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    1873 Trade Dollar in Silver
    Judd-1316, PR66

    Bailly Design, Deeply Toned Example

    1873 T$1 Trade Dollar, Judd-1316, Pollock-1459, High R.7, PR66 PCGS. CAC. Ex: Simpson. The obverse shows Liberty next to a globe, with a wheat sheaf behind her, 13 stars around, and the date below. Her right hand holds a pole with Liberty cap topping it. Before her are two bales of cotton and a cotton plant. The reverse shows a small, defiant eagle perched on a rock, with a scroll and motto below; TRADE DOLLAR and UNITED STATES OF AMERICA are around the periphery, along with two stars. E PLURIBUS UNUM is set into the field above the eagle's head; 420 GRAINS and 900 FINE. are below the scroll, and above, TRADE DOLLAR. Modified from a design of Joseph Alexis Bailly by William Barber, and struck in silver with a plain edge.

    About a half-dozen examples of this design are known. The Judd reference, 10th edition, comments about the obverse that "the design is such that to the viewer the figure of Liberty is overwhelmed by the items which are near her." The Mint sold this design in six-piece sets struck in silver with both plain and reeded edges, copper, and aluminum.

    The Trade dollars struck in silver, especially those struck in silver, are a powerful lure to pattern collectors as well as collectors of the regular Trade dollar series. This is a lovely, deeply toned example with orange and reddish patina accented with blue near the rims. This is the sole example certified at PCGS (9/20).
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    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2A8W, PCGS# 61602)

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    November, 2020
    19th-22nd Thursday-Sunday
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