Trade Dollars

We just acquired a consignment of 16 trade dollars, but we are still working with the consignor on pricing, so they are not available yet.  We did recently acquire a very rare 1876 Type 2/2 Trade dollar in PCGS VF-30.

The William Cowburn Collection of Trade Dollars

Bill Cowburn was a good friend, a consummate collector, and an expert on Trade Dollars.  He wrote numismatic articles published in The Numismatist, The Gobrecht Journal, and The Centinel. He won the Wagner Award as Outstanding Numismatist in Central Pennsylvania, an ANA Heath Literary Award, and many other awards.  He exhibited and judged exhibits, and also spoke at ANA Conventions, regional conventions and local coin clubs. 

I feel honored that Bill selected me to handle his collection of Trade Dollars.  Bill had a passion for Trade Dollars, studied his coins carefully, wrote extensive notes on die marriages, and loved to share his knowledge with others.  He recognized the importance of provenance to collectors, and he requested that his Trade Dollars be sold with his provenance.  We have respected his request and have packaged these coins with stickers noting The William Cowburn Collection.

We thank Joe Kirchgessner, who is writing a book on Trade Dollars, for his assistance in attribution and valuation of Bill’s Trade Dollars.  We have now received all coins back from grading, and therefore we are offering only graded Trade Dollars for sale.  Photos were difficult to take because of the toning, lustre, and/or proof-like surfaces on the coins; specifically, hairlines show up much more on the photos than on the actual coins.  We’ve done the best we can on the photos and we’ve added to the description our opinion on surfaces, lustre, etc. observed on the coins in hand.
1874-S PCGS Gen., AU details, clnd.
Silver coin but not bright. No period @ FINE, top of 7 under T, S .9 mm high. From the William Cowburn Collection. Was $550.
Price Reduced
Price: $500
1876 Type 2/2 PCGS VF-30
A very rare variety.
Price: $3,750
1876-S Ty 2/2, Repunched 6, micro s, PCGS Gen,. XF details, clnd.
Medium-grey silver color, some pinscrs. Repunched 6, micro S, a better variety and in the Cherrypickers Guide. From the William Cowburn Collection. Was $500.
Price Reduced
Price: $400
1877 ANACS AU-53 details, clnd.
From the William Cowburn Collection.
Price: $250
1877-S DDR @ 420, PCGS Gen., AU details, clnd.
Coin has some hairlines, but it also has quite a bit of lustre remaining. S 1.2 mm, 7 in line w/ T, 18 do not touch. A less strong doubled die than the FS-802. From the William Cowburn Collection. Was $400.
Price Reduced
Price: $360
1877-S DDR @ EPU, PCGS Gen., polished, AU details
FS-801 with clear doubling on E PLURIBUS UNUM. Was $600.
Price Reduced
Price: $525
1878-S DDR PCGS Gen., clnd., AU details, 1st one
Doubled Die Reverse @ 420 GRAINS & TRADE. Bright silver coin with nice lustre, pinscrs. From the William Cowburn Collection. Was $600.
Price Reduced
Price: $525
1878-S PCGS Gen., AU details, clnd.
Bright silver coin with quite a bit of lustre. S 1.2 mm high, 7 is left of T, '1' is 1 mm from base. ANACS had called this coin AU-58. From the William Cowburn Collection. Was $325.
Price Reduced
Price: $295