1885 "Morgan" Trade Dollar
The real 1885 trade dollar was designed by William Barber and because only
5 proofs are made this coin is very rare and expensive to buy if for
The counterfeit coin shown on this page was made by a Chinese who did not
know much about coins as the obverse side on the authentic silver trade
dollar coin has a liberty seated on it. Morgan dollars were made from
the year 1878 till the year 1921. For this reason this coin is easy to
recognize as a forgery, even if your not a coin expert.
In January 2006 an authentic 1885 Trade Dollar which was previously
in the collection of legendary "King of Coins" banker, Louis E.
Eliasberg Sr. was sold for $3.3 Million at an auction in Dallas, TX,
Some 1885 Trade Dollar coin facts.
- Mintage: Circulation strikes: 0 / Proofs: 5.
- 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 1885 trade dollar and a counterfeit
morgan trade dollar, both showing the year 1885.