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: $19.04 (9/22/2020)
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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Last Updated: 7/31/2020

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1885 S $1 MS
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Base $ 40.00 47.50 51.00 65.00 80.00 110 115 135 195 255 300 340 465 640 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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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 6957
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: 9/22/2020 1885 S $1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-41116796717014522626039810451612661788141323912----6714
-------------381421----28
-------------14303331----81
----------------11----2
Total-41116796717014522626039810451612831826146024515----6825
 -0%0%0%1%1%2%2%3%4%6%2%8%19%27%21%4%0%---- 
1885 S $1 MS PL
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Base-----------1924911008-----233
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Total-----------1924911008-----233
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1885 S $1 MS DPL
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Base------------1-27------10
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Total------------1-27------10
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1885 S $1 MS PL
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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 2937
US Type Set, including Modern Issues 1042
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, One-Per-Date 977
Basic US Type Set, No Gold (7070) 680
Basic US Type Set, with Gold (7070 + Page 5) 603
US Type Set, 1792-1964 528
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Complete 474
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, One-Per-Mint, Mint State 409
Silver & Clad Dollar Type Set 403
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Circulated Coins Only 208
US Type Set, 1792-1964, Circulated Coins Only 186
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, PL and DPL Only 168
19th Century Series Type Set, Non-Proofs Only 145
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Top-100 VAMs 137
San Francisco Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Circulation Issue 131
Basic US Type Set, No Gold (7070), Circulated Coins Only 122
19th Century Series Type Set, Proofs & Non-Proofs 103
19th Century Series Type Set, Non-Proofs Only - No Gold 101
19th Century Series Type Set, Proofs & Non-Proofs - No Gold 96
Basic US Type Set, with Gold (7070 + Page 5), Circulated Coins Only 96
19th Century Series Type Set, Circulated Coins Only 77
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
Redfield Holders, Morgan and Peace Dollars, 1878-1935, Including Varieties 5
Soft Pack Holders Complete Set, Seated, Morgan and Peace Dollars 3
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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