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: $12.44 (12/27/2014)
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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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: 12/12/2014

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1884 S S$1 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 29.00 32.00 34.00 40.00 75.00 75.00 260 330 630 2500 9000 13750 20500 52500 140000 260000 400000 625000 1250000 - -
$ 100.00 300 410 875 3250 10000 15000 27000 65000 160000 - - - -
1884 S S$1 MS Prooflike
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - 450 900 3300 10500 15500 28000 67500 - - - - - - -
$ - - 525 1250 6800 12000 18000 37500 90000 - - - - -
1884 S S$1 MS Deep Prooflike
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 37500 80000 - - - - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 7355
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 66


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12/30/2014 AU 53   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131452/Lot# 29193
12/30/2014 AU Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131452/Lot# 29551
1/12/2015 AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(9), 1216/Lot# 10855
1/12/2015 AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(5), 1216/Lot# 5966
1/12/2015 AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(5), 1216/Lot# 5967


Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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9/16/1998 NGC AU 55   Teletrade Auction 1087, 1087/Lot# 1803 $196.20
5/27/2008 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 250, 256/Lot# 661 $1,150.00
5/27/2009 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2009 May Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1125, 1125/Lot# 8371 $241.50
9/2/2012 PCGS Genuine AU   Goldberg September 2-5, 2012 The September 2-5, 2012, 70/Lot# 980 $437.00
2/22/2013 PCGS AU 58   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 3132 $1,938.75
6/5/2013 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2013 June 5 - 9 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1186/Lot# 5035 $2,585.00
12/15/2013 NGC Details AU Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/15/2013, 105/Lot# 157539 $159.50
2/3/2014 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(5), 1202/Lot# 8148 $470.00
5/18/2014 PCGS Genuine AU   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131421/Lot# 20280 $110.45


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1884 S S$1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base123131151155167262502774891112420683984504965189379135271672318953197652413185387134561
125137152159198342592813968143827064339553874711076114592174661922321220445491017780
0000005928139681438270643395538747110761145921746619223212204454900
00000068385210461753334546946028842512144156571820919494226756496800
1884 S S$1 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base13514316717118328553982610661547263140645212688610372139511721919497203262478299857134561
1371511681752173696349061226190831084446577080481156515040179781977321811498071114250
00000063490612261908310844465770804811565150401797819773218114980700
00000073098613862269358648296328921012758161291873720049232967483200
1884 S S$1 MS Deep Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base167179205209223342633954186823632929439689989815115011383817902202452746536576125212134561
171187206213262439740125820332551341859309270103771228015192186832265130502661211283280
0000007401258203325513418593092701037712280151921868322651305026612100
0000008471563219827403907746495421093913059165471946425058335399566600
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 6518
Owner: Bomber71086
 
Grade: MS 62
Points: 6518
Owner: K M Lust
 
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