Lot Number:19
Start Time:5/30/2024 4:00:00 AM
End Time:6/16/2024 10:09:00 PM
Bid Count:38
Winning Bidder:R****d
Starting Bid:$1.00
Bid Increment:$6.50
Current Bid:$202.00
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The 1878-S Trade Dollar can have a significant range in value depending on its condition. Here's a breakdown of the factors affecting its worth:

  • Condition: This is the primary influence on a 1878-S Trade Dollar's value. A well-preserved coin will be worth much more than a worn one. Grading companies like PCGS or NGC assign grades (MS-60 to MS-70 for uncirculated and grades like VG for Very Good for circulated coins) that reflect a coin's condition.

  • Grade and Value Range:

    • Circulated Grades (VG - AU): According to NGC Coin Explorer [NGC Coin Explorer, Trade Dollar Price Guide], circulated 1878-S Trade Dollars can range from $150 to $1,000.
    • Uncirculated Grades (MS-60+): For pristinely preserved, uncirculated specimens, the value can reach much higher. NGC lists an example reaching $285,000, but exceptional coins can go even higher depending on specific details [NGC Coin Explorer, Trade Dollar Price Guide].

Additional factors:

  • Mintmark: The "S" mintmark indicates this coin was minted in San Francisco.
  • Rarity: While not the rarest Trade Dollar year-mintmark combination, 1878-S coins aren't as common as some others.

Resources for further research:

  • PCGS CoinFacts: While their price guide information may not be publicly available online anymore, you can find historical auction data and other background information on PCGS CoinFacts [PCGS CoinFacts, 1878 Trade Dollar]: [not available online anymore]
  • NGC Coin Explorer: This resource provides valuable information on Trade Dollars, including images and historical price data: [NGC Coin Explorer, Trade Dollar Price Guide]


If you have a 1878-S Trade Dollar and are interested in its exact value, it's recommended to consult a professional coin dealer or numismatic expert. They can examine the coin's condition, grade it (if not already graded), and provide a more accurate appraisal based on the coin's specific characteristics.

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