The name Trade dollar came with the Feb. 12, 1873, act authorizing the coins.
"an expensive mistake -- its motivation mere greed, its design a triumph of dullness, its domestic circulation and legal tender status a disastrous provision of law leading only to ghastly abuses." -- Walter Breen's Complete Encyclopedia of U.S. and Colonial Coins
Composition: 900 Silver, .100 Copper
Diameter: 38.1 mm
Weight: 27.22 grams
Head: Seated Liberty
Designer: William Barber
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