Coin Specifications

Category: Morgan Dollars (1878-1921)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 5,000,000
Obverse Designer: George T. Morgan
Reverse Designer: George T. Morgan
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 26.7300g
ASW: 0.7734oz
Melt Value: $18.38 (9/28/2020)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
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1896 S $1 MS obverse 1896 S $1 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Although the 1896-S Morgan dollar had a mintage of 5 million coins, most went into circulation. Those that were kept in bags were apparently moved a lot, as they come with numerous abrasions and hits. While just over 200 coins have been graded by NGC in MS64, only 19 have been graded in gem or better. (9/2016)

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/24/2020

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1896 S $1 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 40.00 60.00 80.00 185 375 900 975 1355 1750 2500 3000 3500 4250 5500 15000 70000 165000 - 375000 -
$ - - 1050 1400 1830 - - 3900 4950 6500 27000 - - -
1896 S $1 MS PL
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - 1900 2100 3250 4750 8000 16000 - - - - - - -
1896 S $1 MS DPL
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 12500 21200 - - - - - - -

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Disclaimer: The prices listed in the various NGC Price and Value Guides are compiled from a number of independent, third party sources in the numismatic community which NGC believes to be reliable. Prices provided are averages, not specific prices for individual coins. Further, because these prices are only updated from time to time, they do not reflect short term pricing trends, which are quite common and are often quite dramatic, given the volatile nature of the collectible coin marketplace. This is especially true for rare coins, where there are fewer sales and greater variations in sale prices. For all of these reasons, the prices in these guides are designed to serve merely as one of many measures and factors that coin buyers and sellers can use in determining coin values. These prices are not intended, and should not be relied upon, to replace the due diligence and — when appropriate — expert consultation that coin buyers and sellers should undertake when entering into a coin transaction. As such, NGC disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information contained in the NGC Guides. By using the NGC Guides, the user agrees that neither NGC nor any of its affiliates, shareholders, officers, employees or agents shall have any liability for any loss or damage of any kind, including without limitation any loss arising from reliance on the information contained in the Guides.

Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2028
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 67

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, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 9/22/2020 1896 S $1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base32071115364145193821131126832821862191941441---2018
--------------2-------2
-------------3591-----18
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Total32071115364145193821131126832821892262031541---2038
 0%1%3%6%18%7%9%4%6%5%3%2%4%9%11%10%1%0%0%--- 
1896 S $1 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------22111----1---8
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Total---------22111----1---8
 ---------25%25%13%13%13%----13%--- 
1896 S $1 MS DPL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------11-------2
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Total-------------11-------2
 -------------50%50%------- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1896 S $1 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base151163167175268743120615311589168718242290258545655367558268201154114347172962385769307
15516416920642689713141550162117321979238832454832543859948393124761533019483390070
0000001314155016211732197923883245483254385994839312476153301948300
0000001422156916541778213424863905509955106407996713411163132167000
1896 S $1 MS DPL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base175183186198301809130316471707181019542445275432244064504970221204917296238573209996397
17718419023247097314171667174118582117254829103504439257068697137981948326604535310
0000001417166717411858211725482910350443925706869713798194832660400
00000015321687177519062281265130673784472063641037315547216702935100
1896 S $1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base139147151159248695113814501505159917302179246428983324395264371117213914150562100342655
14114815318839784212421468153616421879227426083040353347808015120861429417038282200
0000001242146815361642187922742608304035334780801512086142941703800
0000001346148615671686202923692753318237425608959313000146751902000
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Grade: MS 62 PL
Points: 4565
Owner: coxe
 
Grade: MS 64
Points: 3952
Owner: hobbyhut
 
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