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: $13.29 (9/20/2017)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
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1879 S REV OF 78 TOP-100 S$1 MS obverse 1879 S REV OF 78 TOP-100 S$1 MS 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: 8/30/2017

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1879 S REV OF 78 TOP-100 S$1 MS
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$ - - 58.00 66.00 - - - 520 900 2200 - - - -
1879 S REV OF 78 TOP-100 S$1 MS Prooflike
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 200 275 550 2000 5000 12500 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 600 2550 - - - - -
1879 S REV OF 78 TOP-100 S$1 MS Deep Prooflike
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 1275 1700 2050 4100 8500 15500 - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2464
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66


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9/6/2004 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg September 6-7, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 26/Lot# 986 $1,322.50
4/10/2008 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 237, 243/Lot# 6111 $388.70
8/3/2008 PCGS MS 63   Teletrade Auction 2565, 2565/Lot# 1732 $336.00
7/12/2012 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2012 July 12-15 US Coin Summer FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(2), 1172/Lot# 4243 $2,185.00
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
9/22/2013 NGC MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/22/2013, 93/Lot# 138692 $1,157.20
3/20/2014 NGC MS 65   Prooflike Heritage Auctions 2014 March 20 The Collection of Donald E. Bently - Bently Foundation US Coins Signature Auction - San Francisco Session(1), 1205/Lot# 30158 $12,337.50
7/11/2014 NGC MS 63   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3490, 6041/Lot# 20425 $522.88


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1879 S REV OF 78 TOP-100 S$1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base123131159159163167171183209237304450586908125221244083983810333108463017655902
1251401591601641681751912182593524956931022154227776001100031050417289387510
000000175191218259352495693102215422777600110003105041728900
000000179200227281401540800113718333430791910168106752373200
1879 S REV OF 78 TOP-100 S$1 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base15116316717117518319420122732036650267411522335344756561017310846117593566266009
1551641681721771861962092583354115598331546270541837161103971115019726457770
000000196209258335411559833154627054183716110397111501972600
000000198218289350456616992194030764919866710621114542769400
1879 S REV OF 78 TOP-100 S$1 MS Deep Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base163171183194209230244272288311366194522682417348658536951885711759167475221696727
16517518619921623425327729532989220522317277342756219758698241342128570670530
0000002532772953298922052231727734275621975869824134212857000
000000262282303347141821602367312950646585822110791150844039300
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 4083
Owner: K M Lust
 
Grade: MS 64 PL
Points: 3447
Owner: coxe
 
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