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: $20.78 (9/19/2020)
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.

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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 PL
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - 75.00 80.00 85.00 115 255 550 2400 8600 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 135 300 650 - - - -
1879 $1 MS DPL
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 145 230 350 550 2350 16300 29000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 400 900 4900 19500 - - -

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Disclaimer: The prices listed in the various NGC Price and Value Guides are compiled from a number of independent, third party sources in the numismatic community which NGC believes to be reliable. Prices provided are averages, not specific prices for individual coins. Further, because these prices are only updated from time to time, they do not reflect short term pricing trends, which are quite common and are often quite dramatic, given the volatile nature of the collectible coin marketplace. This is especially true for rare coins, where there are fewer sales and greater variations in sale prices. For all of these reasons, the prices in these guides are designed to serve merely as one of many measures and factors that coin buyers and sellers can use in determining coin values. These prices are not intended, and should not be relied upon, to replace the due diligence and — when appropriate — expert consultation that coin buyers and sellers should undertake when entering into a coin transaction. As such, NGC disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information contained in the NGC Guides. By using the NGC Guides, the user agrees that neither NGC nor any of its affiliates, shareholders, officers, employees or agents shall have any liability for any loss or damage of any kind, including without limitation any loss arising from reliance on the information contained in the Guides.

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 14025
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: 9/15/2020 1879 $1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base7610226647894991189376119570167050584407683768---13543
------------4136546312----161
-------------32385299----149
--------------21-1----4
Total7610226647894991189376119574168651484539743888---13857
 0%0%0%0%0%0%1%0%1%1%3%1%4%12%37%33%5%1%0%--- 
1879 $1 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------1246337710991151----339
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Total--------1246337710991151----339
 --------0%1%1%2%10%23%32%27%4%0%---- 
1879 $1 MS DPL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----------21238484021----143
----------------1-----1
---------------11-----2
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Total-----------21238484141----146
 -----------1%8%26%33%28%3%1%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1879 $1 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base143143147151159163163163167171190234272304593990258527708795102262208341494
143144148153160163163164168177204246282400725152126464778927214178285530
00000016316416817720424628240072515212646477892721417800
00000016316516918321925929349685720532708678697491813000
1879 $1 MS DPL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base163163167171175179183190194198201244278502110326436190958810226147513359963204
16316416817217618018519119519921525535270216163825732298001173421033434670
0000001851911951992152553527021616382573229800117342103300
00000018719219620022926642790221295007845510013132422731600
1879 $1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base13113113513914314714714715115516720121623031750215682965849489381570929562
13113213614014414714714815215917820622025937885720334808864211195203260
0000001471481521591782062202593788572033480886421119500
00000014714915316318921122528844012122499665187901345200
Competitive Registry Sets
CategoriesSets
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Circulation Issue 2931
US Type Set, including Modern Issues 1039
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, One-Per-Date 974
Basic US Type Set, No Gold (7070) 677
Basic US Type Set, with Gold (7070 + Page 5) 599
US Type Set, 1792-1964 527
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Complete 472
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, One-Per-Mint, Mint State 408
Silver & Clad Dollar Type Set 400
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Circulated Coins Only 207
US Type Set, 1792-1964, Circulated Coins Only 186
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, PL and DPL Only 168
19th Century Series Type Set, Non-Proofs Only 144
San Francisco Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Circulation Issue 131
Basic US Type Set, No Gold (7070), Circulated Coins Only 122
Philadelphia Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Circulation Issue 110
19th Century Series Type Set, Proofs & Non-Proofs 103
19th Century Series Type Set, Non-Proofs Only - No Gold 100
19th Century Series Type Set, Proofs & Non-Proofs - No Gold 96
Basic US Type Set, with Gold (7070 + Page 5), Circulated Coins Only 96
19th Century Series Type Set, Circulated Coins Only 76
19th Century Series Type Set, Circulated Coins Only (No Gold) 52
GSA Hard Pack Holders, Non-CC Morgan Dollars, 1878-1904 45
1879 Mint Set 34
GSA Hard Pack Holders Complete Set, Morgan Dollars, 1878-1904, Including Varieties 32
GSA Soft Pack Holders, Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921 29
GSA Hard and Soft Pack Holders Combined Set, Morgan Dollars, 1878-1893 17
Hard and Soft Pack Holders Complete Set, Seated, Morgan and Peace Dollars 14
Soft Pack Holders Complete Set, Seated, Morgan and Peace Dollars 3
Morgan Dollar VAM Varieties 0
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 6651
Owner: N E I T - JJB
 
Grade: MS 65 DPL
Points: 6190
Owner: coxe
 
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