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: $21.67 (6/13/2021)
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: 6/11/2021

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1879 S REV OF 78 $1 TOP-100 MS
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Base $ 41.50 45.00 50.00 90.00 125 190 230 260 375 500 675 950 1875 2750 8500 42500 - - - -
$ 135 200 245 300 385 550 750 1100 2000 3150 22000 - - -
1879 S REV OF 78 $1 TOP-100 MS PL
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 450 725 1200 2500 7000 12500 - - - - -
$ - - - - - 550 875 1500 3250 8500 - - - -
1879 S REV OF 78 $1 TOP-100 MS DPL
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 1375 1900 2700 5000 8500 15500 - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2730
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: 6/8/2021 1879 S REV OF 78 $1 TOP-100 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base149134829354484206255146375561506264212----2603
----------124462------19
-------------9135------27
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Total149134829354484206256148379574525271212----2649
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1879 S REV OF 78 $1 TOP-100 MS PL
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Base--------1132154439821----116
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Total--------1132154440831----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
15516416817217718619620925833541155983315462705418371611039711150197264577769309
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1879 S REV OF 78 $1 TOP-100 MS DPL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base163171183194209230244272288311366194522682417348658536951885711759167475221696727
1651751861992162342532772953298922052231727734275621975869824134212857067053101563
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1879 S REV OF 78 $1 TOP-100 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base123131159159163167171183209237304450586908125221244083983810333108463017655902
12614015916016416817519221825935349569310231543277760011000310504172893875158697
000000175192218259353495693102315432777600110003105041728900
000000179200228282401541801113718333430792010168106752373300
Competitive Registry Sets
CategoriesSets
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Circulation Issue 3516
US Type Set, including Modern Issues 1264
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, One-Per-Date 1227
Basic US Type Set, No Gold (7070) 822
Basic US Type Set, with Gold (7070 + Page 5) 723
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Complete 672
US Type Set, 1792-1964 669
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, One-Per-Mint, Mint State 600
Silver & Clad Dollar Type Set 479
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Circulated Coins Only 294
US Type Set, 1792-1964, Circulated Coins Only 269
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, PL and DPL Only 198
San Francisco Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Circulation Issue 179
19th Century Series Type Set, Non-Proofs Only 177
Basic US Type Set, No Gold (7070), Circulated Coins Only 168
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Top-100 VAMs 162
Basic US Type Set, with Gold (7070 + Page 5), Circulated Coins Only 137
19th Century Series Type Set, Proofs & Non-Proofs 132
19th Century Series Type Set, Non-Proofs Only - No Gold 120
19th Century Series Type Set, Circulated Coins Only 120
19th Century Series Type Set, Proofs & Non-Proofs - No Gold 117
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Hot 50 VAMs 74
19th Century Series Type Set, Circulated Coins Only (No Gold) 66
19th Century Series Type Set, Proofs Only 34
19th Century Series Type Set, Proofs Only - No Gold 34
GSA Soft Pack Holders, Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921 29
Hard and Soft Pack Holders Complete Set, Seated, Morgan and Peace Dollars 17
Redfield Holders, Morgan and Peace Dollars, 1878-1935, Including Varieties 10
Soft Pack Holders Complete Set, Seated, Morgan and Peace Dollars 4
Registry Image Gallery
Grade: MS 65
Points: 4083
Owner: K M Lust
 
Grade: MS 64 PL
Points: 3447
Owner: coxe
 
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