing out into the sea (a tiny bit of water at extreme left). She holds a Liberty pole with Phrygian cap, very nearly vertical. The reverse shows a spread-winged eagle too small for its space, holding arrows and a leafy branch, ribbons above and below reading E PLURIBUS UNUM and IN GOD WE TRUST, respectively. 420 GRAINS and 900 FINE appear in small letters below the eagle. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and TRADE DOLLAR run around the periphery. Struck in white metal with a plain edge.

    Only two examples are traced of this rather jumbled William Barber design. As the provenance below shows, the present coin has been in some of America's foremost pattern collections for the last 50 years. Harry X Boosel was intensely committed to the coinage of 1873 (both American and foreign) and was well-known in the numismatic marketplace as "Mr. 1873." He wrote a series of articles on the coinage of that year which were published in Numismatic Scrapbook Magazine in 1957 and 1958, republishing them in pamphlet form in 1960. Most of his "second" 1873 collection, including this coin, was sold in the RARCOA sale below.

    This near-Gem proof shows nicely reflective surfaces that show watery mirrored fields with little toning other than scattered bits of pale gray. A straight horizontal line of gray toning through S OF to the rim at 1 o'clock provides a marker for future identification. The other confirmed example of this type (Roy Harte, Bowers and Ruddy, 3/1981) has apparently not been offered at auction in nearly four decades.
    Ex: Harry X Boosel "1873" Collection / Central States sale (RARCOA, 4/1972), lot 1141; Harry W. Bass, Jr., Collection, Part I (Bowers and Merena, 5/1999), lot 1319; Classics Sale (American Numismatic Rarities, 9/2003), lot 91, as PR64 PCGS, which realized $25,300; Southern Collection. The plate coin in both Pollock and Judd, 10th edition.

    Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 534932)

    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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