OT - Another Major Silver Dollar Rarity

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OT - Another Major Silver Dollar Rarity

Post by alefzero » Fri Dec 03, 2021 9:50 pm

In a graded PCGS VF35 holder.

AFAIK, there are only 9 graded 1878-CC chopmarked Trade dollars, and a couple more apparently out there. The date itself has only 4 die pairs. They are in my upcoming variety book and are most easily discriminated based on the mint mark positions. Of the nine certified, I have seen 7. The most common (not that any are common at all) is my catalogued C-3 - all four of them. Twice as rare are the two C-4. No C-2 is known. Mine is the lone C-1.

PCGS MS62 – unknown variety
PCGS AU58 – C-3
PCGS AU55 – C-3
PCGS XF45 – C-3
PCGS XF40 – C-4
PCGS XF40 – unknown variety
NGC XF40 Details – C-4
PCGS VF35 – C-1 *** this one ***
PCGS VF35 – C-3
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Re: OT - Another Major Silver Dollar Rarity

Post by alefzero » Fri Dec 03, 2021 10:25 pm

Here are the four reverse dies' mint marks, C-1 through C-4, in order.
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Re: OT - Another Major Silver Dollar Rarity

Post by DHalladay » Fri Dec 03, 2021 10:31 pm

C-1 and C2 look an awful lot alike, and C-4 is just funny!
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Re: OT - Another Major Silver Dollar Rarity

Post by alefzero » Fri Dec 03, 2021 11:47 pm

DHalladay wrote:
Fri Dec 03, 2021 10:31 pm
C-1 and C2 look an awful lot alike, and C-4 is just funny!
They are VERY close upon initial inspection. The tilts of the Cs and other die markers differentiate them. The easy discriminator is where the first C is relative to the lower serif of the S in GRAINS.

C-1: Large CC set slightly right, slanted up, first C tilted left, worm die scratches in leaves to the right of the tailfeathers
C-2: Large CC set right with first C set lower, weak right bar of 4/420
C-3: Large CC set slightly left and slightly high
C-4: Large CC set far right, tilted slightly left, nearly missing right bar of 4/420

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Re: OT - Another Major Silver Dollar Rarity

Post by RogerB » Sat Dec 04, 2021 2:51 am

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Nothing remotely "rare" about mutilated Trade dollars - they were intended to be melted in south Asia.

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