Coin Specifications

Category: Morgan Dollars (1878-1921)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 700,000
Catalog: KM-110
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 26.7300g
ASW: 0.7734oz
Melt Value: $15.07 (8/27/2014)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1889 S S$1 MS obverse 1889 S S$1 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

At one time, the 1889-S was considered the rarest Morgan dollar. When the United States Coin Company sold a set of Morgans in 1915, an Uncirculated 1889-S brought $19, while a similarly graded 1893-S only realized $4! However, beginning in 1937 bags of the 1889-S began to be released by the San Francisco mint and the Redfield Hoard had several bags. Today, the glory days of the 1889-S are long past, but it is still very scarce in Gem condition.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 2/10/2014

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1889 S S$1 MS
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Base $ 33.00 38.00 50.00 60.00 83.00 83.00 105 115 135 155 225 270 300 390 675 2250 5750 30000 - - -
$ 92.00 115 125 150 175 265 295 365 515 1250 2950 12925 35000 -
1889 S S$1 MS Prooflike
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 185 250 300 350 600 1400 4150 13000 - - - -
$ - - - - 210 280 330 400 750 1750 5750 16500 - -
1889 S S$1 MS Deep Prooflike
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 225 330 375 725 1900 5250 39000 66000 - - - -
$ - - - - 265 370 470 900 2600 9000 49000 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 5962
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66


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9/6/2014 MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2014 September 4 - 6 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(3), 1209/Lot# 4773
9/6/2014 MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2014 September 4 - 6 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(3), 1209/Lot# 4769
9/6/2014 MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2014 September 4 - 6 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1209/Lot# 8179
9/6/2014 MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2014 September 4 - 6 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1209/Lot# 8178
9/6/2014 MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2014 September 4 - 6 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1209/Lot# 8177


Auction Prices Realized

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7/24/1996 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 0861, 861/Lot# 1761 $239.80
8/13/2007 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 168, 173/Lot# 1534 $115.00
9/23/2007 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 1537 $252.00
1/5/2011 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(7), 1151/Lot# 11951 $517.50
8/15/2011 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers The August 2011 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 115/Lot# 10749 $1,840.00
11/29/2012 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2012 November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction - Houston Session(2), 1177/Lot# 4266 $3,525.00
3/3/2013 PCGS Genuine UNC   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/03/2013, 64/Lot# 102972 $118.18
1/26/2014 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg January 26-28, 2014 January Pre-Long Beach Sale 17.5% BP, 78/Lot# 1356 $352.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1889 S S$1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base139147151209237295330351384426502602741842959140424263751789885781924834846
1411481702182563063373623984515356487748811107174428675133812412134244470
000000337362398451535648774881110717442867513381241213400
000000344373412476568694808920125520853309651583511569100
1889 S S$1 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base15116316722725832035738141545854464272984212391977341045658183102262595747137
1551641872372783323653924294865766717669741485245437955771886415469330170
000000365392429486576671766974148524543795577188641546900
0000003734034435156097008041106173129324180697795452071300
1889 S S$1 MS Deep Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base17518318625528835439542045850558879892512712281369785911055010904147513882770823
17718420926631036740343247353265884010401607275353289244106681218622776494920
0000004034324735326588401040160727535328924410668121862277600
0000004114454895607288821155194432256959989710786134683080100
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 5133
Owner: AYWP
 
Grade: MS 65
Points: 2426
Owner: MWit
 
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