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David Reimer Chop Marked Trade Dollar Collection - The Number One Finest Set of All Time

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About This Set: Trade dollars have a fascinating history: minted from silver mined in the old west, shipped by boat to the Orient for international trade, chopmarked Trade dollars bear physical evidence that they served their intended purpose. This collection was put together over the past decade or so and is one of the few --if not only-- complete collection of chopmarked Trade dollars in existance. It was a tremendous challenge and pleasure to put together.
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David Reimer Chop Marked Trade Dollar Collection

Image Item PCGS # Date Denom Grade PCGS # Pop PCGS # Pop Higher Pop Pop Higher Comments
1873 Chop Mark 87031 1873 T$1 XF45 3 2 32
The 73-P is one of the most difficult Trade Dollars to find chopmarked. On the obverse are two carefully placed chops: the first one is "wang" which can be translated into "king;" the second one "feng" which can mean "seal." An intriguing combination! This coin has been owned by a number of prominent Trade Dollar collectors over the years. I am very happy to have it leading off my collection.
1873-CC Chop Mark 87032 1873-CC T$1 AU58 2 0 20
The 1873-CC is one of the keys to the series, chopmarked or not.
1873-S Chop Mark 87033 1873-S T$1 MS62 8 2 82
One faint chopmark, under Miss Liberty's outstretched arm to China holding an olive branch, on an otherwise mint state example. The 1873-S is the most difficult San Francisco Trade dollar to find chopmarked. They exist, but are not common.
1874 Chop Mark 87034 1874 T$1 MS61 2 0 20
Another P mint Trade Dollar that is very difficult to find chopmarked. Most Philadelphia Trade Dollars circulated domestically, although a handful did make it to the Orient, many via London.
1874-CC Chop Mark 87035 1874-CC T$1 MS64 2 0 20
Readily available chopmarked, but almost never in this state of preservation. Most of the mintage of 1.4 million coins made it to China. Almost none survived and returned in this condition.
1874-S Chop Mark 87036 1874-S T$1 MS64 5 0 50
Fairly common chopmarked, this lustrous S-mint Trade dollar saw little circulation and received a solitary chopmark on the reverse.
1875 Chop Mark 87037 1875 T$1 XF40 2 0 20
Ex-Rose. Rarest of all chopmarked Trade dollars, with perhaps a half-dozen known chopmarked. Frank Rose was the godfather of chopmark collecting and author of the reference book "Chopmarks". A Merchant Marine, Rose purchased this coin in the Orient in 1968. Type I/I.
1875-CC Chop Mark 87038 1875-CC T$1 MS62 9 4 94
Like the 74-CC, the 75-CC Trade dollar is relatively common chopmarked. This one is a bit scruffy from the trip by horse-drawn wagon, train and ship from Carson City, Nevada to China. Still, it has an interesting incused chop mark under Liberty's outstretched arm.
1875-S Chop Mark 87039 1875-S T$1 MS64 4 0 40
Type I obverse, Type I reverse, the most common obverse-reverse combination for the 75-S. However, it is certainly not common in this state of preservation. A very pretty coin to look at, with history to boot.
1875-S/CC Chop Mark 87040 1875-S/CC T$1 MS62 4 2 62
The sequence of events that created the S over CC variety has never clearly been explained. Regardless, the variety is very scarce and this is one of the nicest examples of one that made it to China and back.
1876 Chop Mark 87041 1876 T$1 AU58 4 1 41
Also tough to find chopmarked, but not as difficult as P mint Trade Dollars from the previous years. I acquired this one from a noted Trade dollar expert in exchange for an unchopmarked 76 P with the very rare Type II obverse, Type II reverse combination.
1876-CC Chop Mark 87042 1876-CC T$1 MS63 1 0 10
More scarce than the 74-CC or 75-CC due to a significantly smaller mintage, the 76-CC Trade Dollar has three distinct reverses: Type I; Type I DDR; and Type II. This coin, the highest graded 76-CC Chop Mark by PCGS, is the more common Type II. For an outstanding example of a Type I DDR, please see my other set: Interesting Duplicates.
1876-S Chop Mark 87043 1876-S T$1 MS64 4 0 40
Most San Francisco-minted Trade Dollars ended up in the Orient, and this one is no exception. Few made it back in this condition, however. Type I obverse/Type I reverse, the most common combination for the 1876-S.
1877 Chop Mark 87044 1877 T$1 MS60 2 4 27
Still somewhat scarce chopmarked, compared to previous years the 77 P is relatively obtainable chopmarked.
1877-CC Chop Mark 87045 1877-CC T$1 MS62 7 1 71
This Carson City dollar saw little use in the Orient and picked up one chopmark on the reverse.
1877-S Chop Mark 87046 1877-S T$1 MS63 7 1 71
Very clean with some flash left on it, this Trade dollar has a single chop mark prominently placed on the obverse under Miss Liberty's outstretched hand to China.
1878-CC Chop Mark 87047 1878-CC T$1 XF45 1 2 12
Extremely rare. Possibly less than 12 known chopmarked. I purchased this one in 2000 from a dealer in California who got it out of Japan. Since then, I've not seen another one come on the market.
1878-S Chop Mark 87048 1878-S T$1 MS62 2 0 20
One of the most common Trade dollars with a relatively high mintage, the 78-S is difficult to find with chopmarks. Of all the S-mint Trade dollars, why was the 78-S less likely to be used in commerce with China?


I'm thinking of the stories each coin has since none of them became chop-marked by accident ;-)

Posted @ 6/9/2014 2:30 PM By mercurydimeguy

This is really cool, I think I can get into doing a set like this.

Posted @ 6/9/2014 2:29 PM By mercurydimeguy

Great set! I'm developing a passing interest in chopped Trades and you certainly are fanning my interest! Great set!

Posted @ 4/27/2014 11:03 PM By greyfox070


Posted @ 4/27/2014 11:03 PM By greyfox070


Posted @ 4/27/2014 11:03 PM By greyfox070

Thanks, it's been a fun set to put together.

Posted @ 9/16/2013 1:58 PM By DDR

Very unique set. Interesting way to collect them. Congrats on a very nice collection!

Posted @ 9/7/2013 5:45 PM By aesplin