Trade Dollars

We just acquired five 1873 Patterns and three 1876 Proofs from the William Cowburn Collection!

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.
1873 J-1276 PCGS PR-61
Silver, reeded edge. R5 in the Pattern book. From the William Cowburn Collection.
New
Price: $3,400
1873 J-1281 NGC PF-62
Pedigreed to Lemus Collection (listed on the holder). Silver, reeded edge. R4 in the Pattern book. From the William Cowburn Collection.
New
Price: $4,650
1873 J-1293 NGC PF-64 CAMEO
With attractive toning on both sides. Silver, reeded edge. R4 in the Pattern book. From the William Cowburn Collection.
New
Price: $7,750
1873 J-1310 NGC PF-61
Silver, reeded edge. R4 in the Pattern book. From the William Cowburn Collection.
New
Price: $4,450
1873 J-1315 NGC PF-63 CAMEO
Silver, reeded edge. R4 in the Pattern book. From the William Cowburn Collection.
New
Price: $5,500
1873-CC PCGS Gen., XF details
Price: $675
1873-S PCGS Gen., XF details, alt. surfaces
Price: $275
1874 NCS Unc. details, clnd.
From the William Cowburn Collection.
Price: $675
1874-CC NGC AU det., clnd.
Bright silver coin with decent lustre, a few pinscrs. but not many. Sm. die cracks on obv. Date is right, CC 1.17 mm high, .6 mm apart, die line in S in GRAINS. From the William Cowburn Collection.
Price: $1,250
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.
Price: $550
1874-S PCGS Gen., AU details, clnd. Ex Jules Reiver (tag incl.)
Bright silver coin, w/ ticks and pinscrs. S .9 mm high. From the William Cowburn Collection. Was $400.
Price Reduced
Price: $350
1875-CC Ty. 1/1 PCGS Gen., ques. color, AU det.
Light silver coin with orange highlights peeking through, esp. on rev. Has some toned-over pinscrs. CC 1.2 mm high, .8 mm apart, '1' .6 mm from rock. From the William Cowburn Collection.
Price: $975
1875-CC Type 1/1 PCGS Gen., clnd., AU details
From the William Cowburn Collection.
Price: $550
1875-CC ICG AU-50 details, clnd.
From the William Cowburn Collection.
Price: $500
1875-CC Very tall CC, Ty. 1/2, scarce variety. PCGS Gen., EF details, clnd.
Light-to-medium silver coin, ticks and pinscrs. consistent with grade. CC 1.2 mm high, .5 mm apart, Br. 5797 T2 rev, tall CC, scarce. From the William Cowburn Collection.
Price: $650
1875-S Type 1/1 ANACS AU-55 details, cleaned
From the William Cowburn Collection.
Price: $250
1875-S Type 1/1 EF-40, scratched
S is 1.2 mm high. Die line from claw to stem. From the William Cowburn Collection.
Price: $140
1876 PCGS PR-62
From the William Cowburn Collection.
On Hold
Price: $2,650
1876 ANACS PR-63
From the William Cowburn Collection.
On Hold
Price: $2,350
1876 ANACS PR-61
From the William Cowburn Collection.
On Hold
Price: $1,850
1876 NGC Unc. details, clnd. Ty 1/1
Bright silver coin, decent lustre, some pinscrs. All E's in USA incomplete, as well as F in OF. From the William Cowburn Collection.
Price: $600
1876-CC Type 1/1 VF-30, very wide CC
Very wide CC are 1.2 mm apart. From the William Cowburn Collection.
Price: $495
1876-S Type 2/2 FS-301 Repunched date ICG MS-60, clnd.
From the William Cowburn Collection.
Price: $675
1876-S Type 1/2 AU, cleaned
R1 is at center of G. 7 is left of T. S .8 mm high and is slightly left of center of S in GRAINS. From the William Cowburn Collection.
Price: $200
1876-S Type 2/2 AU, lightly cleaned
"S" is 0.8 mm tall. From the William Cowburn Collection.
Price: $250
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.
Price: $500
1877 ANACS AU-53 details, clnd.
From the William Cowburn Collection.
Price: $250
1877 ANACS VF-35
From the William Cowburn Collection.
Price: $225
1877-CC DGS VF-20, clnd.
From the William Cowburn Collection.
Price: $300
1877-S PCGS AU details, envir. dmg. Formerly a PCGS AU-53 (tag incl.)
Light silver coin with some dirt on rev. , very few marks. S .9 mm high. From the William Cowburn Collection. Was $350.
Price Reduced
Price: $275
1877-S ICG AU-58 det., clnd. FS-802, Doubled Die Reverse
The 420 GRAINS and TRADE are doubled. From the William Cowburn Collection.
Price: $450
1877-S ICG AU-58
Bowers states that the Large S, with blunt tail to R of DOLLAR, is rare. From the William Cowburn Collection.
Price: $675
1877-S ANACS AU-55 details, clnd., scratches
From the William Cowburn Collection.
Price: $170
1877-S DGS AU-55
Cleaned, light scratches on reverse. From the William Cowburn Collection.
Price: $200
1877-S ICG AU-50
From the William Cowburn Collection.
Price: $225
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 $475.
Price Reduced
Price: $400
1877-S DDR @ EPU, PCGS Gen., polished, AU details
FS-801 with clear doubling on E PLURIBUS UNUM.
Price: $600
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.
Price: $600
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 $395.
Price Reduced
Price: $325