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: $14.01 (9/21/2019)
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: 9/13/2019

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1881 S $1 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 28.00 30.00 32.00 35.00 38.00 40.00 44.50 46.00 47.50 55.00 60.00 65.00 75.00 85.00 140 260 780 4850 45000 -
$ - - - - - - - 70.00 80.00 100.00 185 375 1050 13500
1881 S $1 MS Prooflike
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 75.00 85.00 100.00 150 190 315 525 1400 9000 - -
$ - - - - - - - - 170 225 370 800 3000 -
1881 S $1 MS Deep Prooflike
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 100.00 140 170 265 390 705 2400 11000 50000 - -
$ - - - - - - - 200 300 485 1300 3850 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 265986
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: 9/17/2019 1881 S $1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base6810132391110177428324812731096560094107114552181778242792861-257724
------------89454281456937719323--2620
-------------122100673141114110--2322
--------------191414141--53
Total6810132391110177428324812811106060659108943565321858446273201-262719
 0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %4 %23 %41 %22 %7 %2 %0 %0 %- 
1881 S $1 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------45473191369296016204961167--6943
-------------171713135---56
--------------1104122---29
----------------211---4
Total----------45473201377298716395221247--7032
 ----------0 %0 %1 %5 %20 %42 %23 %7 %2 %0 %-- 
1881 S $1 MS Deep Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----------221692515623149172--1319
--------------11312---8
---------------221----5
-----------------1----1
Total-----------221692525653199492--1333
 -----------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
3/8/2000 NGC MS 66   Teletrade Auction 1281, 1281/Lot# 1800 $174.40
2/24/2003 NGC MS 66   Goldberg February 24-25, 2003 Coin Auction, 17/Lot# 797 $184.00
12/3/2009 PCGS MS 65   Bonhams Coins and Banknotes, 17760/Lot# 1086 $111.00
8/11/2011 PCGS MS 64   Prooflike Heritage Auctions 2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction Session(7), 1158/Lot# 10940 $126.50
1/26/2012 PCGS MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 657, 664/Lot# 7457 $195.50
10/7/2012 PCGS AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/07/2012, 43/Lot# 76687 $42.00
7/11/2014 NGC MS 66   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 6403 $364.25


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 2345
US Type Set, including Modern Issues 788
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, One-Per-Date 655
Basic US Type Set, No Gold (7070) 511
Basic US Type Set, with Gold (7070 + Page 5) 466
US Type Set, 1792-1964 346
Silver & Clad Dollar Type Set 316
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Complete 235
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, One-Per-Mint 164
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, PL and DPL Only 148
19th Century Series Type Set, Non-Proofs Only 104
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Circulated Coins Only 78
US Type Set, 1792-1964, Circulated Coins Only 69
19th Century Series Type Set, Non-Proofs Only - No Gold 67
San Francisco Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Circulation Issue 67
19th Century Series Type Set, Proofs & Non-Proofs - No Gold 66
19th Century Series Type Set, Proofs & Non-Proofs 63
Basic US Type Set, No Gold (7070), Circulated Coins Only 45
GSA Hard Pack Holders, Non-CC Morgan Dollars, 1878-1904 40
Basic US Type Set, with Gold (7070 + Page 5), Circulated Coins Only 36
1881 Mint Set 34
19th Century Series Type Set, Circulated Coins Only 31
GSA Soft Pack Holders, Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921 28
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Hit List 40 VAMs 26
19th Century Series Type Set, Circulated Coins Only (No Gold) 22
Gold Type Set, 1795-1933, Circulated Coins Only 20
GSA Hard Pack Holders Complete Set, Morgan Dollars, 1878-1904, Including Varieties 14
Gold Type Set, Proofs, 1834-1915 5
Hard and Soft Pack Holders Complete Set, Seated, Morgan and Peace Dollars 4
Redfield Holders, Morgan and Peace Dollars, 1878-1935, Including Varieties 3
GSA Hard and Soft Pack Holders Combined Set, Morgan Dollars, 1878-1893 3
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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