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1885 Trade Dollar



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
Edge: Reeded
Head: Seated Liberty
Reverse: Eagle
Designer: William Barber


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