Coin Specifications

Category: Morgan Dollars (1878-1921)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 21,695,000
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: $14.78 (9/28/2016)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1921 S S$1 MS obverse 1921 S 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.

Almost 21.7 million Morgans were struck in San Francisco this year, the most silver dollars ever struck in a year in San Francisco.

The coins are very common today, but fully struck examples with good luster can be hard to locate. The coins are available in gem, but do bring a large premium to lesser quality coins.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/6/2016

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1921 S S$1 MS
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Base $ 27.00 27.50 28.00 28.50 32.00 33.00 35.00 36.00 39.00 47.00 50.00 60.00 85.00 170 1550 8975 27500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 65.00 110 300 2000 16500 - -
1921 S S$1 MS Prooflike
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Base $ - - - - - - - - 75.00 175 450 1050 3750 9000 18000 - - - - -
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1921 S S$1 MS Deep Prooflike
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 24000 - - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 13473
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
Price
9/15/2003 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg September 15-17, 2003 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 21/Lot# 841 $1,092.50
10/8/2007 NGC MS 64   Teletrade Auction 2433, 2433/Lot# 1937 $179.20
1/1/2009 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 316, 322/Lot# 6201 $138.00
7/7/2013 PCGS MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/07/2013, 82/Lot# 112539 $143.00
9/29/2013 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131341/Lot# 24644 $136.30
5/12/2014 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3481, 6030/Lot# 20626 $109.28
8/31/2014 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131436/Lot# 23306 $96.35
10/25/2015 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131544/Lot# 22031 $1,292.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1921 S S$1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base12313113113513914314314314715116319420121630850217764888731792341924636285
12513113213614014314314414815517319620624637292628135697795612571249250
0000001431441481551731962062463729262813569779561257100
00000014314514915918319821127743713513850650785951590800
1921 S S$1 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base135143143147151159159159163167194288463113830093486624866027586102703164659147
13714314414815315915916016417622534668817613168440663666930848017395408130
0000001591601641762253466881761316844066366693084801739500
0000001591611651852564049132385332753276484725893752452000
1921 S S$1 MS Deep Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1551631631671751791791791831862373666201393344768207317765110270148094687787578
157163164169176179179180184203280450877207745716985742885241178325498604440
00000017918018420328045087720774571698574288524117832549800
000000179181185220323535113527625695715175399397132963618700
Competitive Registry Sets
CategoriesSets
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Circulation Issue 1973
US Type Set, including Modern Issues 669
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, One-Per-Date 505
Basic US Type Set, No Gold (7070) 433
Basic US Type Set, with Gold (7070 + Page 5) 415
US Type Set, 1792-1964 279
Silver & Clad Dollar Type Set 273
20th Century Series Type Set, Proofs & Non-Proofs 238
20th Century Series Type Set, Proofs & Non-Proofs - No Gold 220
20th Century Series Type Set, Non-Proofs Only 199
20th Century Series Type Set, Non-Proofs Only - No Gold 152
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, PL and DPL Only 130
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Complete 100
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Top-100 VAMs 96
19th Century Series Type Set, Non-Proofs Only 90
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, One-Per-Mint 62
19th Century Series Type Set, Non-Proofs Only - No Gold 57
19th Century Series Type Set, Proofs & Non-Proofs - No Gold 55
19th Century Series Type Set, Proofs & Non-Proofs 53
New Orleans Morgan Dollars, 1879-1904, Circulation Issue 34
San Francisco Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Circulation Issue 28
1921 Mint Set 28
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, GSA Soft Pack Holders Only 22
US Type Set, 1792-1964, Circulated Coins Only 21
Basic US Type Set, No Gold (7070), Circulated Coins Only 16
19th Century Series Type Set, Circulated Coins Only (No Gold) 15
19th Century Series Type Set, Circulated Coins Only 13
Basic US Type Set, with Gold (7070 + Page 5), Circulated Coins Only 12
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Circulated Coins Only 12
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Hit List 40 VAMs 12
20th Century Series Type Set, Circulated Coins Only (No Gold) 11
20th Century Series Type Set, Circulated Coins Only 10
Registry Image Gallery
Grade: MS 66
Points: 5697
Owner: AYWP
 
Grade: MS 64 PL
Points: 3486
Owner: Brian J1
 
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