1873 Liberty Seated Silver Dollar. MS-65 (PCGS).
Suggestions of prooflike reflectivity can be elicited from the satiny fields across this gorgeous Gem. Notions of bronze toning accent the rims in select areas, inviting a touch of color to this otherwise brilliant and snowy complexion. Well-pronounced throughout and lacking in notable blemishes, this piece is surely among the most attractive survivors of this terminal issue. It is tied with just 3 other example in the present grade, and only 4 rank finer at PCGS.
The 1873 is the final Philadelphia Mint issue in the Liberty Seated silver dollar series, with an original mintage of 600 Proofs and 293,000 circulation strikes. The latter delivery is often grouped with those of the 1871 and 1872 issues, the trio being described as the most common circulation strike Liberty Seated dollars of the Motto design type. This is unfortunate, for the 1873 is much scarcer than the 1871 and 1872 in all grades, and it is decidedly rare in Mint State. Undoubtedly, many examples were destroyed in the Mint after July 10, 1873 in deference to the fact that the Act of February 12, 1873 abolished the standard silver dollar, among numerous other provisions. A particularly fortunate survivor to have come down through the decades with solid Gem quality, this coin is sure to elicit strong bids from a host of advanced collectors.
PCGS# 6971. NGC ID: 24ZM.
PCGS Population: 4; 4 finer through MS-66+