Coin Specifications

Category: Morgan Dollars (1878-1921)
Mint: Carson City
Mintage: 296,000
Obverse Designer: George T. Morgan
Reverse Designer: George T. Morgan
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 26.7300g
ASW: 0.7734oz
Melt Value: $12.30 (2/21/2019)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
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1881 CC $1 MS obverse 1881 CC $1 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Although a fair number of dies were sent to the Carson City Mint in 1881 for the striking of Morgan silver dollars, it seems that the supply of silver to the fledgling branch mint dried up after the first quarter of the year. This led to a meager production of less than 300,000 silver dollars. Luckily for the collectors of today, nearly half of those coins survived in original bags until the GSA sales. To show what a huge affect this had on the number of survivors, one need only look at a coin with a slightly large mintage, the 1893-O. To date, NGC has graded only 2 examples of that coin in gem, compared to nearly 4,000 of the 1881-CC! (11/2016)

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 2/8/2019

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1881 CC $1 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 260 340 385 405 430 455 475 490 510 525 540 580 610 675 925 1425 5000 36500 - -
$ - - - - - - 560 590 630 725 1100 2000 10500 -
1881 CC $1 MS Prooflike
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - 530 555 600 625 686 823 1510 3250 9250 - - -
$ - - - - - - 615 640 725 1000 1800 5750 - -
1881 CC $1 MS Deep Prooflike
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 585 625 710 925 1440 3650 8650 60500 - - -
$ - - - - - - 650 765 1075 2000 5100 13000 - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 22680
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 68

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, 67 series, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 2/18/2019 1881 CC $1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base288183847616173671421221160055927674398712571763--20946
-----------1252040352461--134
-------------2421338417312710---931
---------------5-2----7
Total288183847616173671422223162958258103419514101924--22018
 0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %1 %7 %26 %37 %19 %6 %1 %0 %-- 
1881 CC $1 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----------329140357397107132---1048
-------------24212----11
-------------171363----30
---------------11-----2
Total-----------329143368413115182---1091
 -----------0 %3 %13 %34 %38 %11 %2 %0 %--- 
1881 CC $1 MS Deep Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----------1208419128587153---686
--------------125-----8
--------------5842----19
-----------------------
Total-----------1208419729596173---713
 -----------0 %3 %12 %28 %41 %13 %2 %0 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
11/13/1996 NGC VF 30   Teletrade Auction 0893, 893/Lot# 1728 $92.65
12/4/2006 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2006 December On Line Session #421, 421/Lot# 8116 $431.25
9/23/2007 NGC MS 64   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 2950 $460.00
4/6/2014 PCGS MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/06/2014, 175/Lot# 180742 $918.50
5/19/2014 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3482, 6031/Lot# 20391 $558.13
7/13/2014 PCGS MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 812, 821/Lot# 169 $1,600.00
  PCGS MS 64   Deep Prooflike Bonhams $1,404.00
2/4/2016 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2016 February 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1232/Lot# 7978 $528.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1881 $1 MS CC Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base663802941102110511103111711381159117311861213124612841333153120873126481788491552528296
709848968103110681108112411451164117711951224125913001399171624333690616111074197820
00000011241145116411771195122412591300139917162433369061611107400
00000011311152116811821204123512711317146519022780425375051330000
1881 $1 MS CC Deep Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base70585699010811117116611791200121312261239125213031363160921613260499211246115292151039488
75590110201093113311701186120412171230124312691323144517932527383770771134014856275030
000000118612041217123012431269132314451793252738377077113401485600
000000119312091222123512481286134315271977289444159161114351818300
1881 $1 MS CC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6207458919669971036105110731103112411521173119312191252135717072124403285151186821500
6627949169761010104110581083111011331159118012021230128714741846276055269633150790
0000001058108311101133115911801202123012871474184627605526963300
00000010661093111711431166118612101241132215901985339670211075000
Competitive Registry Sets
CategoriesSets
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Circulation Issue 2068
US Type Set, including Modern Issues 705
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, One-Per-Date 557
Basic US Type Set, No Gold (7070) 449
Basic US Type Set, with Gold (7070 + Page 5) 429
Carson City Morgan Dollars, 1878-1893 304
US Type Set, 1792-1964 291
Silver & Clad Dollar Type Set 282
GSA Hard Pack Holders Basic Set, Carson City Morgan Dollars, 1878-1891 261
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Complete 138
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, PL and DPL Only 134
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Top-100 VAMs 102
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, One-Per-Mint 97
19th Century Series Type Set, Non-Proofs Only 90
19th Century Series Type Set, Non-Proofs Only - No Gold 56
19th Century Series Type Set, Proofs & Non-Proofs 53
19th Century Series Type Set, Proofs & Non-Proofs - No Gold 53
Philadelphia Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Circulation Issue 42
US Type Set, 1792-1964, Circulated Coins Only 38
1881 Mint Set 31
Carson City Type Set, 1870-1893, One-Per-Denomination 30
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Circulated Coins Only 26
GSA Soft Pack Holders, Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921 25
Basic US Type Set, No Gold (7070), Circulated Coins Only 24
Basic US Type Set, with Gold (7070 + Page 5), Circulated Coins Only 20
19th Century Series Type Set, Circulated Coins Only 15
19th Century Series Type Set, Circulated Coins Only (No Gold) 14
GSA Hard Pack Holders Complete Set, Carson City Morgan Dollars, 1878-1893, Including Varieties 11
GSA Hard Pack Holders Complete Set, Morgan Dollars, 1878-1904, Including Varieties 10
Hard and Soft Pack Holders Complete Set, Seated, Morgan and Peace Dollars 4
GSA Hard and Soft Pack Holders Combined Set, Morgan Dollars, 1878-1893 2
Soft Pack Holders Complete Set, Seated, Morgan and Peace Dollars 2
Morgan Dollar VAM Varieties 0
Registry Image Gallery
Grade: MS 68
Points: 9633
Owner: AYWP
 
Grade: MS 66 DPL
Points: 8372
Owner: nfcarsoncity
 
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