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SERIES: Liberty Seated Dollars 1836-1873
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1873 $1 Seated (Proof)

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PCGS PR66

PCGS PR65

PCGS PR64
PCGS #:
7021
Diameter:
38.10 millimeters
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
26.73 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
600
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$46,000 • PCGS PR66 • 1-8-2002 • Bowers & Merena
Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 525 R-5.9 1 / 8 TIE 30 / 38 TIE
60 or Better 500 R-6.0 1 / 8 29 / 38 TIE
65 or Better 40 R-8.7 1 / 8 TIE 28 / 38 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR66 PCGS grade
1 PR66 PCGS grade  
1 PR66 PCGS grade  
1 PR66 PCGS grade  
5 PR65 PCGS grade
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR66 PCGS grade
1 PR66 PCGS grade  
1 PR66 PCGS grade  
1 PR66 PCGS grade  
5 PR65 PCGS grade
5 PR65 PCGS grade  
5 PR65 PCGS grade  
5 PR65 PCGS grade  
5 PR65 PCGS grade  
5 PR65 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: In 1873, the Mint struck the last of the Seated Liberty Silver Dollars.  Because 1873 was also the first year of the Trade Dollar, collectors had three options for proof coins with a face value of one dollar: Seated Liberty Dollar, Trade Dollar, and/or Gold Dollar.  Normally, the last year of issue of a coin generates interest among collectors, which translates into higher sales, but the population of 1873 Seated Liberty Dollars is no greater than that of any of the previous four years.  Similarly, the first year of issue for the Trade Dollar should have generated excitement, but it did not.  However, the combined sales of both the Seated Liberty and Trade Dollar Proofs was substantially higher than that of the preceding and subsequent years.

The Proof 1873 Seated Liberty Dollar is a relatively common coin in spite of its reported mintage of 600 pieces.  Cameo examples represent approximately a third of the known population and Deep Cameo examples less than a tenth.  Gem examples are very scarce and PR66 examples are very rare.  At PCGS, the finest example is a single PR66DCAM.