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: $19.00 (9/22/2020)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
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1879 S REV OF 78 TOP-100 $1 M obverse 1879 S REV OF 78 TOP-100 $1 M reverse
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Description & Analysis

Of the 9.1 million Morgan dollars struck at the San Francisco Mint in 1879, a small number were struck using reverse dies from 1878. These feature a flatter breasted eagle and a parallel top arrow feather. This variety is very popular today and is worth a large premium, especially in mint state.

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Last Updated: 7/17/2020

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1879 S REV OF 78 $1 TOP-100 MS
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Base $ 30.00 40.00 50.00 90.00 125 190 230 245 375 410 650 1100 2175 3175 9500 45000 - - - -
$ - - 245 300 - - - 1300 2325 3250 25500 - - -
1879 S REV OF 78 $1 TOP-100 MS PL
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 450 725 1270 2625 6875 13500 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 1500 3100 8500 - - - -
1879 S REV OF 78 $1 TOP-100 MS DPL
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 1280 1880 2850 4400 8750 16700 - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2651
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 60
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 S REV OF 78 $1 TOP-100 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base148124329334478193241139360547504265212----2524
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-------------9135------27
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Total148124329334478193242141364561523272212----2571
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1879 S REV OF 78 $1 TOP-100 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------1132154440721----116
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Total--------1132154441731----118
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1879 S REV OF 78 $1 TOP-100 MS DPL
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Base------------24311-----11
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Total------------24311-----11
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1879 S REV OF 78 $1 TOP-100 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base15116316717117518319420122732036650267411522335344756561017310846117593566266009
1551641681721771861962092583354115598331546270541837161103971115019726457770
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1879 S REV OF 78 $1 TOP-100 MS DPL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base163171183194209230244272288311366194522682417348658536951885711759167475221696727
16517518619921623425327729532989220522317277342756219758698241342128570670530
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1879 S REV OF 78 $1 TOP-100 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base123131159159163167171183209237304450586908125221244083983810333108463017655902
1261401591601641681751922182593534956931023154327776001100031050417289387510
000000175192218259353495693102315432777600110003105041728900
000000179200228282401541801113718333430792010168106752373300
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
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
San Francisco Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Circulation Issue 131
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
GSA Soft Pack Holders, Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921 29
19th Century Series Type Set, Proofs Only - No Gold 28
19th Century Series Type Set, Proofs Only 27
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
Registry Image Gallery
Grade: MS 65
Points: 4083
Owner: K M Lust
 
Grade: MS 64 PL
Points: 3447
Owner: coxe
 
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