Coin Specifications

Category: Morgan Dollars (1878-1921)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 5,296,000
Obverse Designer: George T. Morgan
Reverse Designer: George T. Morgan
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 26.7300g
ASW: 0.7734oz
Melt Value: $11.61 (6/16/2019)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
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1891 S $1 MS obverse 1891 S $1 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The San Francisco Mint struck nearly 5.3 million Morgan dollars in 1891. Many remained in government vaults until they were released prior to 1960. Many of those coins released decades after they were struck were uncirculated, but were on the low end of the spectrum due to excessive bag marks. The most commonly seen mint state grade seen today is MS63. However, the coin is relatively available in choice as well. It becomes much harder to find in gem.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/14/2019

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1891 S $1 MS
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Base $ 32.00 35.00 38.00 40.00 46.00 50.00 60.00 65.00 75.00 100.00 110 130 170 390 1600 4200 16350 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 145 200 675 2400 7000 - -
1891 S $1 MS Prooflike
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Base $ - - - - - - - - 100.00 110 175 225 325 670 2750 10000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 250 475 900 4900 - - -
1891 S $1 MS Deep Prooflike
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 185 250 450 855 4000 18400 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 1350 7000 - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 7311
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67

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, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 6/11/2019 1891 S $1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-2-287222449195413115576135222931486226233---6796
-----------1321076-----29
-------------7322211----63
--------------1-------1
Total-2-287222449195413116579136123361515233243---6889
 -0 %-0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %1 %3 %6 %2 %8 %20 %34 %22 %3 %0 %0 %--- 
1891 S $1 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------111793111114161----354
---------------1------1
--------------1-1-----2
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Total----------111793112115171----357
 ----------0 %0 %5 %26 %31 %32 %5 %0 %---- 
1891 S $1 MS Deep Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----------183873347-----161
--------------1-------1
-----------------------
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Total-----------183874347-----162
 -----------1 %5 %23 %46 %21 %4 %----- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
11/24/1999 NGC MS 64   Teletrade Auction 1240, 1240/Lot# 1931 $152.60
9/27/2004 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #13, 17/Lot# 292 $241.50
9/10/2006 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg September 10-13, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 37/Lot# 3155 $833.75
1/5/2011 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(7), 1151/Lot# 11985 $299.00
1/3/2012 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(8), 1166/Lot# 7135 $4,168.75
6/3/2012 NGC Details UNC Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/03/2012, 25/Lot# 54701 $43.99
11/24/2013 NGC MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/24/2013, 102/Lot# 143461 $93.50
3/31/2015 PCGS MS 63   Prooflike Stack's Bowers March 2015 Baltimore, 6065/Lot# 33497 $434.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1891 $1 MS S Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base135143175175179179179183190194220255330456820120627054307621967941607629742
13715317517617917918018519120223128037257794817053239494464109888206310
0000001801851912022312803725779481705323949446410988800
000000181187192211243305414698107722053773558166021298200
1891 $1 MS S Deep Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1551631981982012012012052162202303364566201271264865646931731483152428645076
1571741981992012012022082172232653765108371730395366867058764713638312160
000000202208217223265376510837173039536686705876471363800
0000002032122182263004165651054218952586808718679811896200
1891 $1 MS S
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base12313115915916316316316717517918623027232348785422193579598665451560528998
12514015916016316316416917618120024428937760913092672438161729565200690
0000001641691761812002442893776091309267243816172956500
00000016517217718321525830643273117643125518363581258500
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 2672
Owner: AYWP
 
Grade: MS 64 DPL
Points: 2648
Owner: coxe
 
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