1871 Liberty Seated Silver Dollar. MS-65 (PCGS).A captivating Gem Mint State silver dollar with exceptional quality and eye appeal. Full and lively, satiny mint luster is exhibited on both sides and the surfaces are pleasingly toned with antique silver and rose at the centers contrasting with medium gray and cobalt peripheries. Boldly struck as well, a feature not too often seen in circulation strike Liberty Seated dollars of any issue. Exceptionally well preserved, we have handled few other coins over the years that would make as impressive an addition to a high-grade type set as this beautiful 1871 silver dollar.One of only two issues in the circulation strike Liberty Seated dollar series with a mintage of more than 1 million coins, the 1871 sits just below the 1872 to rank as the second most readily obtainable issue of the Motto design type. Most of the 1,073,800 pieces produced were almost certainly exported to China (the destination for most circulation strike Philadelphia Mint Liberty Seated dollars beginning with the 1869 issue). Additional examples remained stateside and likely saw domestic circulation once specie payments resumed in 1876. The 1871 is readily available by Liberty Seated dollar standards, especially in circulated grades, however it begins to be scarce in the lower Mint State grades and is certainly rare at and above the MS-64 level. Superior for the assigned grade in all regards, this premium near-Gem represents a significant bidding opportunity for the advanced type collector.