Coin Specifications

Category: Morgan Dollars (1878-1921)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 14,806,000
Obverse Designer: George T. Morgan
Reverse Designer: George T. Morgan
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 26.7300g
ASW: 0.7734oz
Melt Value: $13.59 (10/17/2019)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
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1879 $1 MS obverse 1879 $1 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Nearly 15 million Morgan dollars were struck at the Philadelphia Mint in 1879. Many were released into circulation at the time, but some did survive in Treasury vaults until the 1950's or so. Mint state examples are common, but this issue becomes relatively scarce in gem.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Last Updated: 7/24/2019

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1879 $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 80.00 100.00 160 525 1600 32000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 90.00 105 210 800 3750 - -
1879 $1 MS Prooflike
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - 75.00 80.00 85.00 115 255 550 2400 8600 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 135 300 650 - - - -
1879 $1 MS Deep Prooflike
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 145 230 350 550 2350 16300 29000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 400 900 4900 19500 - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 13684
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67

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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1879 $1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base7610186346864685178362106516157449744378675748---13212
------------4126245312----156
-------------32379286----139
--------------21-1----4
Total7610186346864685178362106520158950614503734838---13511
 0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %1 %0 %1 %1 %3 %1 %4 %12 %37 %33 %5 %1 %0 %--- 
1879 $1 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------1245337510491151----331
-----------------------
-----------------------
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Total--------1245337510491151----331
 --------0 %1 %1 %2 %10 %23 %31 %27 %5 %0 %---- 
1879 $1 MS Deep Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----------21238473921----141
----------------1-----1
-----------------------
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Total-----------21238473931----142
 -----------1 %8 %27 %33 %27 %2 %1 %---- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
3/15/2004 PCGS MS 65   Teletrade Auction 1857, 1857/Lot# 1343 $880.00
1/2/2006 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #69, 74/Lot# 715 $161.00
9/10/2006 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg September 10-13, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 37/Lot# 2880 $690.00
5/29/2011 PCGS MS 65   Bonhams Coins and Banknotes, 19158/Lot# 1072 $608.00
5/22/2011 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131122/Lot# 26187 $104.00
4/21/2013 PCGS Genuine XF   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/21/2013, 71/Lot# 111140 $34.50
1/19/2014 NGC MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/19/2014, 185/Lot# 163956 $52.00
8/29/2014 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3497, 6051/Lot# 22160 $126.90


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1879 $1 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base143143147151159163163163167171190234272304593990258527708795102262208341494
143144148153160163163164168177204246282400725152126464778927214178285530
00000016316416817720424628240072515212646477892721417800
00000016316516918321925929349685720532708678697491813000
1879 $1 MS Deep Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base163163167171175179183190194198201244278502110326436190958810226147513359963204
16316416817217618018519119519921525535270216163825732298001173421033434670
0000001851911951992152553527021616382573229800117342103300
00000018719219620022926642790221295007845510013132422731600
1879 $1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base13113113513914314714714715115516720121623031750215682965849489381570929562
13113213614014414714714815215917820622025937885720334808864211195203260
0000001471481521591782062202593788572033480886421119500
00000014714915316318921122528844012122499665187901345200
Competitive Registry Sets
CategoriesSets
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Circulation Issue 2376
US Type Set, including Modern Issues 800
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, One-Per-Date 671
Basic US Type Set, No Gold (7070) 518
Basic US Type Set, with Gold (7070 + Page 5) 470
US Type Set, 1792-1964 360
Silver & Clad Dollar Type Set 323
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Complete 246
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, One-Per-Mint 167
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, PL and DPL Only 151
19th Century Series Type Set, Non-Proofs Only 105
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Circulated Coins Only 87
US Type Set, 1792-1964, Circulated Coins Only 74
San Francisco Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Circulation Issue 69
19th Century Series Type Set, Non-Proofs Only - No Gold 67
19th Century Series Type Set, Proofs & Non-Proofs - No Gold 66
19th Century Series Type Set, Proofs & Non-Proofs 63
Philadelphia Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Circulation Issue 58
Basic US Type Set, No Gold (7070), Circulated Coins Only 46
GSA Hard Pack Holders, Non-CC Morgan Dollars, 1878-1904 40
Basic US Type Set, with Gold (7070 + Page 5), Circulated Coins Only 36
19th Century Series Type Set, Circulated Coins Only 32
GSA Soft Pack Holders, Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921 28
1879 Mint Set 25
19th Century Series Type Set, Circulated Coins Only (No Gold) 23
GSA Hard Pack Holders Complete Set, Morgan Dollars, 1878-1904, Including Varieties 14
Hard and Soft Pack Holders Complete Set, Seated, Morgan and Peace Dollars 3
GSA Hard and Soft Pack Holders Combined Set, Morgan Dollars, 1878-1893 3
Soft Pack Holders Complete Set, Seated, Morgan and Peace Dollars 2
Morgan Dollar VAM Varieties 0
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Grade: MS 65 DPL
Points: 6190
Owner: coxe
 
Grade: MS 66
Points: 4808
Owner: AYWP
 
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