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    1875-S/CC Trade Dollar--The Discovery Coin

    1875-S/CC MS 60 Cleaned. Hairlined and mostly brilliant with a trace of pale golden color on each side. Sharply struck. But there is so much more to the story of this coin.
    Apparently this is the discovery coin for the S/CC Trade dollar. Breen's reference states it was discovered by C.H. Farrar in 1965, but a letter that accompanies this lot pushes that date back approximately five years. Handwritten on a piece of yellow 8 1/2" x 11" paper, the late Bob Medlar wrote the following on October 26, 1990: "I bought this 1875 S/CC Trade Dollar as Uncirculated for $20 from M H Bolender, an old-time dealer who specialized in silver dollars. Must have been about 1960. Note the polishing, "whizzing" was not unknown even then.
    "A year or so after the purchase I noticed the "CC" beneath the "S" but attached no significance to it. A few months or a year later the Buff 5c 1938-D with D/S and D/D were discovered and received big hoop-la in Coin World. I wrote John Ford at N Netherlands Coin Co. and enclosed this coin. He kept it for over six months and finally, after several requests, returned it. It was published and photographed (easily identified) in Don Taxay's book "Counterfeit, Mis-struck and Spurious (sic) Coins."
    "I was later told John had scoured the country searching for other specimens."
    Discovery coin by Bob Medlar, circa 1960; plate coin for the 1875-S/CC in Counterfeit, Mis-Struck, and Unofficial U.S. Coins by Don Taxay, 1963, page 184; and Hollinbeck-Kagin Auction (8/31/64), lot 1319; accompanied by a hard plastic holder that labels this as the discovery coin.

    Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 7040)

    Weight: 27.22 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper


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

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    Auction Dates
    June, 1999
    3rd-4th Thursday-Friday
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