Coin Specifications

Category: Morgan Dollars (1878-1921)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 3,200,000
Catalog: KM-110
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 26.7300g
ASW: 0.7734oz
Melt Value: $11.39 (9/2/2015)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1884 S S$1 MS obverse 1884 S S$1 MS reverse


  
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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

Description & Analysis

The history behind this issue differs markedly from most other Morgan dollars. As Uncle Sam produced far more dollars than the channels of commerce could ever hope to support, the Treasury Department simply stored numerous bags in vaults year after year. Many of these bags survived until the Treasury depletion of 1962-1964 delivered the coins into the hands of collectors and dealers. This set of circumstances explains why issues like the 1885-CC are plentiful in Mint State grades but almost unheard of in worn condition. On the contrary, numerous bags totaling more than 270 million dollars were destroyed under the terms of the Pittman Act of 1918. This event accounts for the rarity of issues such as the 1889-CC and 1893-S in all grades. The 1884-S Morgan dollar, however, is plentiful through the AU grade level but prohibitively rare in true Mint State preservation. The only way numismatists have been able to explain this strange combination of realities is that the San Francisco Mint released large quantities of 1884-S Morgans into circulation shortly after production. Even though a few thousand lower Mint State survivors trickled from Treasury Department storage in the 1950s-1960s, these coins were quickly absorbed into the numismatic community. Today, collector demand for attractive, original Mint State 1884-S dollars easily outstrips the available supply.

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


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 2/3/2015

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1884 S S$1 MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 29.00 32.00 34.00 40.00 85.00 260 340 650 2750 13750 20500 54000 140000 290000 425000 625000 1250000 - -
$ 100.00 - 410 875 3750 - 27000 65000 - - - - -
1884 S S$1 MS Prooflike
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - 500 1100 4500 15000 28000 67500 - - - - - - -
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1884 S S$1 MS Deep Prooflike
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 38000 80000 - - - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 7566
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 66


Upcoming Auctions

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9/20/2015 MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2015 September 17 - 20 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1224/Lot# 4070
9/20/2015 AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2015 September 17 - 20 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(3), 1224/Lot# 4697
9/20/2015 AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2015 September 17 - 20 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(3), 1224/Lot# 4694


Auction Prices Realized

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10/19/2004 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #24104, 24104/Lot# 12139 $508.30
4/14/2008 NGC AU 50   Teletrade Auction 2516, 2516/Lot# 1692 $235.20
6/17/2010 NGC AU 55   Stack's Bowers The June 2010 Baltimore Auction, 41/Lot# 2660 $322.00
5/29/2011 PCGS AU 50   Goldberg May 29 - June 1, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction of US, World Coins and Currency, 63/Lot# 425 $230.00
1/3/2012 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(8), 1166/Lot# 7030 $805.00
12/23/2012 NGC AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/23/2012, 54/Lot# 91841 $385.00
6/2/2013 PCGS AU 53   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 754, 763/Lot# 273 $290.00
2/3/2014 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(2), 1202/Lot# 4151 $1,645.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1884 S S$1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base123131151155167262502774891133328854935587968869854136061711819209215052613485387134561
1261381521591993425938131038185035685250621578751110514777178151997423048458851017780
00000059381310381850356852506215787511105147771781519974230484588500
00000068385211862368425255646550886512355159471851220740245916563600
1884 S S$1 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base13514316717118328553982611381799363952646089775610653139511721919497203262478299857134561
1381511681752173706359301358241241815539664587221175215040179781977321811498071114250
00000063593013582412418155396645872211752150401797819773218114980700
000000730103415793026472258147200968712852161301873820050232977483200
1884 S S$1 MS Deep Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base167179205209223342633954186823632929439689989815115011383817902202452746536576125212134561
171188206214263439740125920332552341859309270103771228015193186832265230502661211283280
0000007401259203325523418593092701037712280151931868322652305026612100
0000008471563219827403907746495431093913059165471946425058335399566700
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 6886
Owner: Bomber71086
 
Grade: MS 62
Points: 6886
Owner: K M Lust
 
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