Coin Specifications

Category: Morgan Dollars (1878-1921)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 750,000
Obverse Designer: George T. Morgan
Reverse Designer: George T. Morgan
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 26.7300g
ASW: 0.7734oz
Melt Value: $18.13 (11/26/2020)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
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1886 S $1 MS obverse 1886 S $1 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Whereas the Philadelphia Morgan issue of 1886 had a mintage approaching 20 million coins, only 750,000 silver dollars were struck that year in San Francisco. This low mintage, coupled with extensive melting of a portion of those coins, have made the 1886-S Morgan dollar much more scarce than the Philly issue of that year, especially in high grade. How much more rare is the San Fran issue? NGC has graded 188 times as many 1886-P Morgans in MS65 than the 1886-S!

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Last Updated: 7/29/2019

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1886 S $1 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 45.00 60.00 85.00 120 145 145 160 170 260 325 370 470 550 850 1900 6200 42500 - - -
$ - - 165 195 325 - - 520 630 950 4100 13250 - -
1886 S $1 MS PL
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 365 450 590 690 1150 4800 15000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 1900 6325 - - -
1886 S $1 MS DPL
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 400 800 1500 2100 6900 32000 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 3300 - - - - -

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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: 5283
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67

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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/24/2020 1886 S $1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base4161827704510892215414546804379131120737116172---4977
--------------32------5
----------1--913263-----52
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Total4161827704510892215414547804379221136765119172---5034
 0%0%0%1%1%1%2%2%4%8%11%2%9%18%23%15%2%0%0%--- 
1886 S $1 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------36-84110572191----255
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Total---------36-84110572191----255
 ---------1%2%-3%16%41%28%7%0%---- 
1886 S $1 MS DPL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------1-61022111-----51
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Total----------1-61022111-----51
 ----------2%-12%20%43%22%2%----- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1886 S $1 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base15116319023431736942649253955369986596610661296168733245361808585132663049015
155172204261334388448507543601754898999114214262232400362698227145523409151466
0000004485075436017548989991142142622324003626982271455200
00000047052354865080993210321219155627784682717783702059100
1886 S $1 MS DPL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1751832162653514094715415936077629081103157824644630819568209234134464004873893
17719423229337042949455859765881097312611873318658188195762410638223135132977588
000000494558597658810973126118733186581881957624106382231300
0000005175756027108591038141921683908700681958429120423118000
1886 S $1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base13914717521629234239545850251565376490010211226155829484591780282192125638315
141156188241308359416472506561690809940108913362021349556617941125642694240231
0000004164725065616908099401089133620213495566179411256400
0000004374875106077278549801157144724844043673180801691000
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Grade: MS 64 DPL
Points: 4630
Owner: CRAMER
 
Grade: MS 64 DPL
Points: 4630
Owner: Smiley2
 
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