Coin Specifications

Category: Morgan Dollars (1878-1921)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 21,695,000
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 (10/22/2017)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
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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.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/6/2016

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1921 S 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 50.00 60.00 85.00 170 1550 8975 27500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 65.00 110 300 2000 16500 - -
1921 S S$1 MS Prooflike
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - 75.00 175 450 1050 3750 9000 18000 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
1921 S S$1 MS Deep Prooflike
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 24000 - - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 14096
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67


Upcoming Auctions

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Date
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
10/24/2017 MS 64   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131743/Lot# 27632
11/4/2017 MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2017 November 2 - 4 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(5), 1261/Lot# 20184
11/4/2017 MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2017 November 2 - 4 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(5), 1261/Lot# 20761


Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
5/31/2004 PCGS   Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 937 $287.50
8/23/2004 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2004 August Pittsburgh, PA Bullet Sale #353, 353/Lot# 1558 $189.75
4/25/2005 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Richmond Sale, Internet-Only Auction, 40/Lot# 837 $123.05
10/11/2009 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 2756, 2756/Lot# 2458 $149.50
6/5/2011 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131124/Lot# 20221 $126.50
8/12/2012 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131234/Lot# 24526 $59.00
7/27/2013 NGC MS 66   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 2721 $4,993.75
8/25/2013 NGC MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/25/2013, 89/Lot# 133950 $70.40
9/28/2014 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131440/Lot# 21920 $893.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1921 S$1 MS S Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base13513914314715115515916316717128856310661753334549356545691279841027000
13614014414815215616016416821038073112952284387554726667726987461027000
00000016016416821038073112952284387554726667726987461027000
00000016216617024947189815242814440560086790762795081027000
1921 S$1 MS S Deep Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base155163167171175179183186190194320609113818433486731777158128102701480900
158164168172176180184187191236416785137323914763745078538842117831480900
000000184187191236416785137323914763745078538842117831480900
000000185189193278513962160829386040758279909556132961480900
1921 S$1 MS S
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base106111115119123131135139143147159190201237320551216149297704923400
1081121161201261321361401441511691942132653971088308458548214923400
0000001361401441511691942132653971088308458548214923400
0000001381421461551801972252924741624400667798724923400
Competitive Registry Sets
CategoriesSets
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Circulation Issue 2006
US Type Set, including Modern Issues 676
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, One-Per-Date 521
Basic US Type Set, No Gold (7070) 436
Basic US Type Set, with Gold (7070 + Page 5) 422
Silver & Clad Dollar Type Set 282
US Type Set, 1792-1964 275
20th Century Series Type Set, Proofs & Non-Proofs 241
20th Century Series Type Set, Proofs & Non-Proofs - No Gold 221
20th Century Series Type Set, Non-Proofs Only 198
20th Century Series Type Set, Non-Proofs Only - No Gold 149
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, PL and DPL Only 134
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Complete 112
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Top-100 VAMs 98
19th Century Series Type Set, Non-Proofs Only 88
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, One-Per-Mint 68
19th Century Series Type Set, Non-Proofs Only - No Gold 55
19th Century Series Type Set, Proofs & Non-Proofs 52
19th Century Series Type Set, Proofs & Non-Proofs - No Gold 52
New Orleans Morgan Dollars, 1879-1904, Circulation Issue 41
San Francisco Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Circulation Issue 35
1921 Mint Set 29
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, GSA Soft Pack Holders Only 25
US Type Set, 1792-1964, Circulated Coins Only 25
Basic US Type Set, No Gold (7070), Circulated Coins Only 18
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Hit List 40 VAMs 17
Basic US Type Set, with Gold (7070 + Page 5), Circulated Coins Only 17
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Circulated Coins Only 16
19th Century Series Type Set, Circulated Coins Only (No Gold) 15
19th Century Series Type Set, Circulated Coins Only 14
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: 5854
Owner: AYWP
 
Grade: MS 64 PL
Points: 4935
Owner: Mirrored Morgan
 
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