Coin Specifications

Category: Morgan Dollars (1878-1921)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 11,875,000
Catalog: KM-110
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 26.7300g
ASW: 0.7734oz
Melt Value: $12.47 (12/20/2014)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1889 O S$1 MS obverse 1889 O S$1 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

This high mintage issue (11.8 million pieces), was both widely distributed at the time of issue and also paid out in bag quantities beginning as early as 1938. But the 1889-O is not known for its availability (which it is), but rather its poor striking quality. The result of this lack of details has the same effect, however, as a lack of availability, i.e., very few pieces qualify at the Gem level.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 12/15/2014

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1889 O S$1 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 29.00 34.00 36.00 38.00 40.00 40.00 43.00 48.00 55.00 80.00 170 190 280 415 1025 7900 20500 - - - -
$ 45.00 48.00 54.00 63.00 105 200 240 325 500 1825 10250 25000 - -
1889 O S$1 MS Prooflike
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 125 190 280 375 600 1550 8500 - - - - -
$ - - - - 140 225 325 475 850 2050 11500 - - -
1889 O S$1 MS Deep Prooflike
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 175 275 385 875 1650 6650 19250 56250 - - - -
$ - - - - 200 325 475 1100 2500 8150 24500 61000 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 4432
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66


Upcoming Auctions

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12/23/2014 MS 62   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131451/Lot# 27621
1/12/2015 MS 65  Deep Prooflike Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(5), 1216/Lot# 6022
1/12/2015 MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(5), 1216/Lot# 6017
1/12/2015 MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(9), 1216/Lot# 10919


Auction Prices Realized

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7/5/2004 PCGS MS 63   Prooflike Teletrade Auction 1905, 1905/Lot# 1696 $418.00
1/15/2008 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2008 January Orlando, FL (FUN) US Coin Final Session #455, 455/Lot# 9699 $575.00
6/26/2008 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 260, 266/Lot# 5925 $767.05
8/7/2010 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers The August 2010 Boston Rarities Sale, 34/Lot# 1232 $3,450.00
3/18/2012 PCGS MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/18/2012, 13/Lot# 41739 $423.50
5/27/2012 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg May 27-31, 2012 The May Pre-Long Beach Auction, 69/Lot# 782 $356.50
11/4/2012 PCGS AU 50   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/04/2012, 47/Lot# 82741 $48.00
2/22/2013 PCGS MS 60   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 7634 $159.80
12/1/2013 PCGS MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/01/2013, 103/Lot# 155512 $319.00
12/5/2013 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2013 December 5 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(6), 1192/Lot# 8819 $734.38


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1889 O S$1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base123123139147155163183175194220304551597783101316584669688671447409805810344
12312814215015817018318120324838656665986012282662540869727232762588200
00000018318120324838656665986012282662540869727232762500
00000018318821127646958272193614433665614770587321784200
1889 O S$1 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base28830131432734235737238640442043759778394912712161481750155219543059467786
292305318332347362377392409426490659838105615683046488350835289560265590
000000377392409426490659838105615683046488350835289560200
000000381398415431544721894116418643932494951515360577400
1889 O S$1 MS Deep Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3813954124294484634845025225415637749661583256144836720999711754167471792721986
38640141843545347049050952854863383811721909320252297812105831341817140192800
0000004905095285486338381172190932025229781210583134181714000
0000004965155355567049021377223538425974890511168150831753400
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 1658
Owner: catmanjk
 
Grade: MS 64
Points: 1658
Owner: John Lab
 
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