Coin Specifications

Category: Morgan Dollars (1878-1921)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 2,562,000
Catalog: KM-110
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 26.7300g
ASW: 0.7734oz
Melt Value: $15.04 (4/24/2014)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1899 S S$1 MS obverse 1899 S S$1 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Silver dollars were not needed in normal channels of commerce in 1899. The coins saw some circulation in the Western part of the country, but most examples were relegated to long term storage in bank vaults. In the case of the 1899-S, this circumstance led to the preservation of large numbers of coins in Mint State grades. Worn coins of this date are relatively scarce because the majority of the generous mintage of 2.5 million pieces never reached circulation. Q. David Bowers reports the coins were later released in a steady stream by the San Francisco Mint in the 1940s and 1950s. The Redfield Hoard may have contained up to a bag of uncirculated examples, obtained by LaVere Redfield after being shipped to Nevada for use in casinos. Due to this constant, long-term drain, there were only a few bags left in the vaults by the time of the great Treasury release of the early 1960s.

Apparently, the long hiatus in the vaults was a peaceful one, as the typical example of this issue shows few handling marks or abrasions. While uncirculated examples of this date are not rare, relatively few are available in Gem and higher grades. Likewise, while Prooflike representatives of this date are relatively plentiful, Deep Mirror Prooflike specimens are estimated to be three times as rare.

Description and Analysis courtesy of Heritage Auctions and may not be republished without written permission.


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Price Guide

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1899 S S$1 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 33.00 34.00 37.00 42.00 65.00 65.00 120 130 150 250 350 385 410 525 940 2250 4100 20500 - - -
$ 75.00 130 140 165 335 400 425 445 740 1175 2900 5900 30000 -
1899 S S$1 MS Prooflike
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 385 415 440 600 1150 2500 5500 - - - -
$ - - - - - 415 440 485 725 1500 3350 6750 - -
1899 S S$1 MS Deep Prooflike
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 415 440 500 1225 3400 21500 34500 - - - -
$ - - - - - 440 475 600 1600 5000 32000 45000 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2747
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


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4/27/2014 MS 66   Prooflike Heritage Auctions 2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(4), 1204/Lot# 5327
4/27/2014 MS 63   Deep Prooflike Heritage Auctions 2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(9), 1204/Lot# 10592


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5/2/2005 NGC MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #37, 41/Lot# 1535 $287.50
11/23/2008 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 2616, 2616/Lot# 2295 $805.00
7/8/2010 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2010 July Orlando, FL (Summer FUN) Signature US Coin Auction #1142, 1142/Lot# 4266 $1,380.00
6/14/2011 NGC MS 61   Stack's Bowers The June 2011 Baltimore Auction, 92/Lot# 4733 $345.00
8/11/2011 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction Session(3), 1158/Lot# 4795 $3,737.50
9/4/2011 PCGS MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/04/2011, 134/Lot# 15237 $386.10
1/29/2012 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 2683 $2,530.00
10/18/2012 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(6), 1175/Lot# 9959 $352.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1899 S S$1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1391471511591832373304094374896098479419901159157324333238651867661782532598
14114815316720126835641845452968887895710461297185927014331660010452227490
0000003564184545296888789571046129718592701433166001045200
0000003824274715697679099731102143521462969542466831413800
1899 S S$1 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base15116316717520125835744247152765387496610211258177626143968515879602234340975
15516416918322029138545148956972690498411001430205530654364609212754285530
0000003854514895697269049841100143020553065436460921275400
00000041346150861180093510021179160323343516476170261754800
1899 S S$1 MS Deep Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base175183186198223288395487517577713933997110318083149688683389588117543312861029
1771841902062443234254975376227869541032133822554394737087541031018878424280
000000425497537622786954103213382255439473708754103101887800
000000456507557667859975106715732702564078549171110322600300
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Grade: MS 66 PL
Points: 3968
Owner: MLMM Collection
 
Grade: MS 65 PL
Points: 2614
Owner: Coxe
 
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