Coin Specifications

Category: Morgan Dollars (1878-1921)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 4,004,000
Obverse Designer: George T. Morgan
Reverse Designer: George T. Morgan
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 26.7300g
ASW: 0.7734oz
Melt Value: $13.46 (5/27/2017)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
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1897 O S$1 MS obverse 1897 O S$1 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The New Orleans Mint coined just over 4 million Morgan dollars in 1897. Most had poor strikes and dull luster, and many were placed into circulation. Unfortunately. that means that uncirculated examples of all grades are rare today.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/13/2017

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1897 O S$1 MS
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1897 O S$1 MS Prooflike
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1897 O S$1 MS Deep Prooflike
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 6639
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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1/25/2004 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg January 25-28, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 23/Lot# 2770 $3,680.00
9/8/2008 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 281, 287/Lot# 1045 $152.95
7/3/2011 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131128/Lot# 28190 $89.00
7/15/2012 NGC AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/15/2012, 31/Lot# 62983 $99.97
6/3/2013 PCGS MS 62   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 20971/Lot# 2197 $1,930.00
9/16/2013 NGC VF 30   Teletrade Auction 3448, 3448/Lot# 2330 $30.00
5/11/2014 NGC AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/11/2014, 179/Lot# 192480 $110.88
6/2/2014 NGC AU 50   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3484, 6033/Lot# 20421 $62.28


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1897 O S$1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11511913914716322025536645056389115581886267137476473106531275714751152031630320094
11612614215218223229239448867211131667214830304656786611354134221490215570175670
0000002923944886721113166721483030465678661135413422149021557000
0000003294225257821336177724093388556492601205614086150521593600
1897 O S$1 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base793820849879908940971100410361110123916581969373049355137534555595779600665628536
802830859889919950982101510611153137917622556413250025206541656325855619172200
000000982101510611153137917622556413250025206541656325855619100
000000993102510851196151818653143453350705276548857065930637700
1897 O S$1 MS Deep Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2250231123722435249925642631269927672838290929823057546670779588100741057811100116411254415685
227023312393245625212586265427222791286229333007386060037914975010242107521128011942135910
00000026542722279128622933300738606003791497501024210752112801194200
00000026762744281428852958303246636540875199121041010926114611224300
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 3747
Owner: RJ JR
 
Grade: MS 62
Points: 3030
Owner: stuley
 
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