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: $20.63 (8/5/2020)
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.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/17/2020

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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 96.00 150 295 800 4750 - -
$ - - - - - - - 70.00 80.00 100.00 175 400 1600 21750
1879 S $1 MS PL
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 75.00 85.00 100.00 150 190 275 525 1900 15000 - -
$ - - - - - - - 125 175 210 450 775 3400 -
1879 S $1 MS DPL
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 100.00 140 170 290 535 1195 3300 11000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 360 565 1450 4900 - -

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Disclaimer: The prices listed in the various NGC Price and Value Guides are compiled from a number of independent, third party sources in the numismatic community which NGC believes to be reliable. Prices provided are averages, not specific prices for individual coins. Further, because these prices are only updated from time to time, they do not reflect short term pricing trends, which are quite common and are often quite dramatic, given the volatile nature of the collectible coin marketplace. This is especially true for rare coins, where there are fewer sales and greater variations in sale prices. For all of these reasons, the prices in these guides are designed to serve merely as one of many measures and factors that coin buyers and sellers can use in determining coin values. These prices are not intended, and should not be relied upon, to replace the due diligence and — when appropriate — expert consultation that coin buyers and sellers should undertake when entering into a coin transaction. As such, NGC disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information contained in the NGC Guides. By using the NGC Guides, the user agrees that neither NGC nor any of its affiliates, shareholders, officers, employees or agents shall have any liability for any loss or damage of any kind, including without limitation any loss arising from reliance on the information contained in the Guides.

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 108507
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: 8/4/2020 1879 S $1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base371871791510276713772444342122397431342389274852038170--103370
------------88639760238821016110--1862
-------------237506366184713--1169
--------------388165---40
Total371871791510276713772452350922834442502465478952275183--106441
 0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%3%21%42%23%7%2%0%-- 
1879 S $1 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------32271739082035995289633--4498
--------------1115954---44
--------------11138----23
------------------3---3
Total----------322717392020611007302703--4568
 ----------0%0%1%4%20%45%22%7%2%0%-- 
1879 S $1 MS DPL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------1451202234107292---639
----------------1-----1
--------------22------4
-----------------1----1
Total------------1451204236108302---645
 ------------2%8%32%37%17%5%0%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1879 S $1 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base12713513914314715917117918619420923025530146356389113032124701476388897
129136140144151163173181188199216238270355496672102815763754722280570
000000173181188199216238270355496672102815763754722200
000000176183191204223246285409529781116518505384743000
1879 S $1 MS DPL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base14315116316717918319420121222023025528835162010662029348256105938789014670
14515516417118018619620421422323826630944076813872513419157196588101500
0000001962042142232382663094407681387251341915719658800
0000001982082172262462773305309171708299749005828723900
1879 S $1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1231311351391431471511631711791862012202372723395869161599410345247818
12513213614014414815516517318119120722524829442169611432433424356220
00000015516517318119120722524829442169611432433424300
00000015916817618319621323126031650380613713268438300
Competitive Registry Sets
CategoriesSets
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Circulation Issue 2836
US Type Set, including Modern Issues 1003
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, One-Per-Date 940
Basic US Type Set, No Gold (7070) 652
Basic US Type Set, with Gold (7070 + Page 5) 587
US Type Set, 1792-1964 509
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Complete 438
Silver & Clad Dollar Type Set 389
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, One-Per-Mint, Mint State 379
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Circulated Coins Only 184
US Type Set, 1792-1964, Circulated Coins Only 173
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, PL and DPL Only 165
19th Century Series Type Set, Non-Proofs Only 139
San Francisco Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Circulation Issue 123
Basic US Type Set, No Gold (7070), Circulated Coins Only 106
19th Century Series Type Set, Proofs & Non-Proofs 99
19th Century Series Type Set, Non-Proofs Only - No Gold 93
19th Century Series Type Set, Proofs & Non-Proofs - No Gold 91
Basic US Type Set, with Gold (7070 + Page 5), Circulated Coins Only 89
19th Century Series Type Set, Circulated Coins Only 69
19th Century Series Type Set, Circulated Coins Only (No Gold) 50
GSA Hard Pack Holders, Non-CC Morgan Dollars, 1878-1904 45
1879 Mint Set 34
GSA Soft Pack Holders, Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921 30
GSA Hard Pack Holders Complete Set, Morgan Dollars, 1878-1904, Including Varieties 30
GSA Hard and Soft Pack Holders Combined Set, Morgan Dollars, 1878-1893 16
Hard and Soft Pack Holders Complete Set, Seated, Morgan and Peace Dollars 11
Redfield Holders, Morgan and Peace Dollars, 1878-1935, Including Varieties 5
Soft Pack Holders Complete Set, Seated, Morgan and Peace Dollars 2
Morgan Dollar VAM Varieties 0
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Grade: MS 68
Points: 4243
Owner: AYWP
 
Grade: MS 68
Points: 4103
Owner: GauchoDave
 
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