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: $11.35 (10/16/2018)
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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Last Updated: 7/11/2018

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1879 O $1 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 28.00 28.50 29.00 31.00 37.00 40.00 41.00 43.00 52.00 100.00 115 170 280 585 3150 21500 - - - -
$ - - - - 58.00 - - 195 310 750 5750 33500 - -
1879 O $1 MS Prooflike
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - 125 135 145 215 375 525 1050 8700 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - 250 410 700 2950 - - - -
1879 O $1 MS Deep Prooflike
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - 275 325 550 1250 2050 5700 25000 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 2600 10000 - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 9558
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: 10/15/2018 1879 O $1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base11622622848617641587149111001926245413401368----9145
-----------113822-----17
------------11322326-----74
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Total11622622848617641587149211021942248413741448----9236
 0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %1 %1 %2 %4 %9 %5 %12 %21 %27 %15 %2 %0 %---- 
1879 O $1 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------232219536999441-----312
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---------------1------1
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Total--------232219536999451-----313
 --------1 %1 %7 %6 %17 %22 %32 %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 %---- 

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Auction Prices Realized

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7/23/1997 PCGS MS 64   Deep Prooflike Teletrade Auction 0965, 965/Lot# 1645 $2,193.50
1/25/2004 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg January 25-28, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 23/Lot# 2605 $391.00
9/21/2005 NGC MS 65   Deep Prooflike Heritage Auctions 2005 September Long Beach Signature Auction #384, 384/Lot# 5583 $10,925.00
6/17/2012 PCGS MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/17/2012, 27/Lot# 54475 $154.00
7/27/2013 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 30752 $413.60
1/12/2014 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131403/Lot# 24215 $158.63
3/16/2014 PCGS MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 795, 804/Lot# 315 $2,812.00
1/29/2015 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 29 - February 1 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1217/Lot# 7548 $705.00
7/3/2016 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131628/Lot# 23422 $258.50


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
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Grade: MS 64 DPL
Points: 3935
Owner: Ramundo
 
Grade: MS 65
Points: 3506
Owner: K M Lust
 
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