Coin Specifications

Category: Morgan Dollars (1878-1921)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 12,760,000
Obverse Designer: George T. Morgan
Reverse Designer: George T. Morgan
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 26.7300g
ASW: 0.7734oz
Melt Value: $11.83 (6/26/2019)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
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1881 S $1 MS obverse 1881 S $1 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The 1881-S Morgan dollar is easily one of the most commonly encountered mint state Morgans today. By some estimations, perhaps a third of the original 12.7 million coin mintage exists today in mint state. If a collector is looking for a very high grade Morgan for their collection, the most readily available will certainly be an 1881-S. Astonishingly, NGC has graded just over a quarter million 1881-S Morgan dollars in mint state, ranging from MS60 to MS68 DPL! (11/2016)

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/20/2019

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1881 S $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 85.00 140 260 800 5500 45000 -
$ - - - - - - - 70.00 80.00 100.00 185 375 1250 14000
1881 S $1 MS Prooflike
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 75.00 85.00 100.00 150 190 315 525 1450 10000 - -
$ - - - - - - - - 170 225 370 800 2700 -
1881 S $1 MS Deep Prooflike
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 100.00 140 170 265 390 960 2600 12500 50000 - -
$ - - - - - - - 200 300 485 1300 3850 - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 265043
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 69

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, 69 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 6/25/2019 1881 S $1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base6810132391110177228124112411080459717106883551431776442642771-256795
------------89353581356937619223--2609
-------------1229897284051339--2287
--------------191414131--52
Total6810132391110177228124112491089860275108694564541855946023101-261743
 0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %4 %23 %42 %22 %7 %2 %0 %0 %- 
1881 S $1 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------45473121366295416194961167--6926
-------------171713134---55
--------------1103122---28
----------------211---4
Total----------45473131374298116375221237--7013
 ----------0 %0 %1 %4 %20 %43 %23 %7 %2 %0 %-- 
1881 S $1 MS Deep Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----------221682515633179172--1322
--------------12312---9
---------------221----5
-----------------1----1
Total-----------221682525673229492--1337
 -----------0 %2 %5 %19 %42 %24 %7 %1 %0 %-- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Service
Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
8/9/1999 PCGS MS 65   Teletrade Auction 1197, 1197/Lot# 1754 $92.65
1/12/2004 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2004 Orlando, FL (FUN) Bullet Sale #337, 337/Lot# 31609 $253.00
5/7/2007 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 139, 144/Lot# 1186 $178.25
9/30/2008 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions Tuesday Internet Coin Auction #28101, 28101/Lot# 21563 $287.50
9/6/2009 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg September 6-8, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 54/Lot# 2791 $230.00
5/27/2012 PCGS MS 65   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 19995/Lot# 1122 $327.00
3/23/2014 PCGS MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/23/2014, 178/Lot# 173901 $51.00
9/26/2014 NGC MS 66   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3501, 6055/Lot# 20251 $246.75
4/9/2017 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131716/Lot# 25580 $258.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1881 $1 MS S Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base131139143151159163163163167171179230255272437541798113820564831985412494
133140145153160163163164168173196238260327471626911144429816505107340
00000016316416817319623826032747162691114442981650500
000000163165169176213246266382506712102417503906817900
1881 $1 MS S Deep Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1631671711831942012092162202272302412653175779491558288557717929844112911
1641681751861962032112172222282332492824037011152200038476490809999310
0000002112172222282332492824037011152200038476490809900
0000002132182242292372572994908251355244248097209827000
1881 $1 MS S
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base12313113513914314714714715115516319420922327233956390813333459899811448
12513213614014414714714815215717319921323929441367810492041530598140
00000014714815215717319921323929441367810492041530500
00000014714915316018320421825531648879311912750715100
Competitive Registry Sets
CategoriesSets
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Circulation Issue 2207
US Type Set, including Modern Issues 744
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, One-Per-Date 609
Basic US Type Set, No Gold (7070) 487
Basic US Type Set, with Gold (7070 + Page 5) 453
US Type Set, 1792-1964 319
Silver & Clad Dollar Type Set 301
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Complete 195
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, PL and DPL Only 144
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, One-Per-Mint 129
19th Century Series Type Set, Non-Proofs Only 96
19th Century Series Type Set, Non-Proofs Only - No Gold 63
19th Century Series Type Set, Proofs & Non-Proofs - No Gold 61
19th Century Series Type Set, Proofs & Non-Proofs 59
US Type Set, 1792-1964, Circulated Coins Only 58
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Circulated Coins Only 54
San Francisco Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Circulation Issue 53
Basic US Type Set, No Gold (7070), Circulated Coins Only 38
GSA Hard Pack Holders, Non-CC Morgan Dollars, 1878-1904 37
1881 Mint Set 33
Basic US Type Set, with Gold (7070 + Page 5), Circulated Coins Only 30
19th Century Series Type Set, Circulated Coins Only 27
GSA Soft Pack Holders, Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921 26
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Hit List 40 VAMs 25
19th Century Series Type Set, Circulated Coins Only (No Gold) 21
Gold Type Set, 1795-1933, Circulated Coins Only 16
GSA Hard Pack Holders Complete Set, Morgan Dollars, 1878-1904, Including Varieties 11
Gold Type Set, Proofs, 1834-1915 5
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
Redfield Holders, Morgan and Peace Dollars, 1878-1935, Including Varieties 2
Soft Pack Holders Complete Set, Seated, Morgan and Peace Dollars 2
Morgan Dollar VAM Varieties 0
Registry Image Gallery
Grade: MS 67 DPL
Points: 6490
Owner: mitch0825
 
Grade: MS 68
Points: 5305
Owner: AYWP
 
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