Coin Specifications

Category: Morgan Dollars (1878-1921)
Mint: Denver
Mintage: 20,345,000
Obverse Designer: George T. Morgan
Reverse Designer: George T. Morgan
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 26.7300g
ASW: 0.7734oz
Melt Value: $13.21 (10/21/2017)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
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1921 D S$1 MS obverse 1921 D S$1 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

In 1918, the Pittman Act was passed. It called for the melting of up to 350 million silver dollars in order to sell the silver to Britain to keep their currency afloat during the first World War. In total, 270,232,722 silver dollars were melted.

A key piece of the Pittman Act called for the replacement of all coins melted with new silver dollars. This was the reason that the Morgan dollar was resurrected in 1921. Unfortunately, the Mint had already destroyed the hubs for the Morgan dollar years earlier. Therefore, Morgan had to recreate entirely new master dies for the 1921 issue. This is why the 1921 Morgan dollars look very different from the earlier issues.

Some 20.3 million Morgans were struck in Denver in 1921. Like the San Francisco and Philly issues, this was a record number that was never broken. Quality was better in Denver than San Francisco, and this issue is readily available in gem and above.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/4/2016

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1921 D S$1 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 27.00 27.50 28.00 28.50 32.00 33.00 35.00 36.00 39.00 47.00 49.00 57.00 78.00 140 400 1550 29500 55000 - -
$ - - - - - - - 63.00 100.00 185 800 6500 44000 -
1921 D S$1 MS Prooflike
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 100.00 150 375 950 3800 7600 - - - - -
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1921 D S$1 MS Deep Prooflike
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 3000 11500 21500 - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 17789
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 68


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2/24/2003 NGC MS 64   Deep Prooflike Goldberg February 24-25, 2003 Coin Auction, 17/Lot# 1019 $3,105.00
4/23/2006 PCGS MS 63   Teletrade Auction 2193, 2193/Lot# 2037 $63.00
9/27/2007 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 181, 187/Lot# 5697 $287.50
5/27/2012 PCGS MS 65   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 19995/Lot# 1188 $269.00
1/20/2013 PCGS AU 50   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/20/2013, 58/Lot# 93895 $38.00
7/27/2013 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 31080 $276.13
2/3/2014 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(5), 1202/Lot# 8370 $356.03
1/6/2016 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2016 January 6 - 11 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Tampa Session(5), 1231/Lot# 6127 $1,703.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1921 S$1 MS D Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11511912713513914314715115516318336650294916583365459148745169000
116122130136140144148152158170244411651118522273774468549725169000
000000148152158170244411651118522273774468549725169000
000000150154160176305457800142227964182478050715169000
1921 S$1 MS D Deep Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base127131139147151155159163171179201395539997300954667014743192341344600
12813414214815215616016617418626644369216683828598271538032106381344600
00000016016617418626644369216683828598271538032106381344600
00000016216817619433049184423384647649872928633120421344600
1921 S$1 MS D
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base111115119123127131135139143147163194198227298477990216199181041600
11211612012412813213614014415217319520825135864813804747100841041600
00000013614014415217319520825135864813804747100841041600
00000013814214615818419721727441781917717332102501041600
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 10084
Owner: AYWP
 
Grade: MS 67
Points: 10084
Owner: AYWP
 
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