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: $13.44 (10/16/2019)
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: 9/27/2019

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1879 S REV OF 78 TOP-100 $1 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 30.00 40.00 50.00 90.00 125 190 230 260 375 410 635 1100 2000 2650 9500 45000 - - - -
$ - - 245 300 - - - 1300 2325 3250 25500 - - -
1879 S REV OF 78 TOP-100 $1 MS Prooflike
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 450 725 1150 2425 6875 13500 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 1500 3100 8500 - - - -
1879 S REV OF 78 TOP-100 $1 MS Deep Prooflike
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 1280 1880 2725 4400 8750 16700 - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2538
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: 10/8/2019 1879 S REV OF 78 TOP-100 $1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base14793926314069171226125345530503264211----2412
----------124552------19
-------------9135------27
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Total14793926314069171227127349544521271211----2458
 0 %0 %0 %0 %2 %1 %1 %2 %3 %7 %9 %5 %14 %22 %21 %11 %1 %0 %---- 
1879 S REV OF 78 TOP-100 $1 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------1132154340721----115
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--------------1-------1
----------------1-----1
Total--------1132154341731----117
 --------1 %1 %3 %2 %13 %37 %35 %6 %3 %1 %---- 
1879 S REV OF 78 TOP-100 $1 MS Deep Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------24311-----11
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Total------------24311-----11
 ------------18 %36 %27 %9 %9 %----- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Service
Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
5/31/2004 NGC MS 67   Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 836 $1,265.00
9/28/2009 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 414, 420/Lot# 678 $393.30
12/8/2011 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2011 December 8-11 US Coins Signature Auction- New York Session(5), 1162/Lot# 8959 $276.00
7/12/2012 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2012 July 12-15 US Coin Summer FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(5), 1172/Lot# 9130 $805.00
7/26/2012 NGC MS 63   Stack's Bowers The August 2012 Philadelphia ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 140/Lot# 9402 $690.00
8/26/2012 NGC MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/26/2012, 37/Lot# 70482 $509.30
10/28/2012 NGC AU 55   Teletrade Auction 3371, 3371/Lot# 2755 $80.00
1/7/2015 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(9), 1216/Lot# 10719 $1,292.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1879 S $1 MS REV OF 78 TOP-100 Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base15116316717117518319420122732036650267411522335344756561017310846117593566266009
1551641681721771861962092583354115598331546270541837161103971115019726457770
000000196209258335411559833154627054183716110397111501972600
000000198218289350456616992194030764919866710621114542769400
1879 S $1 MS REV OF 78 TOP-100 Deep Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base163171183194209230244272288311366194522682417348658536951885711759167475221696727
16517518619921623425327729532989220522317277342756219758698241342128570670530
0000002532772953298922052231727734275621975869824134212857000
000000262282303347141821602367312950646585822110791150844039300
1879 S $1 MS REV OF 78 TOP-100
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base123131159159163167171183209237304450586908125221244083983810333108463017655902
1251401591601641681751912182593524956931022154227776001100031050417289387510
000000175191218259352495693102215422777600110003105041728900
000000179200227281401540800113718333430791910168106752373200
Competitive Registry Sets
CategoriesSets
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Circulation Issue 2376
US Type Set, including Modern Issues 800
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, One-Per-Date 671
Basic US Type Set, No Gold (7070) 518
Basic US Type Set, with Gold (7070 + Page 5) 470
US Type Set, 1792-1964 360
Silver & Clad Dollar Type Set 323
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Complete 246
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, One-Per-Mint 167
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, PL and DPL Only 151
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Top-100 VAMs 116
19th Century Series Type Set, Non-Proofs Only 105
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Circulated Coins Only 87
US Type Set, 1792-1964, Circulated Coins Only 74
San Francisco Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Circulation Issue 69
19th Century Series Type Set, Non-Proofs Only - No Gold 67
19th Century Series Type Set, Proofs & Non-Proofs - No Gold 66
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Hot 50 VAMs 63
19th Century Series Type Set, Proofs & Non-Proofs 63
Basic US Type Set, No Gold (7070), Circulated Coins Only 46
Basic US Type Set, with Gold (7070 + Page 5), Circulated Coins Only 36
19th Century Series Type Set, Circulated Coins Only 32
GSA Soft Pack Holders, Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921 28
19th Century Series Type Set, Circulated Coins Only (No Gold) 23
19th Century Series Type Set, Proofs Only - No Gold 20
19th Century Series Type Set, Proofs Only 18
Redfield Holders, Morgan and Peace Dollars, 1878-1935, Including Varieties 3
Hard and Soft Pack Holders Complete Set, Seated, Morgan and Peace Dollars 3
Soft Pack Holders Complete Set, Seated, Morgan and Peace Dollars 2
Registry Image Gallery
Grade: MS 65
Points: 4083
Owner: K M Lust
 
Grade: MS 64 PL
Points: 3447
Owner: coxe
 
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