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: $13.46 (5/29/2017)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
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1878 S S$1 MS obverse 1878 S 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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/4/2016

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1878 S S$1 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 28.00 28.50 29.00 29.50 37.00 41.00 42.00 43.00 45.00 60.00 65.00 75.00 95.00 125 365 850 10500 42000 - -
$ - - - - - - - 80.00 105 150 500 1850 14950 -
1878 S S$1 MS Prooflike
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 68.00 75.00 130 175 260 500 3400 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 200 300 875 - - -
1878 S S$1 MS Deep Prooflike
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 80.00 95.00 185 375 2250 8000 29000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 2600 13500 - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 47098
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 68


Upcoming Auctions

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Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
6/11/2017 MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2017 June 8 - 11 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1256/Lot# 7631


Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
3/13/2006 PCGS MS 65   Teletrade Auction 2174, 2174/Lot# 1509 $235.20
1/29/2012 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 2597 $1,725.00
5/6/2012 PCGS MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/06/2012, 21/Lot# 47174 $93.50
5/27/2012 PCGS MS 64   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 19995/Lot# 1103 $117.00
9/6/2012 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2012 September 6-9 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(5), 1174/Lot# 8909 $258.50
4/28/2014 NGC MS 63   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3479, 6028/Lot# 20346 $88.13
7/11/2014 NGC MS 63   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3490, 6041/Lot# 20408 $74.03
9/5/2014 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3498, 6052/Lot# 20269 $246.75
9/21/2014 PCGS MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 822, 831/Lot# 169 $325.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1878 S S$1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base123131135139143163167171175179183201216272323423838159442907502960217946
1251321361401491641681721761801892062342893565611090249253608202123830
000000168172176180189206234289356561109024925360820200
000000169173177181195211253306389699134233916431890200
1878 S S$1 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base13514314715115917918318319019419823426235453467411032631447277771259923569
1371441481531651801831851911952102432924145808171612324455739384162550
000000183185191195210243292414580817161232445573938400
0000001831871921962222523234746279602121385866751099100
1878 S S$1 MS Deep Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base147155163175183201205209212220223244282409725221945658344608992342071838837
1491571671771892022062102142212302563245141223300158248344713713062267570
000000206210214221230256324514122330015824834471371306200
000000207211217222237269366619172137837084834481851689000
Competitive Registry Sets
CategoriesSets
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Circulation Issue 1994
US Type Set, including Modern Issues 675
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, One-Per-Date 514
Basic US Type Set, No Gold (7070) 430
Basic US Type Set, with Gold (7070 + Page 5) 421
Silver & Clad Dollar Type Set 280
US Type Set, 1792-1964 278
20th Century Series Type Set, Proofs & Non-Proofs 238
20th Century Series Type Set, Proofs & Non-Proofs - No Gold 222
20th Century Series Type Set, Non-Proofs Only 199
20th Century Series Type Set, Non-Proofs Only - No Gold 150
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, PL and DPL Only 131
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Complete 108
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Top-100 VAMs 98
19th Century Series Type Set, Non-Proofs Only 92
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, One-Per-Mint 65
19th Century Series Type Set, Non-Proofs Only - No Gold 57
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Hot 50 VAMs 56
19th Century Series Type Set, Proofs & Non-Proofs 52
19th Century Series Type Set, Proofs & Non-Proofs - No Gold 52
Non-CC Morgan Dollars, 1878-1904, GSA Holders Only 37
Philadelphia Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Circulation Issue 32
San Francisco Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Circulation Issue 32
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, GSA Soft Pack Holders Only 25
1878 Mint Set 24
US Type Set, 1792-1964, Circulated Coins Only 23
Basic US Type Set, No Gold (7070), Circulated Coins Only 16
Basic US Type Set, with Gold (7070 + Page 5), Circulated Coins Only 15
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Circulated Coins Only 15
19th Century Series Type Set, Circulated Coins Only (No Gold) 15
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Hit List 40 VAMs 14
19th Century Series Type Set, Circulated Coins Only 13
20th Century Series Type Set, Circulated Coins Only (No Gold) 11
20th Century Series Type Set, Circulated Coins Only 9
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, GSA Holders Only, Mint State 6
Registry Image Gallery
Grade: MS 67
Points: 5360
Owner: AYWP
 
Grade: MS 65 DPL
Points: 4565
Owner: Mirrored Morgan
 
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