1882 Proof Trade Dollar

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The 1882 proof trade dollar from the Legend Collection of Proof Trade Dollars.  This coin is graded PCGS PF66 and has a population of nineteen withonly five higher.

 

Mintage

1,097 Proofs

 

Coinage Context

Only Proofs minted: For the fifth year in a row, the only trade dollars minted at Philadelphia were Proofs. The mintage figure of 1,097 Proofs was nearly equal to the number (1,100) of silver Proof sets made of other denominations from the dime to the Morgan dollar.

Earlier-dated trade dollars continued to flow into the United States from foreign countries, particularly Europe.

 

 

Numismatic Information

Proof data: By year’s end 1,097 Proofs had been struck, the third highest Proof mintage in the series, and one of just three Proof production quantities to break the 1,000 mark. Demand for them seems to have been heaviest earlier in the year, as the monthly production figures indicate: January, none, February 393, March 277, April 49, May 70, June 23, July 30, August 10, September 20, October 20, November 40, and December 165. There is the possibility that some may have been melted, possibly part of the December mintage.

 

Availability of Proofs today: Examples are readily available and are very popular due to the overall low mintage figure. Many are flatly struck. Walter H. Breen suggests that this may have been due to a deteriorating hub used to produce the die.

 

 

Varieties:

OBVERSE TYPE II, RIBBON ENDS POINT DOWN, 1876-1885

REVERSE TYPE II: NO BERRY BELOW CLAW, 1875-1885

 

Proofs:

1. Normal issue: Breen-5828. Often seen with flat head and stars, as in 1881. Reverse die also used in 1881, with incomplete leg feathers.

 

1a. Some specimens seen by the author have pronounced die doubling at the bases of some of the letters in the inscription 420 GRAINS, 900 FINE, particularly evident at FI and E of FINE. This die was also used in 1883.

 

1b. Another 1882 reverse as the right crossbar extension of the 4 in 420 on the reverse so faint as to be almost non-existent, second L in DOLLAR is normal (not the reverse die used in 1880 with defective second L).

 

 

1882 TRADE DOLLAR: MARKET VALUES

 

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Year

Imp. P.

Proof

1882

---

$1.25

1885

---

1.50

1890

$1.10

1.25

1895

1.10

1.25

1900

1.10

1.25

1905

1.10

1.25

1910

1.25

1.50

1915

1.25

1.50

1920

1.40

1.75

1925

1.75

2.00

1930

2.00

2.25

1935

2.50

3.00

1940

3.00

5.00

1945

5.50

11.00

1950

7.00

15.00

1955

15.00

30.00

1960

30.00

65.00

1965

120.00

250.00

1970

175.00

375.00

1975

475.00

1275.00

1980

850.00

2600.00

1985

1300.00

3300.00

 

 

Year

Imp. P.

P-60

P-63

P-64

P-65

1986

$1000

$1265

$2400

$5100

$9200

1987

975

1125

2600

3600

9400

1988

985

1125

3000

5300

10100

1989

1050

1400

3200

6250

14250

1990

975

1350

2500

5250

9850

1991

950

1300

1725

2900

7450

1992

950

1300

2000

3250

6750

1993

         

1994

         

1995

         

 

 

 

SUMMARY OF CHARACTERISTICS

1882

PROOFS:

Enabling legislation: Act of February 12, 1873

 

Business strike mintage: None

 

Designer: William Barber

 

Weight: 420 grains

 

Composition: .900 silver, .100 copper

 

Melt-down (silver value) in year minted: $0.8938

 

Dies prepared: Obverse: Unknown; Reverse: 3 or more (one of which was leftover from 1881)

 

Proof mintage: 1,097; Delivery figures by month: January: none; February: 393; March: 277; April: 49; May: 70; June: 23; July: 30; August: 10; September: 20; October: 20; November: 40; December: 165.

 

Characteristics of striking: Often lightly struck with flat head and stars.

 

Approximate population Proof-65 or better: 144+/- (URS-9)

 

Approximate population Proof-64: 262+/- (URS-10)

 

Approximate population Proof-63: 240+/- (URS-9)

 

Approximate population Proof-60 to 62: 190+/- (URS-9)

 

 

COMMENTARY: This was a Proof-only issue made for collectors. No business strikes were produced.