1876 Silver Trade Dollar


The trade dollar from 1876 is a silver coin that is easier to collect then the rare silver dollar coins as there are still plenty of these coins for sale at various online markets. The proofs are sold for reasonable prices up to $3000 at coin auctions.


Some 1876 Trade Dollar coin facts.

  • Mintage: Circulation strikes: 455.000 / Proofs:1150.
  • Designer: William Barber.
  • Diameter: 38.1 mm.
  • Composition: Silver (90%) and Copper (10%).
  • Weight: 27.2 grams.
  • Edge: Reeded.
  • Mintmark: Above the D from Dollar.  (None for Philadelphia)

Here below are the images from a 1876 trade dollar and a 1876 trade dollar counterfeit coin from Chinese origin. The coin forgery details are not so bad and for the quick eye only a slick surface can be noticed.


1876 Silver Trade Dollar Coin Counterfeit 1876 Trade Dollar Coin
Obverse Side Obverse Side
1876 trade dollar 1876 trade dollar counterfeit
When comparing both 1876 trade dollars the following differences are to be noticed on the counterfeit coin and not on the authentic coin.
  • The numbers are not exactly the same. (but very hard to notice).
  • The stars are not sharp or detailed and too flat.
  • In general softer details than most authentic 1876 trade dollars.

1876 Silver Trade Dollar Coin

Counterfeit 1876 Trade Dollar

Reverse Side

Reverse Side


1876 trade dollar reverse

counterfeit 1876 trade dollar reverse

The reverse side of the counterfeit 1876 trade dollar has also a very slick surface what can be found on most Chinese made forgeries like this.


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