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: $13.35 (10/16/2017)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
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1881 O S$1 MS obverse 1881 O S$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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Last Updated: 4/4/2016

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1881 O S$1 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 28.00 28.50 29.00 29.50 33.00 35.00 36.00 37.00 40.00 50.00 55.00 63.00 85.00 180 1450 16000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - 60.00 70.00 95.00 275 3550 28500 - -
1881 O S$1 MS Prooflike
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 58.00 73.00 105 165 365 3900 28500 - - - -
$ - - - - - - 82.00 120 175 460 - - - -
1881 O S$1 MS Deep Prooflike
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 90.00 135 175 375 1100 14500 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - 145 215 445 2350 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 18453
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 66


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5/31/2001 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2001 June Long Beach Signature Sale #263, 263/Lot# 6408 $13,800.00
5/5/2004 PCGS MS 64   Deep Prooflike Heritage Auctions 2004 May (CSNS) Signature Sale #346, 346/Lot# 8291 $1,121.25
9/13/2006 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2006 September Long Beach, CA Signature Auction #416, 416/Lot# 5045 $1,092.50
11/19/2007 NGC MS 62   Deep Prooflike David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 196, 202/Lot# 717 $115.00
3/10/2008 PCGS MS 62   Prooflike Teletrade Auction 2501, 2501/Lot# 1638 $78.40
2/3/2013 NGC MS 65   Goldberg February 3-6, 2013 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 72/Lot# 1423 $977.50
4/28/2013 PCGS MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/28/2013, 72/Lot# 111877 $50.00
6/27/2014 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 2150 $998.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1881 S$1 MS O Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1351431511551671751831902012092202302823815159253281780880918382909211585
1381461521591701781851942042132232473154266521710479079028188861999230
0000001851942042132232473154266521710479079028188861900
0000001881972062162272653484707882496629979978285885500
1881 S$1 MS O Deep Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base20121222023024125526527828830131733043753994919696509687572557651831510653
20521522323424625826928129230632136647167612893482663170027387787290940
00000026928129230632136647167612893482663170027387787200
00000027428529731232640150581216294996675371287519809400
1881 S$1 MS O
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base123123123127131135143143147151163194216237288597204866166866712477549979
1231231241281321381431441481551732012232543911081357166996952733484960
0000001431441481551732012232543911081357166996952733400
0000001431461501591842092302714941564509367837038754400
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 3238
Owner: Burnett
 
Grade: MS 65
Points: 3238
Owner: GSA_Gem_Quest
 
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