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: $19.07 (9/22/2020)
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: 9/11/2020

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1879 O $1 MS
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Base $ 35.00 40.00 45.00 50.00 55.00 60.00 62.00 65.00 75.00 110 145 160 305 600 3150 14000 - - - -
$ - - - - 85.00 - - 180 320 680 4500 25000 - -
1879 O $1 MS PL
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Base $ - - - - - - - 125 135 145 215 340 545 1300 11000 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - 250 370 650 2500 - - - -
1879 O $1 MS DPL
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Base $ - - - - - - - - 275 325 500 1080 1970 5300 25000 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 2600 10000 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 10306
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: 9/22/2020 1879 O $1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base226528249796196501983530126421072534136113511----9882
-----------113822-----17
------------114244014-----93
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Total226528249796196501983531126621242566140315111----9992
 0%0%0%0%0%0%1%1%2%5%10%5%13%21%26%14%2%0%---- 
1879 O $1 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------232621547099441-----320
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---------------1------1
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Total--------232621547099451-----321
 --------1%1%8%7%17%22%31%14%0%----- 
1879 O $1 MS DPL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------7131126212231----104
--------------1-------1
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Total----------7131126222231----105
 ----------7%12%10%25%21%21%3%1%---- 

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 2937
US Type Set, including Modern Issues 1042
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, One-Per-Date 977
Basic US Type Set, No Gold (7070) 680
Basic US Type Set, with Gold (7070 + Page 5) 603
US Type Set, 1792-1964 528
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Complete 474
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, One-Per-Mint, Mint State 409
Silver & Clad Dollar Type Set 403
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Circulated Coins Only 208
US Type Set, 1792-1964, Circulated Coins Only 186
New Orleans Morgan Dollars, 1879-1904, Circulation Issue 171
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, PL and DPL Only 168
19th Century Series Type Set, Non-Proofs Only 145
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Top-100 VAMs 137
Basic US Type Set, No Gold (7070), Circulated Coins Only 122
19th Century Series Type Set, Proofs & Non-Proofs 103
19th Century Series Type Set, Non-Proofs Only - No Gold 101
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 77
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Hot 50 VAMs 67
19th Century Series Type Set, Circulated Coins Only (No Gold) 52
1879 Mint Set 34
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
Redfield Holders, Morgan and Peace Dollars, 1878-1935, Including Varieties 5
Soft Pack Holders Complete Set, Seated, Morgan and Peace Dollars 3
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 7317
Owner: jdprice64
 
Grade: MS 65
Points: 4776
Owner: N E I T - JJB
 
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