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: $11.53 (8/18/2018)
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)

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/23/2018

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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 85.00 150 280 815 6250 43150 -
$ - - - - - - - 65.00 78.00 100.00 185 400 1425 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: 260260
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: 8/13/2018 1881 S $1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base677819799166727222911821048257478105338548101759942312631-252040
------------98355384857437319324--2657
-------------1229076753821207--2114
--------------171413101--46
Total677819799166727222911911056658054107100560731836745542951-256857
 0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %4 %23 %42 %22 %7 %2 %0 %0 %- 
1881 S $1 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------35413031358295616154991187--6905
-------------161712134---53
--------------1103111---26
---------------1211---5
Total----------35413041365298416325241247--6989
 ----------0 %0 %1 %4 %20 %43 %23 %7 %2 %0 %-- 
1881 S $1 MS Deep Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----------221672495613169162--1315
--------------1221----6
---------------311----5
-----------------1----1
Total-----------221672505663199462--1327
 -----------0 %2 %5 %19 %43 %24 %7 %0 %0 %-- 

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Auction Prices Realized

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10/10/1999 NGC MS 67   Heritage Auctions 1999 E-Fair Signature Sale #211, 211/Lot# 5378 $563.50
6/25/2008 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 2548, 2548/Lot# 1978 $89.60
9/14/2008 NGC MS 66   Goldberg September 14-16, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 48/Lot# 1012 $603.75
1/5/2011 NGC MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(7), 1151/Lot# 11688 $690.00
5/27/2012 PCGS MS 65   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 19995/Lot# 1122 $327.00
2/25/2013 NGC MS 67   Teletrade Auction 3419, 3419/Lot# 2506 $500.00
2/2/2014 PCGS MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/02/2014, 177/Lot# 168529 $115.50
7/27/2014 NGC MS 67   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 814, 823/Lot# 331 $726.00
10/31/2014 PCGS MS 66   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3506, 6060/Lot# 22227 $211.50
10/16/2016 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131643/Lot# 27815 $170.38


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 2015
US Type Set, including Modern Issues 679
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, One-Per-Date 529
Basic US Type Set, No Gold (7070) 437
Basic US Type Set, with Gold (7070 + Page 5) 420
Silver & Clad Dollar Type Set 278
US Type Set, 1792-1964 277
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, PL and DPL Only 132
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Complete 129
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 55
19th Century Series Type Set, Proofs & Non-Proofs - No Gold 53
19th Century Series Type Set, Proofs & Non-Proofs 52
GSA Hard Pack Holders, Non-CC Morgan Dollars, 1878-1904 38
San Francisco Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Circulation Issue 35
1881 Mint Set 31
US Type Set, 1792-1964, Circulated Coins Only 26
GSA Soft Pack Holders, Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921 25
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Circulated Coins Only 21
Basic US Type Set, No Gold (7070), Circulated Coins Only 19
Basic US Type Set, with Gold (7070 + Page 5), Circulated Coins Only 18
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Hit List 40 VAMs 17
19th Century Series Type Set, Circulated Coins Only 15
19th Century Series Type Set, Circulated Coins Only (No Gold) 15
Gold Type Set, 1795-1933, Circulated Coins Only 9
GSA Hard Pack Holders Complete Set, Morgan Dollars, 1878-1904, Including Varieties 9
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 2
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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