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: $11.49 (4/23/2019)
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)

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/23/2019

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1881 O $1 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 29.70 30.40 31.00 31.50 35.10 37.10 38.10 39.10 43.00 52.00 54.00 70.00 88.00 182 1380 13500 - - - -
$ - - - - - - 60.00 70.00 95.00 275 3450 28500 - -
1881 O $1 MS Prooflike
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 58.00 73.00 105 165 365 3850 28500 - - - -
$ - - - - - - 82.00 120 175 460 - - - -
1881 O $1 MS Deep Prooflike
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 90.00 135 175 360 1060 14500 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - 145 215 445 2350 - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 19480
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: 4/23/2019 1881 O $1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base4355211638399828566519110172864821943204789----18277
-----------161844247-----100
-------------719645-----95
--------------1-------1
Total4355211638399828566519210232889828344084909----18473
 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---------39288315121511131----604
------------12--------3
---------------11-----2
-----------------------
Total---------39288415321511241----609
 ---------0 %1 %5 %14 %25 %35 %18 %1 %0 %---- 
1881 O $1 MS Deep Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------1212472042051235-----599
--------------41------5
--------------11------2
-----------------------
Total---------1212472042101255-----606
 ---------0 %0 %2 %8 %34 %35 %21 %1 %----- 

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4/24/2019 MS 63  Prooflike Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131917/Lot# 27471
4/28/2019 MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2019 April 25 - 28 Central States (CSNS) US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(5), 1294/Lot# 7782


Auction Prices Realized

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10/21/1998 NGC MS 64   Teletrade Auction 1098, 1098/Lot# 1875 $98.10
2/20/2005 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 1847 $1,380.00
12/12/2005 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #66, 71/Lot# 742 $161.00
9/22/2010 PCGS MS 64   Deep Prooflike Heritage Auctions 2010 September Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1144, 1144/Lot# 4481 $1,610.00
12/16/2012 PCGS AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/16/2012, 53/Lot# 89776 $58.31
4/28/2013 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131319/Lot# 21104 $152.75
6/1/2014 PCGS MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/01/2014, 198/Lot# 196925 $68.20
5/31/2015 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131523/Lot# 23647 $235.00
7/17/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers July 2015 Baltimore Auction, 6105/Lot# 4502 $4,112.50


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 2112
US Type Set, including Modern Issues 715
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, One-Per-Date 569
Basic US Type Set, No Gold (7070) 461
Basic US Type Set, with Gold (7070 + Page 5) 437
US Type Set, 1792-1964 298
Silver & Clad Dollar Type Set 285
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Complete 150
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, PL and DPL Only 136
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, One-Per-Mint 102
19th Century Series Type Set, Non-Proofs Only 90
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Hot 50 VAMs 59
19th Century Series Type Set, Non-Proofs Only - No Gold 57
19th Century Series Type Set, Proofs & Non-Proofs - No Gold 54
New Orleans Morgan Dollars, 1879-1904, Circulation Issue 53
19th Century Series Type Set, Proofs & Non-Proofs 52
US Type Set, 1792-1964, Circulated Coins Only 44
GSA Hard Pack Holders, Non-CC Morgan Dollars, 1878-1904 37
1881 Mint Set 31
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Circulated Coins Only 31
Basic US Type Set, No Gold (7070), Circulated Coins Only 27
GSA Soft Pack Holders, Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921 26
Basic US Type Set, with Gold (7070 + Page 5), Circulated Coins Only 21
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Hit List 40 VAMs 17
19th Century Series Type Set, Circulated Coins Only 16
19th Century Series Type Set, Circulated Coins Only (No Gold) 14
GSA Hard Pack Holders Complete Set, Morgan Dollars, 1878-1904, Including Varieties 11
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
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 3238
Owner: Burnett
 
Grade: MS 65
Points: 3238
Owner: GSA_Gem_Quest
 
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