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1873 Trade Dollar in White Metal, PR64
1873 T$1 Trade Dollar, Judd-1330, Pollock-1474, Low R.7, PR64
PCGS. Ex: Simpson. The regular dies for the circulating-issue
Trade dollars dated 1873, but here struck in white metal or tin
(Judd-1329 and 1330) with a reeded edge.
Although some of the pieces struck in copper or aluminum were deliberately made as delicacies for sale to collectors, according to USPatterns.com, "those struck in white metal or tin are believed to be true trial pieces." That site quotes and depicts an interesting July 11, 1873, letter to that effect from Philadelphia Mint Superintendent James Pollock to Mint Director Henry Linderman, saying in part that a "specimen of trade dollar in tin" will give a "tolerably correct idea of the silver dollar." USPatterns.com further comments that more than a half-dozen of these are known, that many of the white metal/tin Trade dollars came from Linderman's collection, and that they may have been struck for his personal benefit.
The present near-Gem proof shows a strike that is quite sharp throughout both sides, on the typical grayish-white surfaces one would expect from tin or white metal. Some vertical planchet striations are visible on both sides, with a couple of small darker-toned areas on the highest points. Population: 1 in 64, 0 finer (9/20).
Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 61618)
Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.
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