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: $13.21 (10/20/2017)
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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Last Updated: 7/10/2017

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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 85.00 160 285 815 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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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 254139
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 69


Upcoming Auctions

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Date
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
10/24/2017 MS 64  Deep Prooflike Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131743/Lot# 27537
11/4/2017 MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2017 November 2 - 4 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(5), 1261/Lot# 19946
11/4/2017 MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2017 November 2 - 4 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(5), 1261/Lot# 19941
11/4/2017 MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2017 November 2 - 4 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(5), 1261/Lot# 19939
11/4/2017 MS 64  Deep Prooflike Heritage Auctions 2017 November 2 - 4 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(5), 1261/Lot# 19947


Auction Prices Realized

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Service
Grade
Auction House
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6/7/1997 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 1997 June Long Beach Bullet Sale #172, 172/Lot# 352 $99.00
4/8/1998 NGC MS 65   Deep Prooflike Teletrade Auction 1039, 1039/Lot# 1789 $196.20
1/24/2005 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #25, 29/Lot# 361 $40.25
5/28/2006 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg May 28-31, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 36/Lot# 293 $690.00
12/3/2009 PCGS MS 65   Bonhams Coins and Banknotes, 17760/Lot# 1086 $111.00
5/29/2011 NGC MS 63   Prooflike Goldberg May 29 - June 1, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction of US, World Coins and Currency, 63/Lot# 366 $114.00
12/16/2012 PCGS MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/16/2012, 53/Lot# 82181 $51.00
7/11/2014 NGC MS 67   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 6398 $940.00
10/19/2014 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131443/Lot# 27497 $188.00


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 2007
US Type Set, including Modern Issues 677
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, One-Per-Date 521
Basic US Type Set, No Gold (7070) 436
Basic US Type Set, with Gold (7070 + Page 5) 422
Silver & Clad Dollar Type Set 282
US Type Set, 1792-1964 274
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, PL and DPL Only 134
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Complete 112
19th Century Series Type Set, Non-Proofs Only 89
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, One-Per-Mint 68
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 37
San Francisco Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Circulation Issue 35
1881 Mint Set 30
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, GSA Soft Pack Holders Only 25
US Type Set, 1792-1964, Circulated Coins Only 25
Basic US Type Set, No Gold (7070), Circulated Coins Only 18
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Hit List 40 VAMs 17
Basic US Type Set, with Gold (7070 + Page 5), Circulated Coins Only 17
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Circulated Coins Only 16
19th Century Series Type Set, Circulated Coins Only (No Gold) 15
19th Century Series Type Set, Circulated Coins Only 14
Gold Type Set, 1795-1933, Circulated Coins Only 9
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, GSA Holders Only, Mint State 6
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: 3459
Owner: GauchoDave
 
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