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: $14.24 (2/26/2017)
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: 12/30/2015

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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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1879 S REV OF 78 TOP-100 S$1 MS Deep Prooflike
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2423
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66


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8/5/2010 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 503, 510/Lot# 5484 $402.50
2/20/2011 PCGS MS 62   Teletrade Auction 3017, 3017/Lot# 1970 $276.00
5/27/2012 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg May 27-31, 2012 The May Pre-Long Beach Auction, 69/Lot# 1339 $1,437.50
5/27/2012 NGC Details AU Details  Goldberg May 27-31, 2012 The May Pre-Long Beach Auction, 69/Lot# 690 $92.00
1/6/2013 PCGS MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/06/2013, 56/Lot# 88263 $605.00
6/2/2014 NGC MS 63   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3484, 6033/Lot# 20327 $522.88
6/4/2015 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2015 June 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(3), 1221/Lot# 4814 $1,057.50
1/3/2016 NGC MS 60   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131602/Lot# 23331 $223.25


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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