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: $13.44 (10/16/2019)
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 Prooflike
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 300 350 500 775 2400 6250 16000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 3400 - - - -
1885 S $1 MS Deep Prooflike
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 500 900 2250 5300 24000 - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 6852
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: 10/8/2019 1885 S $1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-4121671631651432152503909949612391782140824313----6609
-------------381421----28
-------------1430291-----74
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Total-4121671631651432152503909949612561820145124614----6711
 -0 %0 %0 %1 %1 %2 %2 %3 %4 %6 %1 %7 %19 %27 %22 %4 %0 %---- 
1885 S $1 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----------1923911018-----233
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Total-----------1923911018-----233
 -----------0 %4 %10 %39 %43 %3 %----- 
1885 S $1 MS Deep Prooflike
 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
11/4/2004 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2004 November Palm Beach, FL Signature Sale #358, 358/Lot# 9587 $483.00
2/20/2005 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 1940 $546.25
10/15/2009 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 419, 425/Lot# 7588 $690.00
1/5/2011 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(7), 1151/Lot# 11856 $322.00
4/9/2012 NGC MS 62   Teletrade Auction 3256, 3256/Lot# 2407 $250.00
7/1/2012 PCGS AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/01/2012, 29/Lot# 60363 $112.19
6/27/2014 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 2170 $1,762.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1885 $1 MS S Prooflike
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Base1351431671751792723574064424895706807649411345246445235986877292272454144543
13715116917621030037341845751660670882310751718315050106914892314331312080
0000003734184575166067088231075171831505010691489231433100
0000003894304735436437368821210209138365498784390751943600
1885 $1 MS S Deep Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1551631861982013043954504875396277528741483270539849188965910147134463921671297
1571701901992353344134625045686687921077189031315718934598211124622036499090
000000413462504568668792107718903131571893459821112462203600
000000431474521597710833128022973557745395029984123463062600
1885 $1 MS S
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base123131151159163251330378409456532642752847908142724644141847289151937735085
1251371531601922773463884244815686787838671081177230235584861912402246130
000000346388424481568678783867108117723023558486191240200
000000362398440506605715815887125421183582702887671588900
Competitive Registry Sets
CategoriesSets
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Circulation Issue 2376
US Type Set, including Modern Issues 800
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, One-Per-Date 671
Basic US Type Set, No Gold (7070) 518
Basic US Type Set, with Gold (7070 + Page 5) 470
US Type Set, 1792-1964 360
Silver & Clad Dollar Type Set 323
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Complete 246
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, One-Per-Mint 167
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, PL and DPL Only 151
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Top-100 VAMs 116
19th Century Series Type Set, Non-Proofs Only 105
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Circulated Coins Only 87
US Type Set, 1792-1964, Circulated Coins Only 74
San Francisco Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Circulation Issue 69
19th Century Series Type Set, Non-Proofs Only - No Gold 67
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 46
GSA Hard Pack Holders, Non-CC Morgan Dollars, 1878-1904 40
Basic US Type Set, with Gold (7070 + Page 5), Circulated Coins Only 36
1885 Mint Set 35
19th Century Series Type Set, Circulated Coins Only 32
GSA Soft Pack Holders, Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921 28
19th Century Series Type Set, Circulated Coins Only (No Gold) 23
GSA Hard Pack Holders Complete Set, Morgan Dollars, 1878-1904, Including Varieties 14
Redfield Holders, Morgan and Peace Dollars, 1878-1935, Including Varieties 3
Hard and Soft Pack Holders Complete Set, Seated, Morgan and Peace Dollars 3
GSA Hard and Soft Pack Holders Combined Set, Morgan Dollars, 1878-1893 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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