Coin Specifications

Category: Morgan Dollars (1878-1921)
Mint: Philadelphia
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: $13.96 (2/19/2017)
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

With a mintage of over 12.7 million coins, the 1881-P Morgan dollar is by no means a rare coin today. In fact, it seems a large number of them survived in original bags until long after they were struck. It is common to find this issue heavily abraded however, which likely occurred when those original bags were moved. Thus, the 1881-P Morgan dollar is common in grades MS63 and below, but becomes increasingly hard to find in higher grades.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/4/2016

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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 65.00 90.00 170 775 2500 23500 - - -
$ - - - - - - 60.00 70.00 100.00 230 1100 6100 - -
1881 S$1 MS Prooflike
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 58.00 66.00 77.00 155 515 2750 4600 - - - -
$ - - - - - - 74.00 95.00 175 650 - - - -
1881 S$1 MS Deep Prooflike
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 70.00 87.00 275 650 1575 18000 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - 100.00 350 875 2600 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 11206
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67


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6/5/2000 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 1317, 1317/Lot# 1745 $76.30
5/25/2002 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #22104, 22104/Lot# 17730 $72.45
2/11/2007 NGC MS 66   Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 1700 $805.00
7/21/2013 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131331/Lot# 24924 $123.38
12/29/2013 PCGS Genuine Genuine   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/29/2013, 170/Lot# 160142 $39.00
6/8/2014 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 807, 816/Lot# 7187 $80.00
  PCGS MS 65   Bonhams $936.00
11/10/2015 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers November 2015 Baltimore, 6110/Lot# 26255 $528.75
4/27/2016 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2016 April 27 - May 1 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(6), 1234/Lot# 8276 $423.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1881 S$1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base12313113513914314714714715115516320121623029851714042985613992432106639626
12513213614014414714714815215717520622025237181219314036717313184272520
0000001471481521571752062202523718121931403671731318400
00000014714915316018821122527544411082458508782081712500
1881 S$1 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base135143147151159163163163167171179234258288502113825013482637695642165540563
137144148153160163163164168173197242268359714159228284446743813594279570
00000016316416817319724226835971415922828444674381359400
00000016316516917621525027843092620463155541185011762400
1881 S$1 MS Deep Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base155163198198201201201205205230251248298615138121246139109699753139173298861216
157174198199201201202205213237251264403870162834627749109691114120274423970
00000020220521323725126440387016283462774910969111412027400
000000203205221244251281509112518764800935910969125292663100
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 1404
Owner: Bomber71086
 
Grade: MS 65
Points: 1404
Owner: Coinbuf1
 
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