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: $12.79 (5/23/2018)
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: 1/8/2018

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1881 S $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 60.00 70.00 85.00 150 285 815 7000 43150 -
$ - - - - - - - 65.00 78.00 100.00 185 400 1700 11000
1881 S $1 MS Prooflike
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 58.00 66.00 70.00 120 170 330 550 1700 10000 - -
$ - - - - - - - - 145 190 355 850 2300 -
1881 S $1 MS Deep Prooflike
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 65.00 75.00 95.00 195 400 900 2600 14500 50000 - -
$ - - - - - - - 105 220 485 1150 3850 - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 258239
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: 5/21/2018 1881 S $1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base677819798156726722211681038556717104587545631751842032611-250045
------------98254684057137119224--2635
-------------1218696563761147--2044
--------------17141391--45
Total677819798156726722211771046857285106303558041827845182931-254769
 0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %4 %22 %42 %22 %7 %2 %0 %0 %- 
1881 S $1 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------35412981353294716125001187--6884
-------------161712124---52
--------------1103111---26
---------------1211---5
Total----------35412991360297516295241247--6967
 ----------0 %0 %1 %4 %20 %43 %23 %8 %2 %0 %-- 
1881 S $1 MS Deep Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----------221672485573159172--1310
--------------1221----6
---------------311----5
-----------------1----1
Total-----------221672495623189472--1322
 -----------0 %2 %5 %19 %43 %24 %7 %1 %0 %-- 

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12/11/1996 NGC MS 64   Prooflike Teletrade Auction 0901, 901/Lot# 1627 $45.78
1/7/2009 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2009 January Orlando, FL FUN Auction #1121, 1121/Lot# 9305 $126.50
6/4/2009 NGC MS 67   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 381, 387/Lot# 5689 $718.75
12/3/2009 PCGS MS 65   Bonhams Coins and Banknotes, 17760/Lot# 1086 $111.00
7/17/2011 PCGS MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/17/2011, 127/Lot# 12647 $93.50
2/22/2013 PCGS MS 63   Prooflike Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 7447 $192.70
1/26/2014 NGC MS 65   Goldberg January 26-28, 2014 January Pre-Long Beach Sale 17.5% BP, 78/Lot# 1306 $152.75
4/20/2014 NGC MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/20/2014, 186/Lot# 187812 $70.80


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 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
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
GSA Hard Pack Holders, Non-CC Morgan Dollars, 1878-1904 38
San Francisco Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Circulation Issue 33
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
Gold Type Set, 1795-1933, Circulated Coins Only 9
Gold Type Set, Proofs, 1834-1915 5
Hard and Soft Pack Holders Complete Set, Seated, Morgan and Peace Dollars 3
Redfield Holders, Morgan and Peace Dollars, 1878-1935, Including Varieties 2
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 68
Points: 5305
Owner: AYWP
 
Grade: MS 68
Points: 5305
Owner: Stiel Coin Collection
 
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