Coin Specifications

Category: Morgan Dollars (1878-1921)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 9,185,000
Obverse Designer: George T. Morgan
Reverse Designer: George T. Morgan
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 26.7300g
ASW: 0.7734oz
Melt Value: $18.35 (9/23/2020)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
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1885 O $1 MS obverse 1885 O $1 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The New Orleans Mint struck over 9 million Morgan Dollars in 1885. However, many of those did not circulate, but instead sat in Treasury vaults until the 1960's. Many uncirculated bags were released in the 1960's, making this issue one of the most common in high grade. In fact, NGC has graded over 30,000 examples in gem or higher! (10/2016)

GRADE SUMMARY

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Last Updated: 9/4/2020

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1885 O $1 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 28.00 31.50 33.50 36.50 39.50 40.00 44.50 46.00 47.50 55.00 60.00 65.00 75.00 84.00 160 280 1200 12250 - -
$ - - - - - - - 70.00 80.00 100.00 190 450 3500 -
1885 O $1 MS PL
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - 65.00 75.00 85.00 110 175 190 315 1200 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 225 535 1500 - -
1885 O $1 MS DPL
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 100.00 145 180 265 475 875 3300 14000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 200 300 700 1600 5400 - -

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Disclaimer: The prices listed in the various NGC Price and Value Guides are compiled from a number of independent, third party sources in the numismatic community which NGC believes to be reliable. Prices provided are averages, not specific prices for individual coins. Further, because these prices are only updated from time to time, they do not reflect short term pricing trends, which are quite common and are often quite dramatic, given the volatile nature of the collectible coin marketplace. This is especially true for rare coins, where there are fewer sales and greater variations in sale prices. For all of these reasons, the prices in these guides are designed to serve merely as one of many measures and factors that coin buyers and sellers can use in determining coin values. These prices are not intended, and should not be relied upon, to replace the due diligence and — when appropriate — expert consultation that coin buyers and sellers should undertake when entering into a coin transaction. As such, NGC disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information contained in the NGC Guides. By using the NGC Guides, the user agrees that neither NGC nor any of its affiliates, shareholders, officers, employees or agents shall have any liability for any loss or damage of any kind, including without limitation any loss arising from reliance on the information contained in the Guides.

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 230521
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 68

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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 9/22/2020 1885 O $1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base554914773122211312284912792807549701130374481058816--227517
-----------31511458059022684241--1637
-------------73992040515729---1557
--------------211632---24
Total554914773122211312586412913813759853231011505464317--230735
 0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%6%35%43%13%2%0%0%-- 
1885 O $1 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------3423194616721230323---1826
-------------1-21-----4
--------------63-1----10
-----------------------
Total----------3423195622726231333---1840
 ----------0%0%1%11%34%39%13%2%0%--- 
1885 O $1 MS DPL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----------116131409462138201---1178
---------------41-----5
--------------1-24----7
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Total-----------116131410466141241---1190
 -----------0%1%11%34%39%12%2%0%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1885 O $1 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base12312313113914315115916717518619422726528846355188213031379145616542395
123126134140146154162170179189205240273346492661102213281405152219010
000000162170179189205240273346492661102213281405152200
000000164172182191216252280405522772116313541430158800
1885 O $1 MS DPL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1511591671751831942012122232342442552883517451051182536756545691275299706
1541621701781871962052162272372482663094828471309244246326667711882550
0000002052162272372482663094828471309244246326667711800
0000002082192302412512773306149491567305855886790732300
1885 O $1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1231231231271311351511431471511631942092302723365869492368546659867834
12312312412813214015114414815517319921624429341970714223401563966020
00000015114414815517319921624429341970714223401563900
00000015114615015918420422325831550382818954433581300
Competitive Registry Sets
CategoriesSets
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Circulation Issue 2936
US Type Set, including Modern Issues 1042
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, One-Per-Date 979
Basic US Type Set, No Gold (7070) 680
Basic US Type Set, with Gold (7070 + Page 5) 604
US Type Set, 1792-1964 529
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Complete 475
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, One-Per-Mint, Mint State 412
Silver & Clad Dollar Type Set 404
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Circulated Coins Only 208
US Type Set, 1792-1964, Circulated Coins Only 188
New Orleans Morgan Dollars, 1879-1904, Circulation Issue 171
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, PL and DPL Only 168
19th Century Series Type Set, Non-Proofs Only 145
Basic US Type Set, No Gold (7070), Circulated Coins Only 124
19th Century Series Type Set, Proofs & Non-Proofs 103
19th Century Series Type Set, Non-Proofs Only - No Gold 101
Basic US Type Set, with Gold (7070 + Page 5), Circulated Coins Only 97
19th Century Series Type Set, Proofs & Non-Proofs - No Gold 96
19th Century Series Type Set, Circulated Coins Only 78
19th Century Series Type Set, Circulated Coins Only (No Gold) 52
GSA Hard Pack Holders, Non-CC Morgan Dollars, 1878-1904 46
1885 Mint Set 43
GSA Hard Pack Holders Complete Set, Morgan Dollars, 1878-1904, Including Varieties 32
GSA Soft Pack Holders, Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921 29
GSA Hard and Soft Pack Holders Combined Set, Morgan Dollars, 1878-1893 17
Hard and Soft Pack Holders Complete Set, Seated, Morgan and Peace Dollars 14
Soft Pack Holders Complete Set, Seated, Morgan and Peace Dollars 3
Morgan Dollar VAM Varieties 0
Registry Image Gallery
Grade: MS 68
Points: 5639
Owner: AYWP
 
Grade: MS 66 DPL
Points: 4632
Owner: mitch0825
 
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