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First Trade dollars. Where are they now?

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Here is the disposition of the first five Trade Dollars struck at the Philadelphia Mint July 11, 1873.

#1 Secretary of Treasury Richardson
#2-5 Charles Broadhead of Philadelphia (letter below)

Hon. Charles Broadhead,
October 13, 1873
I enclose herewith as requested by you and promised by me some months since, four of the first five Trade Dollars, struck at the Mint.
They are not so handsome as those since struck, as the dies are now in better working condition.
Dr. Linderman was in town on Saturday. I understood he was to leave last night for Washington. He was stopping at the Washington House.
I am, Very truly yours,
A. Loudon Snowden, Coiner

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They are currently in the queue to be graded by one of the TPG. They will be graded Specimen and auctioned off as the first Trade Dollars ever struck. 

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On 7/19/2022 at 5:41 PM, gmarguli said:

No, there were minted in a different material. For your sake I hope those are graded BN and not RB/Red or you have a serious problem. 

Graded SY = straw yellow, clear

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