Category Archives: U.S. Trade Dollar

Proof Trade Dollars: Why Were They Made After Circulation Strikes Ended?

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… The Trade Dollars of 1873-1885 represent one of the more curious areas of American numismatics. Authorized by the Coinage Act of 1873, the Trade Dollar was struck for the purpose of facilitating export transactions with China and was expressly created to compete against the silver Mexican Peso, a large, […]

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A Brief History of the U.S. Trade Dollar

By Blanchard & Company ……   In the late 1860s and early ’70s, trade between the United States and China was increasing. However, a threat to this trading emerged from the unlikeliest of places: the Mexican peso. Many Chinese businesses preferred the peso to U.S. currency because the peso contained more silver than the standard […]

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Heritage 2019 FUN US Coins Signature Auction: Lots You Need to Know

By CoinWeek….. Beginning on Wednesday, January 9, Heritage Auctions will conduct their first U.S. Coins Signature Auction of the 2019 calendar year. Heritage’s FUN sale is a bellwether event for the rare coin hobby and all eyes will be focused on not only the price performance of the lots in this sale but also whether […]

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Counterfeit Gold Coin Detection – 1907-S $10 Gold Eagle with Arabic Punch

Counterfeit 1907-S Gold $10 Eagle By Max Spiegel –  Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ….. NGC recently received a counterfeit gold coin submission of a 1907-S Eagle that had an Arabic punch. Most collectors associate chopmarks with the short-lived Trade Dollar series, which circulated extensively throughout Southeast Asia. Many merchants chopmarked the coins to show that the […]

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Eight amazing pieces of silver

By Mark Benvenuto
Throughout the entire collector community, it’s fair to say we all like hefty silver coins. It appears to be part of virtually every collector’s passion, and that desire can burn pretty brightly in many of us. Whether it is classic silver dollars or the big silver of foreign countries, these coins are those that are usually in the spotlight and always in collectors’ hearts

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Coin Profile – United States 1873 Trade Dollar Silver Coin

Description: Throughout history, certain coins, often silver ones like the trade dollar, have circulated around large geographical regions far from their place of origin. The Maria Theresa thaler, the Spanish dollar, the Athenian owl – all were accepted as legal tender far and wide because of their precious metal content and reliability. During the Age […]

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Legend Rare Coin Auctions’ Regency XXI Sale: Lots You Need to Know

By CoinWeek ….. Handpicked high-eye-appeal U.S. coins are the hallmark of Legend Rare Coin Auctions (LRCA) and on Thursday, May, 18, 2017 at Harrah’s in New Orleans, the New Jersey-based firm will offer 521 PCGS- and NGC-certified coins at their Regency XXI Sale. Many are either conditionally rare or rare in an absolute sense, and […]

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United States 1873 Trade Dollar Silver Coin

Description: Throughout history, certain coins–often silver ones–have circulated around large geographical regions far from their place of origin. The Maria Theresa thaler, the Spanish dollar, the Athenian owl – all were accepted as legal tender far and wide because of their precious metal content and reliability. During the Age of Exploration and subsequent Age of […]

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Heritage Auctions – Seldom Seen Selections: Premium Gem 1878-S Trade Dollar

The 1878-S Trade dollar is known as a common date, even in Mint State grades, but this is a relative term as far as the series is concerned, since most business strikes were still being exported to China. Thus, there are hundreds of Uncirculated survivors, but that is from an original mintage exceeding 4.1 million […]

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