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: $19.53 (7/23/2021)
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)

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/23/2021

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1881 S $1 MS
1881 S $1 MS PL
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 75.00 85.00 100 140 190 300 575 1750 8250 - -
$ - - - - - 80.00 90.00 115 170 220 375 800 3000 -
1881 S $1 MS DPL
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 100 140 170 250 385 850 2200 8000 40000 - -
$ - - - - - 115 150 200 300 500 1150 3500 12500 -

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Disclaimer: The prices listed in the various NGC Price and Value Guides are compiled from a number of independent, third party sources in the numismatic community which NGC believes to be reliable. Prices provided are averages, not specific prices for individual coins. Further, because these prices are only updated from time to time, they do not reflect short term pricing trends, which are quite common and are often quite dramatic, given the volatile nature of the collectible coin marketplace. This is especially true for rare coins, where there are fewer sales and greater variations in sale prices. For all of these reasons, the prices in these guides are designed to serve merely as one of many measures and factors that coin buyers and sellers can use in determining coin values. These prices are not intended, and should not be relied upon, to replace the due diligence and — when appropriate — expert consultation that coin buyers and sellers should undertake when entering into a coin transaction. As such, NGC disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information contained in the NGC Guides. By using the NGC Guides, the user agrees that neither NGC nor any of its affiliates, shareholders, officers, employees or agents shall have any liability for any loss or damage of any kind, including without limitation any loss arising from reliance on the information contained in the Guides.

Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 276127
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: 7/20/2021 1881 S $1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base71212142491211229431329715691202064070110315563901798442923112-267780
------------1311760587858838419224--2801
-------------126107179347114813--2523
--------------1101516191--62
Total71212142491211229431329715821213864702112274577861885546513492-273166
 0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%1%4%24%41%21%7%2%0%0%- 
1881 S $1 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------48553391396297716194951178--7018
-------------181711135---55
--------------2134122---33
----------------212---5
Total----------48553401406300716365211268--7111
 ----------0%0%1%5%20%42%23%7%2%0%-- 
1881 S $1 MS DPL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----------322732565613129192--1329
--------------11212---7
---------------232----7
-----------------1----1
Total-----------3227325756431795112--1344
 -----------0%2%5%19%42%24%7%1%0%-- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1881 S $1 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base131139143151159163163163167171179230255272437541798113820564831985412494
1331401451531601631631641681731962382603274716269111444298165051073413119
00000016316416817319623826032747162691114442981650500
000000163165169176213246266382506712102417503906817900
1881 S $1 MS DPL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1631671711831942012092162202272302412653175779491558288557717929844112911
16416817518619620321121722222823324928240370111522000384764908099993113557
0000002112172222282332492824037011152200038476490809900
0000002132182242292372572994908251355244248097209827000
1881 S $1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base10211512313114315515916317118320122023725528832051582015053545923411448
106118126135147156160166175189207226243266299385617104821855441997212020
00000016016617518920722624326629938561710482185544100
00000016216817919521423124927730945071812772865733800
Competitive Registry Sets
CategoriesSets
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Circulation Issue 3586
US Type Set, including Modern Issues 1290
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, One-Per-Date 1258
Basic US Type Set, No Gold (7070) 843
Basic US Type Set, with Gold (7070 + Page 5) 739
US Type Set, 1792-1964 693
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Complete 689
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, One-Per-Mint, Mint State 626
Silver & Clad Dollar Type Set 491
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Circulated Coins Only 310
US Type Set, 1792-1964, Circulated Coins Only 286
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, PL and DPL Only 203
San Francisco Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Circulation Issue 187
19th Century Series Type Set, Non-Proofs Only 186
Basic US Type Set, No Gold (7070), Circulated Coins Only 178
19th Century Series Type Set, Proofs & Non-Proofs 142
Basic US Type Set, with Gold (7070 + Page 5), Circulated Coins Only 141
19th Century Series Type Set, Circulated Coins Only 124
19th Century Series Type Set, Non-Proofs Only - No Gold 122
19th Century Series Type Set, Proofs & Non-Proofs - No Gold 122
Gold Type Set, 1795-1933, Circulated Coins Only 91
19th Century Series Type Set, Circulated Coins Only (No Gold) 71
1881 Mint Set 64
GSA Hard Pack Holders, Non-CC Morgan Dollars, 1878-1904 50
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Hit List 40 VAMs 48
GSA Hard Pack Holders Complete Set, Morgan Dollars, 1878-1904, Including Varieties 42
GSA Soft Pack Holders, Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921 29
GSA Hard and Soft Pack Holders Combined Set, Morgan Dollars, 1878-1893 21
Hard and Soft Pack Holders Complete Set, Seated, Morgan and Peace Dollars 17
Redfield Holders, Morgan and Peace Dollars, 1878-1935, Including Varieties 11
Gold Type Set, Proofs, 1834-1915 10
Soft Pack Holders Complete Set, Seated, Morgan and Peace Dollars 4
Morgan Dollar VAM Varieties 0
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Grade: MS 67 DPL
Points: 6490
Owner: mitch0825
 
Grade: MS 68
Points: 6010
Owner: Jeremy D.
 
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