Coin Specifications

Category: Morgan Dollars (1878-1921)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 11,875,000
Catalog: KM-110
Obverse Designer: George T. Morgan
Reverse Designer: George T. Morgan
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 26.7300g
ASW: 0.7734oz
Melt Value: $15.23 (7/24/2016)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1889 O S$1 MS obverse 1889 O S$1 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

This high mintage issue (11.8 million pieces), was both widely distributed at the time of issue and also paid out in bag quantities beginning as early as 1938. But the 1889-O is not known for its availability (which it is), but rather its poor striking quality. The result of this lack of details has the same effect, however, as a lack of availability, i.e., very few pieces qualify at the Gem level.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 1/12/2016

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1889 O S$1 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 29.00 34.00 36.00 38.00 40.00 50.00 60.00 68.00 95.00 200 220 305 445 975 6500 22500 - - - -
$ - - - 75.00 115 - 240 325 550 1650 7000 - - -
1889 O S$1 MS Prooflike
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - 135 225 290 400 875 1900 8500 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 475 1100 3600 - - - -
1889 O S$1 MS Deep Prooflike
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - 185 320 425 1150 1850 7250 21500 63500 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 2700 9250 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 4688
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66


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2/17/1997 PCGS MS 63   Teletrade Auction 0920, 920/Lot# 1633 $152.60
5/28/2003 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2003 May Long Beach Signature Sale #324, 324/Lot# 7584 $506.00
1/1/2005 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions Continuous Internet Auction #65012, 65012/Lot# 23479 $4,372.30
6/2/2008 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 253, 259/Lot# 924 $379.50
5/29/2011 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg May 29 - June 1, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction of US, World Coins and Currency, 63/Lot# 1014 $661.00
1/5/2014 PCGS XF 40   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/05/2014, 176/Lot# 161421 $36.00
9/4/2014 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2014 September 4 - 6 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(3), 1209/Lot# 4768 $4,112.50
5/31/2015 PCGS MS 63   Prooflike Stack's Bowers iAuction 3532, 6101/Lot# 20577 $705.00


NGC Registry

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