Coin Specifications

Category: Morgan Dollars (1878-1921)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 4,900,000
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: $15.06 (9/26/2016)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1896 O S$1 MS obverse 1896 O S$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: 1/19/2016

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1896 O S$1 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 35.00 38.00 40.00 45.00 65.00 135 165 235 575 1850 2450 3150 9100 42750 200000 525000 - - - -
$ 70.00 - - 300 850 - 2600 3750 11850 55000 - - - -
1896 O S$1 MS Prooflike
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1896 O S$1 MS Deep Prooflike
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 8000 17500 29000 38500 - - - - - - -
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 6492
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 65


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
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Grade
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9/15/2003 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg September 15-17, 2003 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 21/Lot# 802 $8,050.00
1/30/2007 NGC AU 50   Heritage Auctions Tuesday Internet Coin Auction #27021, 27021/Lot# 13475 $86.25
7/24/2011 NGC AU 58   Teletrade Auction 3106, 3106/Lot# 2141 $368.00
5/27/2012 NGC Details Details  Goldberg May 27-31, 2012 The May Pre-Long Beach Auction, 69/Lot# 819 $414.00
10/14/2012 PCGS MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 721, 730/Lot# 169 $5,500.00
8/8/2013 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2013 August 8 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Rosemont Session(2), 1188/Lot# 4513 $1,762.50
8/30/2013 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, 195/Lot# 4744 $331.35
6/29/2014 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 187/Lot# 198172 $80.00
9/19/2014 PCGS AU 58   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3500, 6054/Lot# 22409 $340.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1896 O S$1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base127135143151171209255450515620127120092401305745398909147251953720094206622203926750
130138146158184224320472550837151721402620355159961084816329197232028321121236090
00000032047255083715172140262035515996108481632919723202832112100
000000385493585105417632270283840457452127861793319908204732158000
1896 O S$1 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base729754781809838867896926958990145027543386481750155219543056465869609866618656
7377637908198488779069379691143188529653863488350835289550257205945628673260
0000009069379691143188529653863488350835289550257205945628600
0000009169479791297231931754340494951515360557457956022647300
1896 O S$1 MS Deep Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base355136353721380938983988408141744270436744654565695180588727918096511013910645111691204615096
35793664375038393928401941124206430244004498536073208281887893379814103081082011461130630
0000004112420643024400449853607320828188789337981410308108201146100
0000004143423843354432453261567689850490299494997610476109941175400
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 3551
Owner: Midas Q. Morgan
 
Grade: MS 62
Points: 3057
Owner: K M Lust
 
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