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: $12.82 (2/20/2018)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
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1881 S S$1 MS obverse 1881 S 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 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 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 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: 256198
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: 2/19/2018 1881 S S$1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base657818498156725821811531028556024103853543281731941682551-248009
------------98153683856437219224--2616
-------------1208276473731116--1985
--------------17151391--46
Total657818498156725821811621036756581105525555541807744802861-252656
 0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %4 %22 %42 %22 %7 %2 %0 %0 %- 
1881 S S$1 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------35402951350294816145021177--6881
-------------161712124---52
--------------1104111---27
---------------1211---5
Total----------35402961357297616325261237--6965
 ----------0 %0 %1 %4 %19 %43 %23 %8 %2 %0 %-- 
1881 S S$1 MS Deep Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----------221672475563159172--1308
--------------1221----6
---------------311----5
-----------------1----1
Total-----------221672485613189472--1320
 -----------0 %2 %5 %19 %43 %24 %7 %1 %0 %-- 

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10/20/1997 NGC MS 65   Teletrade Auction 0990, 990/Lot# 1906 $92.65
3/4/2003 PCGS MS 65   Prooflike Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #23032, 23032/Lot# 13387 $184.00
1/25/2004 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg January 25-28, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 23/Lot# 2652 $241.50
6/11/2007 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 149, 154/Lot# 118 $40.25
12/3/2009 PCGS MS 65   Bonhams Coins and Banknotes, 17760/Lot# 1086 $111.00
12/22/2013 NGC MS 66   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/22/2013, 106/Lot# 159064 $227.00
6/16/2014 NGC MS 67   Stack's Bowers iAuciton 3486, 6035/Lot# 20603 $616.88
1/4/2015 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131502/Lot# 24237 $293.75
10/16/2016 PCGS MS 64   Prooflike Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131643/Lot# 27816 $141.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1881 S$1 MS S Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base131139143151159163163163167171179230255272437541798113820564831985412494
133140145153160163163164168173196238260327471626911144429816505107340
00000016316416817319623826032747162691114442981650500
000000163165169176213246266382506712102417503906817900
1881 S$1 MS S Deep Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1631671711831942012092162202272302412653175779491558288557717929844112911
1641681751861962032112172222282332492824037011152200038476490809999310
0000002112172222282332492824037011152200038476490809900
0000002132182242292372572994908251355244248097209827000
1881 S$1 MS S
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base12313113513914314714714715115516319420922327233956390813333459899811448
12513213614014414714714815215717319921323929441367810492041530598140
00000014714815215717319921323929441367810492041530500
00000014714915316018320421825531648879311912750715100
Competitive Registry Sets
CategoriesSets
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Circulation Issue 2009
US Type Set, including Modern Issues 675
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, One-Per-Date 520
Basic US Type Set, No Gold (7070) 435
Basic US Type Set, with Gold (7070 + Page 5) 419
US Type Set, 1792-1964 279
Silver & Clad Dollar Type Set 277
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, PL and DPL Only 132
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Complete 117
19th Century Series Type Set, Non-Proofs Only 88
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, One-Per-Mint 71
19th Century Series Type Set, Non-Proofs Only - No Gold 55
19th Century Series Type Set, Proofs & Non-Proofs 52
19th Century Series Type Set, Proofs & Non-Proofs - No Gold 52
Non-CC Morgan Dollars, 1878-1904, GSA Holders Only 38
San Francisco Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Circulation Issue 32
1881 Mint Set 31
US Type Set, 1792-1964, Circulated Coins Only 26
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, GSA Soft Pack Holders Only 24
Basic US Type Set, No Gold (7070), Circulated Coins Only 20
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, 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 (No Gold) 15
19th Century Series Type Set, Circulated Coins Only 14
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, GSA Holders Only, Mint State 10
Gold Type Set, 1795-1933, Circulated Coins Only 9
Gold Type Set, Proofs, 1834-1915 5
Morgan and Peace Dollars, Redfield Collection, 1878-1921, Circulation Issue, Including Varieties 2
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Grade: MS 68
Points: 5305
Owner: AYWP
 
Grade: MS 68
Points: 5305
Owner: Stiel Coin Collection
 
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