Coin Specifications

Category: Morgan Dollars (1878-1921)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 1,497,000
Obverse Designer: George T. Morgan
Reverse Designer: George T. Morgan
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 26.7300g
ASW: 0.7734oz
Melt Value: $13.10 (11/17/2019)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
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1885 S $1 MS obverse 1885 S $1 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

With a mintage of only around 1.5 million pieces, the 1885-S Morgan dollar is much less common today that the Philly issue of the same year. Many spent time in circulation, or were improperly stored in bags in the San Francisco Mint, leading to numerous bag marks. Whereas the Philadelphia issue has an MS65 population of over 10,000 coins, only 245 San Francisco coins have achieved that grade. (10/2016)

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/26/2019

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1885 S $1 MS
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Base $ 35.00 40.00 45.00 65.00 80.00 110 115 135 195 255 300 340 410 640 1600 5250 62500 - - -
$ - - - 160 200 - 310 350 550 980 3400 13500 - -
1885 S $1 MS PL
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 300 350 500 775 2400 6250 16000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 3400 - - - -
1885 S $1 MS DPL
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 500 900 2250 5300 24000 - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 6867
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66

The chart showing 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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/12/2019 1885 S $1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-41216746316514321925039010049912431781140924313----6624
-------------381421----28
-------------1430291-----74
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Total-41216746316514321925039010049912601819145224614----6726
 -0 %0 %0 %1 %1 %2 %2 %3 %4 %6 %1 %7 %19 %27 %22 %4 %0 %---- 
1885 S $1 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----------1923911018-----233
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Total-----------1923911018-----233
 -----------0 %4 %10 %39 %43 %3 %----- 
1885 S $1 MS DPL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------1-27------10
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Total------------1-27------10
 ------------10 %-20 %70 %------ 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
1/13/2002 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2002 Orlando, FL. (FUN) Bullet Sale #281, 281/Lot# 1122 $281.75
8/13/2006 PCGS MS 63   Prooflike Teletrade Auction 2244, 2244/Lot# 2053 $532.00
2/25/2010 NGC AU 50   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 457, 463/Lot# 7497 $115.00
1/3/2011 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers The January 2011 Tampa Bay Rarities Sale, 70/Lot# 995 $299.00
1/30/2011 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg January 30 - February 3, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 62/Lot# 1654 $805.00
1/8/2014 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(8), 1201/Lot# 9571 $940.00
4/27/2014 PCGS MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/27/2014, 173/Lot# 190180 $352.00
5/19/2014 NGC MS 62   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3482, 6031/Lot# 20418 $287.88
10/5/2014 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131441/Lot# 23773 $1,468.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1885 S $1 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1351431671751792723574064424895706807649411345246445235986877292272454144543
13715116917621030037341845751660670882310751718315050106914892314331312080
0000003734184575166067088231075171831505010691489231433100
0000003894304735436437368821210209138365498784390751943600
1885 S $1 MS DPL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1551631861982013043954504875396277528741483270539849188965910147134463921671297
1571701901992353344134625045686687921077189031315718934598211124622036499090
000000413462504568668792107718903131571893459821112462203600
000000431474521597710833128022973557745395029984123463062600
1885 S $1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base123131151159163251330378409456532642752847908142724644141847289151937735085
1251371531601922773463884244815686787838671081177230235584861912402246130
000000346388424481568678783867108117723023558486191240200
000000362398440506605715815887125421183582702887671588900
Competitive Registry Sets
CategoriesSets
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Circulation Issue 2415
US Type Set, including Modern Issues 812
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, One-Per-Date 687
Basic US Type Set, No Gold (7070) 526
Basic US Type Set, with Gold (7070 + Page 5) 474
US Type Set, 1792-1964 372
Silver & Clad Dollar Type Set 326
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Complete 259
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, One-Per-Mint 180
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, PL and DPL Only 151
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Top-100 VAMs 117
19th Century Series Type Set, Non-Proofs Only 107
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Circulated Coins Only 93
US Type Set, 1792-1964, Circulated Coins Only 85
San Francisco Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Circulation Issue 73
19th Century Series Type Set, Non-Proofs Only - No Gold 68
19th Century Series Type Set, Proofs & Non-Proofs - No Gold 66
19th Century Series Type Set, Proofs & Non-Proofs 63
Basic US Type Set, No Gold (7070), Circulated Coins Only 50
GSA Hard Pack Holders, Non-CC Morgan Dollars, 1878-1904 41
Basic US Type Set, with Gold (7070 + Page 5), Circulated Coins Only 40
1885 Mint Set 35
19th Century Series Type Set, Circulated Coins Only 33
GSA Soft Pack Holders, Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921 30
19th Century Series Type Set, Circulated Coins Only (No Gold) 23
GSA Hard Pack Holders Complete Set, Morgan Dollars, 1878-1904, Including Varieties 16
GSA Hard and Soft Pack Holders Combined Set, Morgan Dollars, 1878-1893 4
Redfield Holders, Morgan and Peace Dollars, 1878-1935, Including Varieties 3
Hard and Soft Pack Holders Complete Set, Seated, Morgan and Peace Dollars 3
Soft Pack Holders Complete Set, Seated, Morgan and Peace Dollars 2
Morgan Dollar VAM Varieties 0
Registry Image Gallery
Grade: MS 66
Points: 5584
Owner: AYWP
 
Grade: MS 61
Points: 3639
Owner: GSA_Gem_Quest
 
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