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: $13.10 (12/12/2019)
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: 6/28/2019

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1879 O $1 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 35.00 40.00 45.00 50.00 55.00 60.00 62.00 65.00 75.00 110 125 160 305 520 3150 16000 - - - -
$ - - - - 85.00 - - 180 320 680 5150 27500 - -
1879 O $1 MS PL
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - 125 135 145 215 340 545 1300 11000 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - 250 370 650 2500 - - - -
1879 O $1 MS DPL
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - 275 325 500 1080 1970 5300 25000 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 2600 10000 - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 10110
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: 12/10/2019 1879 O $1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base216328239393192478958514121820592514135614110----9689
-----------113822-----17
------------113243714-----89
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Total216328239393192478958515122020752546139515710----9795
 0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %1 %1 %2 %5 %10 %5 %12 %21 %26 %14 %2 %0 %---- 
1879 O $1 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------232620547099441-----319
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---------------1------1
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Total--------232620547099451-----320
 --------1 %1 %8 %6 %17 %22 %31 %14 %0 %----- 
1879 O $1 MS DPL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------6131126212131----102
--------------1-------1
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Total----------6131126222131----103
 ----------6 %13 %11 %25 %21 %20 %3 %1 %---- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
5/7/2006 PCGS MS 63   Teletrade Auction 2200, 2200/Lot# 1684 $179.20
12/22/2008 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 312, 318/Lot# 1277 $391.00
2/3/2013 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg February 3-6, 2013 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 72/Lot# 1393 $1,121.25
5/26/2013 NGC AU 55   Prooflike Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131323/Lot# 28829 $117.50
6/29/2014 PCGS MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 187/Lot# 191344 $600.00
6/3/2014 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 4160 $446.50
9/4/2014 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2014 September 4 - 6 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1209/Lot# 7935 $616.88


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1879 O $1 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base20521622723724825827228229530832333653989110511753436145464736493154137133
20922023024125126327528629931332740465694412852622442346094801509259860
00000027528629931332740465694412852622442346094801509200
00000027929130431833247177499815193492448446734866525200
1879 O $1 MS DPL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base40642343945847749451553455357759762010281450249539357374764679248210891011367
4124284454644835015215405615846057561169179829755081746577398019844397290
0000005215405615846057561169179829755081746577398019844300
0000005285475695906128921309214734556228755578318115867700
1879 O $1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base13113113513914316317117117117922027835152772512713506731775867863854110925
1311321361401501661711711741932393024105939072016477674077678808993360
0000001711711741932393024105939072016477674077678808900
00000017117117620625932746865910892761604774967771831500
Competitive Registry Sets
CategoriesSets
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Circulation Issue 2448
US Type Set, including Modern Issues 828
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, One-Per-Date 703
Basic US Type Set, No Gold (7070) 533
Basic US Type Set, with Gold (7070 + Page 5) 480
US Type Set, 1792-1964 383
Silver & Clad Dollar Type Set 330
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Complete 270
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, One-Per-Mint, Mint State 191
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, PL and DPL Only 152
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Top-100 VAMs 118
19th Century Series Type Set, Non-Proofs Only 110
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Circulated Coins Only 101
New Orleans Morgan Dollars, 1879-1904, Circulation Issue 88
US Type Set, 1792-1964, Circulated Coins Only 87
19th Century Series Type Set, Non-Proofs Only - No Gold 70
19th Century Series Type Set, Proofs & Non-Proofs - No Gold 68
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Hot 50 VAMs 66
19th Century Series Type Set, Proofs & Non-Proofs 66
Basic US Type Set, No Gold (7070), Circulated Coins Only 53
Basic US Type Set, with Gold (7070 + Page 5), Circulated Coins Only 42
19th Century Series Type Set, Circulated Coins Only 35
GSA Soft Pack Holders, Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921 30
1879 Mint Set 25
19th Century Series Type Set, Circulated Coins Only (No Gold) 24
GSA Hard and Soft Pack Holders Combined Set, Morgan Dollars, 1878-1893 5
Redfield Holders, Morgan and Peace Dollars, 1878-1935, Including Varieties 3
Hard and Soft Pack Holders Complete Set, Seated, Morgan and Peace Dollars 3
Soft Pack Holders Complete Set, Seated, Morgan and Peace Dollars 2
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 7317
Owner: jdprice64
 
Grade: MS 64 DPL
Points: 3935
Owner: Ramundo
 
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