Coin Specifications

Category: Morgan Dollars (1878-1921)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 2,744,000
Catalog: KM-110
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 26.7300g
ASW: 0.7734oz
Melt Value: $15.82 (8/1/2014)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1892 O S$1 MS obverse 1892 O S$1 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The Treasury release of millions of Morgan dollars in the early 1960s made some rarities within the series become common almost overnight. Without this knowledge, traditional data, such as mintage figures and certified population charts would make little sense. As an example, we compare two issues similar at their time of production. The 1892-O dollar saw a mintage of 2.7 million pieces and, six years later, a total of 4.4 million 1898-O dollars were struck. The mintages are, in the scope of the series and numismatics in general, quite similar, yet the 1898 O-mint Morgans are far more available today. The reason why is explained by Dave Bowers in his Guidebook of Morgan Silver Dollars (2007): 'The 1898-O is the first of the 'big three' rarities released from a long-sealed vault in November 1962 to ignite the great Treasury-release treasure hunt. Previously, in Mint State the 1898-O was a rarity. Today, the 1898-O is plentiful in all grades, including Gem Mint State.' Discussing the current issue, Bowers notes that 'during the 1962 through 1964 Treasury release a deluge issued forth from a vault containing New Orleans coins, put under seal in 1929. However, the 1892-O was not among those found in great quantity.'

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1892 O S$1 MS
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Base $ 29.00 35.00 39.00 42.00 50.00 50.00 75.00 80.00 95.00 105 200 250 320 470 1250 7600 44000 75000 - - -
$ 55.00 83.00 88.00 105 125 230 280 375 875 2500 12500 57000 - -
1892 O S$1 MS Prooflike
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 3750 6500 - - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
1892 O S$1 MS Deep Prooflike
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 3750 16000 23000 46000 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 4750 21600 27500 72500 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 4897
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 66


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8/9/2014 MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(3), 1208/Lot# 4811


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12/22/2003 NGC MS 63   Teletrade Auction 1822, 1822/Lot# 1712 $308.00
2/20/2005 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 1996 $1,437.50
8/26/2007 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions Sunday Internet Coin Auction #67091, 67091/Lot# 24317 $603.75
2/14/2008 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2008 February Long Beach, CA Signature Coin Auction #460, 460/Lot# 1365 $4,887.50
4/24/2008 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 241, 247/Lot# 5921 $264.50
1/5/2011 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(7), 1151/Lot# 12001 $581.90
10/23/2011 PCGS F 12   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/23/2011, 141/Lot# 21011 $37.05
8/30/2013 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, 195/Lot# 4716 $868.33


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1892 O S$1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333385139216265265314502935305756568338122593114157877
333333330103164232265281376646164239236550964518553400530
00000033010316423226528137664616423923655096451855300
000000357121190248265297439790234947897444109522484700
1892 O S$1 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333310220122023425126526531411381886391968208849129373706768716
333333613520722423925526528158813872563488674961021120980476160
0000001352072242392552652815881387256348867496102112098000
0000001682132292452602652978631636324158538172115742902300
1892 O S$1 MS Deep Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333385139216265265314230234475158884912937182795300398411
333333330103164232265281976268340176388102111471729853681390
00000033010316423226528197626834017638810211147172985300
000000357121190248265297163930654587761811574164984142800
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Grade: MS 64 DPL
Points: 3447
Owner: Coxe
 
Grade: VF 30
Points: 1505
Owner: GSA_Gem_Quest
 
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