One Dollar Coin Pattern, United States, 1873

United States Mint, Philadelphia. Obverse: Bellicose head of Liberty with braided and coiled hair facing left; stars around, date below. Reverse: Eagle with shield, TRADE DOLLAR below.
Congress decided to create a trade dollar to promote the use of silver mined in the United States for commerce in Asia. This was an unsuccessful contestant for design consideration for a trade dollar. William Barber designed the reverse. J. A. Bailly was responsible for the obverse. Specialists assign this coin with a Rarity-4 status which means that between 76 and 200 are estimated to exist.
[reference no. Judd 1281]
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Date made
U.S. Mint. Philadelphia
Physical Description
silver (overall metal)
0 (overall die axis)
0 (overall die axis measurement)
struck (overall production method)
overall: 38 mm; 1 1/2 in
place of issue
United States
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Coins, Currency and Medals
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Armed Forces History: National Numismatic Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Government Transfer: US DOTT, USM
Publication title
Glossary of Coins and Currency Terms
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