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So what kind of unique, interesting, or rare finds are we speaking? Well, let’s delve a little deeper.
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Silver Edition: Unique & Rare Coins
Trade Dollars: Unique Ranking = 9 / 10
- Type 1 Reverse was the earlier design used on Trade Dollars. These coins were minted from 1873 – 1874. Some 1875 – 1876 coins as well. However, the Type 2 Reverse was more common during these years. Type 1 design features an EXTRA berry on a branch. Just under the eagle claw on the right side of the portrait. Additionally, the bottom-most arrowhead tip ends just above the “0” in the words/numbers “420 GRAINS”.
- Type 2 Reverse is the newer design used on some Trade dollars in 1875-1876. As well as on all Trade dollars starting in 1877 and on wards. In this design the berry under the eagle claw is missing. Furthermore, the bottom-most arrowhead tip ends just above the “2” in the words/numbers “420 GRAINS”. You can see the difference below:
1800 & 1801 Silver Dollars: Unique Ranking = 8 / 10
1800 Silver Dollar
There were a number of varieties of the 1800 Draped Bust Silver Dollar. The first is simply the “Normal Dies” variety. It features no major errors or special features even. However, it should be noted that this variety has many minor sub-varieties. We didn’t included ALL the different sub-varieties, but wanted to touch base on the more major or “drastic” ones, if you will. Trust you me, we can talk coins all day long.
One major variety is the “Wide Date – Low 8” variety which features numbers spaced further apart in the 1800 date and the number “8” aligned lower relative to the other numbers. An example comparison image depicting the normal date vs wide date low 8 variety is depicted below:
Additional major varieties have been classified based on the number of arrows on the reverse of the coin. The eagle holds quite a few different varieties of arrows. These varieties include:
- 10 Arrows
- 12 Arrows
- 13 Arrows
However, it should be noted that no one variety is more valuable than the other. It would just appear that these 1800 Silver Dollars were just experiments until they perfected the variety.
Die Defects – Creating Variety
The 1800 “Dotted Date” Draped Bust Silver Dollar features a die defect around the date. Notably around, and within, the first “0”. Resulting in globs and dots all around the number. Much like confetti sprinkles on a cake! Thus, this coin variety has been given it’s own classification. Here is an example:
Finally, the last of the Mohicans! The last major variety features a die defect on the reverse of the coin. Resulting in a thick line that to me resembles an oddly placed branch. However, most people/scholars believe it slightly resembles a letter “I”. Look just past the word “AMERICA” on the reverse of the coin. Hence the name of this wildly odd variety became known as “AMERICAI”. Check out the example below, tell us, what do you think it is – A letter or a branch?
Either way, imperfections, or rather – varieties, these Silver Dollar Coins are worth their weight in GOLD and then some! All varieties of this year can fetch the following Greenbacks:
1801 Silver Dollar
It is stated that this particular coin is an “under-appreciated rarity”. –Ron Guth for PCGS