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1873-1878 U.S. Trade Dollar

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90% Fine Silver

Grade:  Genuine  

Highlight your collection with a sought-after 1873-1878 U.S. Trade silver dollar. Briefly struck for commerce with China, Trade dollars contained 420 grains of 90% fine silver (versus 412 1/2 grains in other U.S. silver dollars). This was done to exceed and compete with the bullion content of Mexico 8 Reales, then dominant in Oriental trade. The obverse depicts Liberty at America’s shore, extending an olive branch to welcome international commerce, while the reverse features a heraldic eagle above the inscription 420 grains 900 fine.

Containing more silver than any other circulating U.S. coins, most Trade dollars went overseas, and never came back. Many of these silver dollars were “chop marked” with Oriental symbols to certify their weight and silver content. Now a very limited quantity of highly desirable Trade dollars without chop marks is available in affordable Genuine condition. We rarely have enough to feature these in our catalogs, so reserve yours while supplies last!

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