Coin Specifications

Category: Morgan Dollars (1878-1921)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 2,887,000
Obverse Designer: George T. Morgan
Reverse Designer: George T. Morgan
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 26.7300g
ASW: 0.7734oz
Melt Value: $12.27 (2/21/2019)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
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1879 O $1 MS obverse 1879 O $1 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The New Orleans Mint struck over 2.8 million Morgan dollars in 1879. However, the majority of these were placed directly into circulation. Some have survived in mint state, but they tend to be on the lower end of mint state, around MS63-MS64. Gem examples are extremely rare, and command large premiums to choice examples.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 2/15/2019

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1879 O $1 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 28.40 28.90 29.40 31.40 37.00 40.00 41.00 43.00 52.00 100.00 115 170 280 585 3150 19500 - - - -
$ - - - - 58.00 - - 195 310 740 5750 32000 - -
1879 O $1 MS Prooflike
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - 125 135 145 215 375 572 1100 9140 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - 250 410 700 2950 - - - -
1879 O $1 MS Deep Prooflike
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - 275 325 550 1250 1970 5310 25000 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 2600 10000 - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 9739
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66

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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 2/18/2019 1879 O $1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base21632622878718142589849511371989247513401399----9322
-----------113822-----17
------------11322349-----79
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Total21632622878718142589849611392005250513761509----9418
 0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %1 %1 %2 %5 %10 %5 %12 %21 %27 %15 %2 %0 %---- 
1879 O $1 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------232519537099441-----316
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---------------1------1
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Total--------232519537099451-----317
 --------1 %1 %8 %6 %17 %22 %31 %14 %0 %----- 
1879 O $1 MS Deep Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------6121126212131----101
--------------1-------1
-----------------------
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Total----------6121126222131----102
 ----------6 %12 %11 %25 %22 %21 %3 %1 %---- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
9/26/2004 NGC MS 63   Teletrade Auction 1940, 1940/Lot# 1319 $165.00
5/3/2005 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #25052, 25052/Lot# 11302 $71.30
2/3/2013 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg February 3-6, 2013 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 72/Lot# 1393 $1,121.25
6/16/2013 PCGS AU 50   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/16/2013, 79/Lot# 122047 $47.29
12/1/2013 PCGS MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 780, 789/Lot# 136 $170.00
6/8/2014 PCGS MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/08/2014, 202/Lot# 193958 $182.49
7/11/2014 NGC MS 61   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3490, 6041/Lot# 20418 $99.88
5/31/2015 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131523/Lot# 24609 $99.88


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1879 $1 MS O Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base20521622723724825827228229530832333653989110511753436145464736493154137133
20922023024125126327528629931332740465694412852622442346094801509259860
00000027528629931332740465694412852622442346094801509200
00000027929130431833247177499815193492448446734866525200
1879 $1 MS O Deep Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base40642343945847749451553455357759762010281450249539357374764679248210891011367
4124284454644835015215405615846057561169179829755081746577398019844397290
0000005215405615846057561169179829755081746577398019844300
0000005285475695906128921309214734556228755578318115867700
1879 $1 MS O
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base13113113513914316317117117117922027835152772512713506731775867863854110925
1311321361401501661711711741932393024105939072016477674077678808993360
0000001711711741932393024105939072016477674077678808900
00000017117117620625932746865910892761604774967771831500
Competitive Registry Sets
CategoriesSets
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Circulation Issue 2069
US Type Set, including Modern Issues 705
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, One-Per-Date 557
Basic US Type Set, No Gold (7070) 449
Basic US Type Set, with Gold (7070 + Page 5) 429
US Type Set, 1792-1964 291
Silver & Clad Dollar Type Set 282
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Complete 138
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, PL and DPL Only 134
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Top-100 VAMs 102
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, One-Per-Mint 97
19th Century Series Type Set, Non-Proofs Only 90
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Hot 50 VAMs 58
19th Century Series Type Set, Non-Proofs Only - No Gold 56
19th Century Series Type Set, Proofs & Non-Proofs 53
19th Century Series Type Set, Proofs & Non-Proofs - No Gold 53
New Orleans Morgan Dollars, 1879-1904, Circulation Issue 51
US Type Set, 1792-1964, Circulated Coins Only 38
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Circulated Coins Only 26
GSA Soft Pack Holders, Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921 25
Basic US Type Set, No Gold (7070), Circulated Coins Only 24
1879 Mint Set 21
Basic US Type Set, with Gold (7070 + Page 5), Circulated Coins Only 20
19th Century Series Type Set, Circulated Coins Only 15
19th Century Series Type Set, Circulated Coins Only (No Gold) 14
Hard and Soft Pack Holders Complete Set, Seated, Morgan and Peace Dollars 4
Redfield Holders, Morgan and Peace Dollars, 1878-1935, Including Varieties 2
GSA Hard and Soft Pack Holders Combined Set, Morgan Dollars, 1878-1893 2
Soft Pack Holders Complete Set, Seated, Morgan and Peace Dollars 2
Registry Image Gallery
Grade: MS 64 DPL
Points: 3935
Owner: Ramundo
 
Grade: MS 65
Points: 3506
Owner: K M Lust
 
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