Coin Specifications

Category: Morgan Dollars (1878-1921)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 984
Catalog: KM-110
Obverse Designer: George T. Morgan
Reverse Designer: George T. Morgan
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 26.7300g
ASW: 0.7734oz
Melt Value: $13.26 (5/22/2015)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1881 S$1 PF obverse 1881 S$1 PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The 1881 Morgan dollar proof issue was the fourth in the series --fifth, if one is counting the two first-year varieties -- that debuted in 1878. After a couple of four-digit proof totals in 1879 and 1880, the 1881 production figure declined just slightly to the three-figure range, 984 coins to be precise. Walter Breen's Proof Encyclopedia has some interesting comments concerning the 1881 proof dollars:

"VAM 8, lightly doubled 18-1. Later, often hollow around engraver's initial M on obverse. Dangerously deceptive first strikes are numerous. Real proofs from now through 1904 have rims (outside beaded borders) broader than uncirculated counterparts, and these rims are sharp on inner and (usually) outer borders. Relief details are also sharper than on uncirculated coins. The key points for checking this are central curls, eagle's breast feathers, and details of wreath. Poor definition here, or any trace of frost in open fields (not necessarily inside ribbon bow), should be grounds for rejecting the coin."

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


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 12/22/2014

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1881 S$1 PF
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - 875 1075 1675 2125 3125 4550 7300 9350 17500 29500 83950 -
$ - - - 950 1175 1800 2250 3350 5375 7900 11000 19500 -
1881 S$1 PF Cameo
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 2500 3600 5400 8750 12000 22000 38500 - -
$ - - - - - - 3250 3900 5800 10000 15000 25500 -
1881 S$1 PF Ultra Cameo
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 255
Low Grade: 45
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 69


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Auction Prices Realized

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1/25/2004 NGC PF 62   Goldberg January 25-28, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 23/Lot# 2637 $978.00
4/6/2006 PCGS PF 67   Heritage Auctions 2006 April Atlanta, GA (ANA) Signature Auction #402, 402/Lot# 1195 $9,200.00
2/28/2012 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 8174 $1,006.25
5/20/2012 NGC PF XF 45   Teletrade Auction 3279, 3279/Lot# 2234 $575.00
10/18/2012 PCGS PF 64   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(3), 1175/Lot# 5026 $3,290.00
2/7/2013 PCGS PF 66   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2013 February 7 -8 & 10 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1182/Lot# 3891 $11,750.00
8/18/2013 PCGS PF 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 765, 774/Lot# 90 $2,900.00
11/10/2013 PCGS PF 64   Cameo GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/10/2013, 100/Lot# 141462 $3,303.30


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1881 S$1 PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base120812461285132513661408145014941538158317762048217925403068365745125015624879101148114427
12211259129813391380142214651509155316471867209222992716326439424680542668029100124630
0000001465150915531647186720922299271632643942468054266802910000
00000014791523156817121957213524202892346142274847583773561029100
1881 S$1 PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base128013201360140214441487153115771623167118722154229026643211381947015219648881951185714872
12931333137414161458150215461592163917381966219924152846341441134874564270579416128620
0000001546159216391738196621992415284634144113487456427057941600
00000015621608165518052060224525393029361644075046606576261063600
1881 S$1 PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base139014321475152015641611165717061755180520172316245928533428406649895530685286281242415543
14041446149015351580162616731722177218762117236425903045364143745169597174449893134640
0000001673172217721876211723642590304536414374516959717444989300
00000016901739178819462216241127223236385346815350641180361115900
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Grade: PF 69 CAMEO
Points: 12862
Owner: Simpson
 
Grade: PF 68 CA
Points: 9416
Owner: First Strike Society
 
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