Coin Specifications

Category: Morgan Dollars (1878-1921)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 9,774,000
Obverse Designer: George T. Morgan
Reverse Designer: George T. Morgan
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 26.7300g
ASW: 0.7734oz
Melt Value: $13.96 (7/14/2020)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
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1878 S $1 MS obverse 1878 S $1 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The San Francisco Mint began striking Morgan dollars on April 17th, 1878. Nearly ten million Morgans were struck that first year. A large number of those first Morgans struck in San Francisco remained in their vaults for decades. Due to this large number withheld from circulation, the 1878-S Morgan dollar is common even through the gem level.

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Last Updated: 2/14/2020

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1878 S $1 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 28.00 30.00 35.00 40.00 45.00 50.00 55.00 60.00 65.00 70.00 75.00 80.00 95.00 120 290 650 11500 42000 - -
$ - - - - - - - 85.00 105 145 350 1600 14950 -
1878 S $1 MS PL
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 80.00 95.00 185 200 250 540 3200 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 225 300 795 7000 - -
1878 S $1 MS DPL
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 165 220 300 390 2000 7000 29000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 2600 13500 - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 53552
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 68

The chart showing PrAg series, G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 7/7/2020 1878 S $1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base93646568434433978241563321152162591950517659450350534---51536
------------125720118478447---583
-------------24019061221---316
--------------1342----10
Total93646568434433978241563321153363181974718036464657342---52445
 0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%1%1%3%12%38%34%9%1%0%--- 
1878 S $1 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------474918552171020225-1--1704
-------------12222----9
--------------252-----9
-----------------1----1
Total----------474918652571720628-1--1723
 ----------0%0%3%11%30%42%12%2%-0%-- 
1878 S $1 MS DPL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------1034116124262----312
-----------------------
---------------1------1
-----------------------
Total------------1034116125262----313
 ------------3%11%37%40%8%1%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1878 S $1 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base13514314715115917918318319019419823426235453467411032631447277771259923569
1371441481531651801831851911952102432924145808171612324455739384162550
000000183185191195210243292414580817161232445573938400
0000001831871921962222523234746279602121385866751099100
1878 S $1 MS DPL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base147155163175183201205209212220223244282409725221945658344608992342071838837
1491571671771892022062102142212302563245141223300158248344713713062267570
000000206210214221230256324514122330015824834471371306200
000000207211217222237269366619172137837084834481851689000
1878 S $1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base123131135139143163167171175179183201216272323423838159442907502960217946
1261321361401501641681721761801892062352893565611090249353618202123830
000000168172176180189206235289356561109024935361820200
000000170174178182195211253306390700134233916431890200
Competitive Registry Sets
CategoriesSets
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Circulation Issue 2799
US Type Set, including Modern Issues 979
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, One-Per-Date 921
Basic US Type Set, No Gold (7070) 640
Basic US Type Set, with Gold (7070 + Page 5) 573
US Type Set, 1792-1964 495
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Complete 425
Silver & Clad Dollar Type Set 382
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, One-Per-Mint, Mint State 366
20th Century Series Type Set, Proofs & Non-Proofs 319
20th Century Series Type Set, Proofs & Non-Proofs - No Gold 310
20th Century Series Type Set, Non-Proofs Only 273
20th Century Series Type Set, Non-Proofs Only - No Gold 220
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Circulated Coins Only 176
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, PL and DPL Only 163
US Type Set, 1792-1964, Circulated Coins Only 163
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Top-100 VAMs 135
19th Century Series Type Set, Non-Proofs Only 134
San Francisco Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Circulation Issue 122
Philadelphia Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Circulation Issue 104
Basic US Type Set, No Gold (7070), Circulated Coins Only 98
19th Century Series Type Set, Proofs & Non-Proofs 94
19th Century Series Type Set, Non-Proofs Only - No Gold 88
19th Century Series Type Set, Proofs & Non-Proofs - No Gold 87
Basic US Type Set, with Gold (7070 + Page 5), Circulated Coins Only 86
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Hot 50 VAMs 68
19th Century Series Type Set, Circulated Coins Only 62
19th Century Series Type Set, Circulated Coins Only (No Gold) 46
GSA Hard Pack Holders, Non-CC Morgan Dollars, 1878-1904 45
20th Century Series Type Set, Circulated Coins Only 42
1878 Mint Set 36
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Hit List 40 VAMs 33
20th Century Series Type Set, Circulated Coins Only (No Gold) 33
GSA Soft Pack Holders, Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921 31
GSA Hard Pack Holders Complete Set, Morgan Dollars, 1878-1904, Including Varieties 30
GSA Hard and Soft Pack Holders Combined Set, Morgan Dollars, 1878-1893 16
Hard and Soft Pack Holders Complete Set, Seated, Morgan and Peace Dollars 11
Redfield Holders, Morgan and Peace Dollars, 1878-1935, Including Varieties 5
Soft Pack Holders Complete Set, Seated, Morgan and Peace Dollars 2
Morgan Dollar VAM Varieties 0
Registry Image Gallery
Grade: MS 67
Points: 5361
Owner: AYWP
 
Grade: MS 65 DPL
Points: 4565
Owner: Mirrored Morgan
 
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