Coin Specifications

Category: Morgan Dollars (1878-1921)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 11,875,000
Obverse Designer: George T. Morgan
Reverse Designer: George T. Morgan
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 26.7300g
ASW: 0.7734oz
Melt Value: $14.01 (9/21/2019)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
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1889 O $1 MS obverse 1889 O $1 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The New Orleans Mint struck nearly 12 million Morgan dollars in 1889. Unfortunately, there was clearly an emphasis on quantity over quality, and most examples are weakly struck. This means that most examples tend to grade at MS63 or below. Choice examples are uncommon, and gem examples are quite rare.

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Last Updated: 8/16/2019

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1889 O $1 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 30.00 35.00 38.00 40.00 45.00 60.00 70.00 75.00 120 220 255 310 430 850 5000 16000 - - - -
$ - - - 85.00 135 - 275 325 490 1200 7750 - - -
1889 O $1 MS Prooflike
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - 200 295 400 600 950 1350 8425 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 650 1100 3600 - - - -
1889 O $1 MS Deep Prooflike
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - 250 365 480 1000 2750 6500 22500 85000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 3600 12500 - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 5037
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66

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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 9/17/2019 1889 O $1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base21322840115508270125210303553098811549987556----4918
--------------12------3
-------------317342-----56
--------------15------6
Total213228401155082701252103035530988415681028576----4983
 0 %1 %1 %1 %2 %1 %2 %1 %3 %4 %6 %1 %6 %18 %31 %21 %1 %0 %---- 
1889 O $1 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------23122121243-----77
-----------------------
-----------------------
-----------------------
Total---------23122121243-----77
 ---------3 %4 %1 %3 %27 %27 %31 %4 %----- 
1889 O $1 MS Deep Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------4111683-----42
-----------------------
-----------------------
-----------------------
Total------------4111683-----42
 ------------10 %26 %38 %19 %7 %----- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
11/20/2000 NGC MS 63   Teletrade Auction 1379, 1379/Lot# 1538 $218.00
5/25/2008 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg May 25-27, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 47/Lot# 4088 $149.50
7/23/2009 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 395, 401/Lot# 8821 $264.50
4/28/2010 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2010 April-May Milwaukee, WI CSNS US Coin Auction #1139, 1139/Lot# 9303 $690.00
2/3/2011 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2011 February Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(2), 1152/Lot# 3949 $1,035.00
12/18/2011 PCGS MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/18/2011, 149/Lot# 27784 $385.00
5/30/2012 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers The June 2012 Baltimore Auction, 137/Lot# 3170 $4,887.50
3/29/2015 NGC MS 60   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131514/Lot# 21821 $164.50
11/2/2017 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2017 November 2 - 4 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(5), 1261/Lot# 20054 $660.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1889 $1 MS O Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base28830131432734235737238640442043759778394912712161481750155219543059467786
292305318332347362377392409426490659838105615683046488350835289560265590
000000377392409426490659838105615683046488350835289560200
000000381398415431544721894116418643932494951515360577400
1889 $1 MS O Deep Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3813954124294484634845025225415637749661583256144836720999711754167471792721986
38640141843545347049050952854863383811721909320252297812105831341817140192800
0000004905095285486338381172190932025229781210583134181714000
0000004965155355567049021377223538425974890511168150831753400
1889 $1 MS O
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base123123139147155163183175194220304551597783101316584669688671447409805810344
12312814215015817018318120324838656665986012282662540869727232762588200
00000018318120324838656665986012282662540869727232762500
00000018318821127646958272193614433665614770587321784200
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 3665
Owner: AYWP
 
Grade: MS 64
Points: 1658
Owner: catmanjk
 
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