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: $11.18 (11/19/2018)
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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1885 S $1 MS
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Base $ 29.00 34.00 35.00 42.00 70.00 110 125 145 180 225 265 325 390 750 2150 7000 62500 - - -
$ - - - 160 200 - 290 350 635 1100 2650 11500 - -
1885 S $1 MS Prooflike
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 260 300 575 850 2900 8000 16000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 4000 - - - -
1885 S $1 MS Deep Prooflike
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 350 450 850 2500 6350 24000 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 6662
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: 11/19/2018 1885 S $1 MS
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Base-391467611581402012403689747011801753140424313----6421
-------------361421----26
-------------132726------66
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Total-391467611581402012403689747011961786144424514----6513
 -0 %0 %0 %1 %1 %2 %2 %3 %4 %6 %1 %7 %18 %27 %22 %4 %0 %---- 
1885 S $1 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----------192391998-----231
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Total-----------192391998-----231
 -----------0 %4 %10 %39 %43 %3 %----- 
1885 S $1 MS Deep Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------1-36------10
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Total------------1-36------10
 ------------10 %-30 %60 %------ 

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5/7/2006 PCGS MS 63   Teletrade Auction 2200, 2200/Lot# 1759 $235.20
5/24/2009 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg May 24-27, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 53/Lot# 720 $546.25
2/3/2010 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2010 February Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1137, 1137/Lot# 7906 $276.00
7/27/2014 PCGS MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/27/2014, 201/Lot# 204914 $253.11
10/3/2014 PCGS AU 53   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3502, 6056/Lot# 22148 $105.75
12/14/2014 PCGS MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 834, 843/Lot# 935 $1,450.00
10/29/2015 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2015 October 29 - November 1 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(3), 1225/Lot# 4855 $1,762.50
2/7/2016 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131607/Lot# 25542 $119.85


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 2032
US Type Set, including Modern Issues 684
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, One-Per-Date 531
Basic US Type Set, No Gold (7070) 441
Basic US Type Set, with Gold (7070 + Page 5) 420
US Type Set, 1792-1964 279
Silver & Clad Dollar Type Set 278
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, PL and DPL Only 132
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Complete 127
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Top-100 VAMs 102
19th Century Series Type Set, Non-Proofs Only 90
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, One-Per-Mint 80
19th Century Series Type Set, Non-Proofs Only - No Gold 55
19th Century Series Type Set, Proofs & Non-Proofs 53
19th Century Series Type Set, Proofs & Non-Proofs - No Gold 53
GSA Hard Pack Holders, Non-CC Morgan Dollars, 1878-1904 38
San Francisco Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Circulation Issue 37
1885 Mint Set 32
US Type Set, 1792-1964, Circulated Coins Only 27
GSA Soft Pack Holders, Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921 25
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Circulated Coins Only 22
Basic US Type Set, No Gold (7070), Circulated Coins Only 20
Basic US Type Set, with Gold (7070 + Page 5), Circulated Coins Only 18
19th Century Series Type Set, Circulated Coins Only 15
19th Century Series Type Set, Circulated Coins Only (No Gold) 15
GSA Hard Pack Holders Complete Set, Morgan Dollars, 1878-1904, Including Varieties 9
Hard and Soft Pack Holders Complete Set, Seated, Morgan and Peace Dollars 3
Redfield Holders, Morgan and Peace Dollars, 1878-1935, Including Varieties 2
GSA Hard and Soft Pack Holders Combined Set, Morgan Dollars, 1878-1893 1
Morgan Dollar VAM Varieties 0
Soft Pack Holders Complete Set, Seated, Morgan and Peace Dollars 0
Registry Image Gallery
Grade: MS 66
Points: 5584
Owner: AYWP
 
Grade: MS 61
Points: 3639
Owner: GSA_Gem_Quest
 
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