Coin Specifications

Category: Morgan Dollars (1878-1921)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 9,110,000
Obverse Designer: George T. Morgan
Reverse Designer: George T. Morgan
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 26.7300g
ASW: 0.7734oz
Melt Value: $13.89 (9/18/2019)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
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1879 S $1 MS obverse 1879 S $1 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The 9.1 million Morgan dollars minted at the San Francisco Mint in 1879 were of very high quality. This, paired with the large numbers which survived in Treasury vaults until the 20th century, makes this issue an attractive option for a collector looking for a high quality example of a Morgan dollar.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/25/2019

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1879 S $1 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 28.00 30.00 32.00 35.00 38.00 40.00 42.00 45.00 50.00 55.00 60.00 65.00 75.00 85.00 140 260 800 4750 - -
$ - - - - - - - 70.00 80.00 100.00 175 400 1600 21750
1879 S $1 MS Prooflike
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 75.00 85.00 100.00 150 190 275 525 1900 15000 - -
$ - - - - - - - 125 175 210 450 775 3400 -
1879 S $1 MS Deep Prooflike
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 100.00 140 170 270 480 1100 2750 11000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 360 565 1450 4900 - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 107230
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68

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, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 9/17/2019 1879 S $1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base371571491310245912966417329822001426582373374522029170--102114
------------87737959238220915910--1816
-------------237488357171612--1118
--------------377175---39
Total371571491310245912966425337722420437452447978492254182--105087
 0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %3 %21 %42 %23 %7 %2 %0 %-- 
1879 S $1 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------32261689022030997289633--4483
--------------1015954---43
--------------11138----23
------------------2---2
Total----------322616891320561009302693--4551
 ----------0 %0 %1 %4 %20 %45 %22 %7 %2 %0 %-- 
1879 S $1 MS Deep Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------1449201232106292---633
----------------1-----1
--------------22------4
-----------------1----1
Total------------1449203234107302---639
 ------------2 %8 %32 %37 %17 %5 %0 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Service
Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
2/27/2006 NGC MS 65   Prooflike David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 76, 81/Lot# 760 $201.25
3/20/2007 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions Tuesday Internet Coin Auction #27034, 27034/Lot# 11650 $126.50
5/31/2009 NGC MS 64   Teletrade Auction 2699, 2699/Lot# 2051 $58.00
2/3/2013 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg February 3-6, 2013 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 72/Lot# 748 $184.00
1/5/2014 PCGS MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/05/2014, 176/Lot# 159752 $57.20
2/2/2014 NGC MS 66   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/02/2014, 177/Lot# 168687 $265.09
7/11/2014 NGC MS 66   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 6344 $258.50
7/17/2019 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions Tuesday & Wednesday US Coins Weekly Online Auction Session(2), 131930/Lot# 27281 $246.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1879 $1 MS S Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base12713513914314715917117918619420923025530146356389113032124701476388897
129136140144151163173181188199216238270355496672102815763754722280570
000000173181188199216238270355496672102815763754722200
000000176183191204223246285409529781116518505384743000
1879 $1 MS S Deep Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base14315116316717918319420121222023025528835162010662029348256105938789014670
14515516417118018619620421422323826630944076813872513419157196588101500
0000001962042142232382663094407681387251341915719658800
0000001982082172262462773305309171708299749005828723900
1879 $1 MS S
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1231311351391431471511631711791862012202372723395869161599410345247818
12513213614014414815516517318119120722524829442169611432433424356220
00000015516517318119120722524829442169611432433424300
00000015916817618319621323126031650380613713268438300
Competitive Registry Sets
CategoriesSets
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Circulation Issue 2340
US Type Set, including Modern Issues 785
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, One-Per-Date 653
Basic US Type Set, No Gold (7070) 510
Basic US Type Set, with Gold (7070 + Page 5) 466
US Type Set, 1792-1964 346
Silver & Clad Dollar Type Set 316
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Complete 235
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, One-Per-Mint 163
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, PL and DPL Only 148
19th Century Series Type Set, Non-Proofs Only 104
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Circulated Coins Only 76
US Type Set, 1792-1964, Circulated Coins Only 69
19th Century Series Type Set, Non-Proofs Only - No Gold 67
San Francisco Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Circulation Issue 67
19th Century Series Type Set, Proofs & Non-Proofs - No Gold 66
19th Century Series Type Set, Proofs & Non-Proofs 63
Basic US Type Set, No Gold (7070), Circulated Coins Only 45
GSA Hard Pack Holders, Non-CC Morgan Dollars, 1878-1904 40
Basic US Type Set, with Gold (7070 + Page 5), Circulated Coins Only 36
19th Century Series Type Set, Circulated Coins Only 31
GSA Soft Pack Holders, Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921 28
1879 Mint Set 25
19th Century Series Type Set, Circulated Coins Only (No Gold) 22
GSA Hard Pack Holders Complete Set, Morgan Dollars, 1878-1904, Including Varieties 14
Hard and Soft Pack Holders Complete Set, Seated, Morgan and Peace Dollars 4
Redfield Holders, Morgan and Peace Dollars, 1878-1935, Including Varieties 3
GSA Hard and Soft Pack Holders Combined Set, Morgan Dollars, 1878-1893 3
Soft Pack Holders Complete Set, Seated, Morgan and Peace Dollars 2
Morgan Dollar VAM Varieties 0
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 10504
Owner: John Lab
 
Grade: MS 67
Points: 10333
Owner: Cellgazer
 
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