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: $19.24 (1/16/2021)
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: 10/28/2020

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1881 CC $1 MS
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Base $ 320 375 415 435 450 465 475 490 500 510 520 540 560 585 800 1450 4500 32500 - -
$ 455 470 480 495 505 515 530 550 570 650 950 1800 10000 -
1881 CC $1 MS PL
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 555 600 625 650 850 1450 3500 10000 - - -
$ - - - - - 575 615 640 725 1000 1800 6000 - -
1881 CC $1 MS DPL
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 600 650 700 925 1450 2900 8000 30000 - - -
$ - - - - - 625 675 765 1080 2000 4000 14750 - -

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Disclaimer: The prices listed in the various NGC Price and Value Guides are compiled from a number of independent, third party sources in the numismatic community which NGC believes to be reliable. Prices provided are averages, not specific prices for individual coins. Further, because these prices are only updated from time to time, they do not reflect short term pricing trends, which are quite common and are often quite dramatic, given the volatile nature of the collectible coin marketplace. This is especially true for rare coins, where there are fewer sales and greater variations in sale prices. For all of these reasons, the prices in these guides are designed to serve merely as one of many measures and factors that coin buyers and sellers can use in determining coin values. These prices are not intended, and should not be relied upon, to replace the due diligence and — when appropriate — expert consultation that coin buyers and sellers should undertake when entering into a coin transaction. As such, NGC disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information contained in the NGC Guides. By using the NGC Guides, the user agrees that neither NGC nor any of its affiliates, shareholders, officers, employees or agents shall have any liability for any loss or damage of any kind, including without limitation any loss arising from reliance on the information contained in the Guides.

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 23922
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: 1/12/2021 1881 CC $1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base308892928216173671621239175761137999407512621873--22105
-----------1262344372461--144
-------------2624241419113415---1022
---------------6-3----9
Total308892928216173671622241178963788463430314232084--23280
 0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%1%8%27%36%18%6%1%0%-- 
1881 CC $1 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----------331156384407109163---1109
-------------24212----11
-------------181584----36
---------------11-----2
Total-----------331159396425119223---1158
 -----------0%3%14%34%37%10%2%0%--- 
1881 CC $1 MS DPL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----------1209319828988163---708
--------------135-----9
--------------51065----26
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Total-----------1209320430299213---743
 -----------0%3%13%27%41%13%3%0%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1881 CC $1 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base663802941102110511103111711381159117311861213124612841333153120873126481788491552528296
7098489681031106811081124114511641177119512241259130013991716243336906161110741978229711
00000011241145116411771195122412591300139917162433369061611107400
00000011311152116811821204123512711317146519022780425375051330000
1881 CC $1 MS DPL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base70585699010811117116611791200121312261239125213031363160921613260499211246115292151039488
755901102010931133117011861204121712301243126913231445179325273837707711340148562750341462
000000118612041217123012431269132314451793252738377077113401485600
000000119312091222123512481286134315271977289444159161114351818300
1881 CC $1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6207458919669971036105110731103112411521173119312191252135717072124403285151186821500
66279491697610101041105810831110113311591180120212301287147418462760552696331507922575
0000001058108311101133115911801202123012871474184627605526963300
00000010661093111711431166118612101241132215901985339670211075000
Competitive Registry Sets
CategoriesSets
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Circulation Issue 3207
US Type Set, including Modern Issues 1135
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, One-Per-Date 1082
Basic US Type Set, No Gold (7070) 734
Basic US Type Set, with Gold (7070 + Page 5) 644
US Type Set, 1792-1964 592
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Complete 551
Carson City Morgan Dollars, 1878-1893 500
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, One-Per-Mint, Mint State 493
Silver & Clad Dollar Type Set 425
GSA Hard Pack Holders Basic Set, Carson City Morgan Dollars, 1878-1891 356
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Circulated Coins Only 240
US Type Set, 1792-1964, Circulated Coins Only 216
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, PL and DPL Only 182
19th Century Series Type Set, Non-Proofs Only 153
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Top-100 VAMs 150
Basic US Type Set, No Gold (7070), Circulated Coins Only 142
Philadelphia Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Circulation Issue 130
Basic US Type Set, with Gold (7070 + Page 5), Circulated Coins Only 113
19th Century Series Type Set, Proofs & Non-Proofs 110
19th Century Series Type Set, Non-Proofs Only - No Gold 107
19th Century Series Type Set, Proofs & Non-Proofs - No Gold 102
19th Century Series Type Set, Circulated Coins Only 93
Carson City Type Set, 1870-1893, One-Per-Denomination 61
19th Century Series Type Set, Circulated Coins Only (No Gold) 56
1881 Mint Set 50
GSA Hard Pack Holders Complete Set, Carson City Morgan Dollars, 1878-1893, Including Varieties 50
GSA Hard Pack Holders Complete Set, Morgan Dollars, 1878-1904, Including Varieties 33
GSA Soft Pack Holders, Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921 29
GSA Hard and Soft Pack Holders Combined Set, Morgan Dollars, 1878-1893 17
Hard and Soft Pack Holders Complete Set, Seated, Morgan and Peace Dollars 14
Soft Pack Holders Complete Set, Seated, Morgan and Peace Dollars 3
Morgan Dollar VAM Varieties 0
Registry Image Gallery
Grade: MS 68
Points: 9633
Owner: AYWP
 
Grade: MS 66 DPL
Points: 9323
Owner: nfcarsoncity
 
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