Coin Specifications

Category: Morgan Dollars (1878-1921)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 4,900,000
Obverse Designer: George T. Morgan
Reverse Designer: George T. Morgan
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 26.7300g
ASW: 0.7734oz
Melt Value: $19.78 (8/1/2021)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
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1896 O $1 MS obverse 1896 O $1 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

After four years of low production of silver dollars at the New Orleans Mint, some 4.9 million Morgans were produced there in 1896. However, quantity does not equal quality. Most coins are abraded and have poor strikes and luster.

Additionally, the low mintage of prior years meant that most of this mintage was immediately placed into circulation. Due to this, the average grade encountered for an 1896-O is usually in the high AU range. Uncirculated coins are available, but they thin out greatly in MS63 and above.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/19/2021

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1896 O $1 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 45.00 47.00 48.00 50.00 75.00 135 165 190 450 1735 1750 2600 5800 41000 165000 450000 - - - -
$ 85.00 - - 270 775 - 2200 3750 9750 50000 - - - -
1896 O $1 MS PL
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Base $ - - - - - - - 780 2150 2500 3900 10000 - - - - - - - -
1896 O $1 MS DPL
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Base $ - - - - - - - - 7000 8200 17500 29000 34000 - - - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 7470
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 65

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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 7/27/2021 1896 O $1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base535524118719059064696314641863240551426147104-----7414
----------1-----------1
---------28-254-------21
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Total535524118719059064696314661872240553431151104-----7436
 0%0%1%1%3%3%8%9%13%20%25%3%7%6%2%0%0%----- 
1896 O $1 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------720784--------46
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---------1------------1
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Total---------820784--------47
 ---------17%43%15%17%9%-------- 
1896 O $1 MS DPL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------521-11------10
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Total----------521-11------10
 ----------50%20%10%-10%10%------ 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1896 O $1 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base7297547818098388678969269581483255527543406515854669588147512009421088221182356625082
737763790819848877906937113318402621297139905261684011309165322042521431226012407126336
0000009069371133184026212971399052616840113091653220425214312260100
0000009169471308219826883189457453638214130301831320757217752308300
1896 O $1 MS DPL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3551363537213809389839884081417442704367443147446473785983389918152522066221677227282420525751
35793664375038393928401941124206430243884535532069358019886511696170552100022027232202472027039
000000411242064302438845355320693580198865116961705521000220272322000
000000414342384335441046405897739781789391134741885921339223782371300
1896 O $1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base163183190194201237288463539597106622922302280740808929143471953720511215212293924426
1701851911962132543464885587531475229524703231569610735160771986220848219942343525647
00000034648855875314752295247032315696107351607719862208482199400
00000040551457891018832299263936567313125411780720186211842246600
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Grade: MS 62 PL
Points: 5158
Owner: Ramundo
 
Grade: MS 63
Points: 4080
Owner: RJ JR
 
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