Coin Specifications

Category: Morgan Dollars (1878-1921)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 5,708,000
Obverse Designer: George T. Morgan
Reverse Designer: George T. Morgan
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 26.7300g
ASW: 0.7734oz
Melt Value: $13.74 (9/15/2019)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
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1881 O $1 MS obverse 1881 O $1 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

As opposed to the San Francisco issue of this date, the 1881-O Morgan is much harder to come by in mint state. Some 5.7 million pieces were struck, but it seems the majority of those went into circulation. Whereas NGC has graded over 100,000 MS64 1881-S Morgans, only about 4,300 examples have achieved that grade from the New Orleans Mint. (11/2016)

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/25/2019

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1881 O $1 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 28.00 30.00 32.00 35.00 38.00 40.00 42.00 45.00 50.00 55.00 60.00 65.00 75.00 195 1150 9750 - - - -
$ - - - - - - 62.00 70.00 100.00 275 2750 21000 - -
1881 O $1 MS Prooflike
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 100.00 125 155 195 425 3425 21000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - 140 170 215 800 - - - -
1881 O $1 MS Deep Prooflike
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 125 150 185 375 1000 10500 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - 165 215 480 1650 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 19714
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 62
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: 9/10/2019 1881 O $1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base43652217384210129267819610422912832243324789----18499
-----------161844247-----100
----------1--720655-----98
--------------1-------1
Total43652217384210129267919710482937838744214909----18698
 0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %1 %2 %4 %1 %6 %16 %45 %24 %3 %0 %---- 
1881 O $1 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------310298415721611131----614
------------12--------3
---------------11-----2
-----------------------
Total---------310298515921611241----619
 ---------0 %2 %5 %14 %26 %35 %18 %1 %0 %---- 
1881 O $1 MS Deep Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------1212472062051235-----601
--------------41------5
--------------12------3
-----------------------
Total---------1212472062101265-----609
 ---------0 %0 %2 %8 %34 %34 %21 %1 %----- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
1/18/1999 NGC MS 64   Teletrade Auction 1124, 1124/Lot# 1670 $98.10
3/19/2007 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2007 March Dallas, TX Final Session #433, 433/Lot# 8389 $230.00
9/14/2009 NGC MS 63   Deep Prooflike David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 410, 416/Lot# 707 $211.60
9/19/2010 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg September 19-21, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 60/Lot# 1719 $149.50
6/5/2011 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131124/Lot# 20735 $149.50
7/18/2014 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers IAuction 3491, 6042/Lot# 21263 $135.13
10/12/2014 NGC MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/12/2014, 190/Lot# 225630 $169.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1881 $1 MS O Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1351431511551671751831902012092202302823815159253281780880918382909211585
1381461521591701781851942042132232473154266521710479079028188861999230
0000001851942042132232473154266521710479079028188861900
0000001881972062162272653484707882496629979978285885500
1881 $1 MS O Deep Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base20121222023024125526527828830131733043753994919696509687572557651831510653
20521522323424625826928129230632136647167612893482663170027387787290940
00000026928129230632136647167612893482663170027387787200
00000027428529731232640150581216294996675371287519809400
1881 $1 MS O
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base123123123127131135143143147151163194216237288597204866166866712477549979
1231231241281321381431441481551732012232543911081357166996952733484960
0000001431441481551732012232543911081357166996952733400
0000001431461501591842092302714941564509367837038754400
Competitive Registry Sets
CategoriesSets
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Circulation Issue 2334
US Type Set, including Modern Issues 784
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, One-Per-Date 653
Basic US Type Set, No Gold (7070) 509
Basic US Type Set, with Gold (7070 + Page 5) 465
US Type Set, 1792-1964 345
Silver & Clad Dollar Type Set 315
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Complete 234
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, One-Per-Mint 163
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, PL and DPL Only 148
19th Century Series Type Set, Non-Proofs Only 104
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Circulated Coins Only 76
New Orleans Morgan Dollars, 1879-1904, Circulation Issue 75
US Type Set, 1792-1964, Circulated Coins Only 68
19th Century Series Type Set, Non-Proofs Only - No Gold 67
19th Century Series Type Set, Proofs & Non-Proofs - No Gold 65
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Hot 50 VAMs 63
19th Century Series Type Set, Proofs & Non-Proofs 63
Basic US Type Set, No Gold (7070), Circulated Coins Only 45
GSA Hard Pack Holders, Non-CC Morgan Dollars, 1878-1904 40
Basic US Type Set, with Gold (7070 + Page 5), Circulated Coins Only 35
1881 Mint Set 34
19th Century Series Type Set, Circulated Coins Only 31
GSA Soft Pack Holders, Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921 28
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Hit List 40 VAMs 26
19th Century Series Type Set, Circulated Coins Only (No Gold) 22
GSA Hard Pack Holders Complete Set, Morgan Dollars, 1878-1904, Including Varieties 13
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 3
Soft Pack Holders Complete Set, Seated, Morgan and Peace Dollars 2
Morgan Dollar VAM Varieties 0
Registry Image Gallery
Grade: MS 65
Points: 3238
Owner: Burnett
 
Grade: MS 65
Points: 3238
Owner: GSA_Gem_Quest
 
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