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: $12.78 (5/24/2018)
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: 4/4/2016

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1881 O $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 $1 MS Prooflike
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 58.00 73.00 105 165 365 3900 28500 - - - -
$ - - - - - - 82.00 120 175 460 - - - -
1881 O $1 MS Deep Prooflike
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 90.00 135 175 375 1100 14500 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - 145 215 445 2350 - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 18807
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: 5/21/2018 1881 O $1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base235521143537962676251759312664792942894898----17595
-----------161743237-----97
-------------716574-----84
--------------1-------1
Total235521143537962676251769372688798943695008----17777
 0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %1 %2 %4 %1 %5 %15 %45 %25 %3 %0 %---- 
1881 O $1 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------39267914721111731----596
------------11--------2
----------------1-----1
-----------------------
Total---------39268014821111741----599
 ---------1 %2 %4 %13 %25 %35 %20 %1 %0 %---- 
1881 O $1 MS Deep Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------1211462092161265-----616
--------------41------5
--------------11------2
-----------------------
Total---------1211462092211285-----623
 ---------0 %0 %2 %7 %34 %35 %21 %1 %----- 

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2/26/1996 PCGS MS 63   Teletrade Auction 0818, 818/Lot# 633 $39.24
2/22/2005 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #25031, 25031/Lot# 11986 $42.00
2/3/2011 NGC MS 63   Deep Prooflike David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 555, 562/Lot# 7310 $322.00
12/25/2011 PCGS MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/25/2011, 150/Lot# 29158 $62.22
2/3/2013 PCGS MS 63   Deep Prooflike Goldberg February 3-6, 2013 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 72/Lot# 761 $333.50
6/3/2014 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 4248 $146.88
12/5/2014 NGC MS 63   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3511, 6080/Lot# 20362 $70.50
10/8/2017 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131742/Lot# 25658 $156.00
10/29/2017 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131745/Lot# 21414 $132.00


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 2012
US Type Set, including Modern Issues 677
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, One-Per-Date 525
Basic US Type Set, No Gold (7070) 436
Basic US Type Set, with Gold (7070 + Page 5) 421
Silver & Clad Dollar Type Set 277
US Type Set, 1792-1964 277
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, PL and DPL Only 132
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Complete 128
19th Century Series Type Set, Non-Proofs Only 88
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, One-Per-Mint 74
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Hot 50 VAMs 59
19th Century Series Type Set, Non-Proofs Only - No Gold 56
19th Century Series Type Set, Proofs & Non-Proofs 52
19th Century Series Type Set, Proofs & Non-Proofs - No Gold 52
New Orleans Morgan Dollars, 1879-1904, Circulation Issue 41
GSA Hard Pack Holders, Non-CC Morgan Dollars, 1878-1904 38
1881 Mint Set 31
GSA Soft Pack Holders, Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921 25
US Type Set, 1792-1964, Circulated Coins Only 25
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Circulated Coins Only 19
Basic US Type Set, No Gold (7070), Circulated Coins Only 19
Basic US Type Set, with Gold (7070 + Page 5), Circulated Coins Only 17
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Hit List 40 VAMs 16
19th Century Series Type Set, Circulated Coins Only 15
19th Century Series Type Set, Circulated Coins Only (No Gold) 15
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 3
GSA Hard and Soft Pack Holders Combined Set, Morgan Dollars, 1878-1893 1
Morgan Dollar VAM Varieties 0
Soft Pack Holders Complete Set, Seated, Morgan and Peace Dollars 0
Registry Image Gallery
Grade: MS 65
Points: 3238
Owner: Burnett
 
Grade: MS 65
Points: 3238
Owner: GSA_Gem_Quest
 
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