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
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: 8/28/2020

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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 84.00 160 305 1025 4475 45000 -
$ - - - - - - - 70.00 80.00 100.00 185 375 1050 13500
1881 S $1 MS PL
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 75.00 85.00 100.00 150 190 315 525 1400 9000 - -
$ - - - - - - - - 170 225 370 800 3000 -
1881 S $1 MS DPL
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 100.00 145 180 265 390 625 2850 9350 42500 - -
$ - - - - - - - 200 300 485 1300 3850 - -

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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.

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 271055
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: 9/22/2020 1881 S $1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base71111132391210188629826714271169562128108518557931783342782991-262737
------------1311659286158338319424--2766
-------------124103875543214513--2408
--------------1101515181--60
Total71111132391210188629826714401181262745110427571461866346353371-267971
 0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%1%4%23%41%21%7%2%0%0%- 
1881 S $1 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------46493311383297516234981188--6995
-------------171712125---54
--------------2114122---31
----------------212---5
Total----------46493321392300316415231278--7085
 ----------0%0%1%5%20%42%23%7%2%0%-- 
1881 S $1 MS DPL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----------221712545623139082--1323
--------------11212---7
---------------121----4
-----------------1----1
Total-----------2217125556431793102--1335
 -----------0%2%5%19%42%24%7%1%0%-- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1881 S $1 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base131139143151159163163163167171179230255272437541798113820564831985412494
133140145153160163163164168173196238260327471626911144429816505107340
00000016316416817319623826032747162691114442981650500
000000163165169176213246266382506712102417503906817900
1881 S $1 MS DPL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1631671711831942012092162202272302412653175779491558288557717929844112911
1641681751861962032112172222282332492824037011152200038476490809999310
0000002112172222282332492824037011152200038476490809900
0000002132182242292372572994908251355244248097209827000
1881 S $1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base12313113513914314714714715115516319420922327233956390813333459899811448
12513213614014414714714815215717319921323929441367810492041530598140
00000014714815215717319921323929441367810492041530500
00000014714915316018320421825531648879311912750715100
Competitive Registry Sets
CategoriesSets
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Circulation Issue 2937
US Type Set, including Modern Issues 1042
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, One-Per-Date 977
Basic US Type Set, No Gold (7070) 680
Basic US Type Set, with Gold (7070 + Page 5) 603
US Type Set, 1792-1964 528
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Complete 474
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, One-Per-Mint, Mint State 409
Silver & Clad Dollar Type Set 403
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Circulated Coins Only 208
US Type Set, 1792-1964, Circulated Coins Only 186
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, PL and DPL Only 168
19th Century Series Type Set, Non-Proofs Only 145
San Francisco Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Circulation Issue 131
Basic US Type Set, No Gold (7070), Circulated Coins Only 122
19th Century Series Type Set, Proofs & Non-Proofs 103
19th Century Series Type Set, Non-Proofs Only - No Gold 101
19th Century Series Type Set, Proofs & Non-Proofs - No Gold 96
Basic US Type Set, with Gold (7070 + Page 5), Circulated Coins Only 96
19th Century Series Type Set, Circulated Coins Only 77
19th Century Series Type Set, Circulated Coins Only (No Gold) 52
1881 Mint Set 46
GSA Hard Pack Holders, Non-CC Morgan Dollars, 1878-1904 46
Gold Type Set, 1795-1933, Circulated Coins Only 46
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Hit List 40 VAMs 33
GSA Hard Pack Holders Complete Set, Morgan Dollars, 1878-1904, Including Varieties 32
GSA Soft Pack Holders, Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921 29
GSA Hard and Soft Pack Holders Combined Set, Morgan Dollars, 1878-1893 17
Hard and Soft Pack Holders Complete Set, Seated, Morgan and Peace Dollars 14
Gold Type Set, Proofs, 1834-1915 7
Redfield Holders, Morgan and Peace Dollars, 1878-1935, Including Varieties 5
Soft Pack Holders Complete Set, Seated, Morgan and Peace Dollars 3
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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