Coin Specifications

Category: Morgan Dollars (1878-1921)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 5,708,000
Obverse Designer: George T. Morgan
Reverse Designer: George T. Morgan
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 26.7300g
ASW: 0.7734oz
Melt Value: $12.92 (12/8/2019)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
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1881 O $1 MS obverse 1881 O $1 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

As opposed to the San Francisco issue of this date, the 1881-O Morgan is much harder to come by in mint state. Some 5.7 million pieces were struck, but it seems the majority of those went into circulation. Whereas NGC has graded over 100,000 MS64 1881-S Morgans, only about 4,300 examples have achieved that grade from the New Orleans Mint. (11/2016)

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/21/2019

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1881 O $1 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 28.00 30.00 32.00 35.00 38.00 40.00 42.00 45.00 50.00 55.00 60.00 65.00 75.00 195 1150 9000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - 62.00 70.00 100.00 275 2750 21000 - -
1881 O $1 MS PL
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 100.00 125 155 195 425 3425 21000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - 140 170 215 800 - - - -
1881 O $1 MS DPL
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 125 150 185 375 1000 10500 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - 165 215 480 1650 - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 19869
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 66

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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 12/3/2019 1881 O $1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base44652218384210629668920110632936839343394769----18647
-----------161845247-----101
----------1--720654-----97
--------------1-------1
Total44652218384210629669020210692961845944284879----18846
 0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %1 %2 %4 %1 %6 %16 %45 %23 %3 %0 %---- 
1881 O $1 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------310308516021611131----619
------------12--------3
---------------11-----2
-----------------------
Total---------310308616221611241----624
 ---------0 %2 %5 %14 %26 %35 %18 %1 %0 %---- 
1881 O $1 MS DPL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------1212472072061235-----603
--------------41------5
--------------12------3
-----------------------
Total---------1212472072111265-----611
 ---------0 %0 %2 %8 %34 %35 %21 %1 %----- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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2/18/2008 PCGS MS 63   Teletrade Auction 2491, 2491/Lot# 1690 $134.40
7/17/2008 NGC MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 266, 272/Lot# 5848 $34.00
5/24/2009 NGC MS 65   Goldberg May 24-27, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 53/Lot# 681 $833.75
5/20/2012 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131222/Lot# 20270 $138.00
4/6/2014 PCGS MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/06/2014, 175/Lot# 176553 $70.40
10/31/2014 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 5133 $1,586.25
7/17/2016 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131630/Lot# 27263 $193.88


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1881 O $1 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1351431511551671751831902012092202302823815159253281780880918382909211585
1381461521591701781851942042132232473154266521710479079028188861999230
0000001851942042132232473154266521710479079028188861900
0000001881972062162272653484707882496629979978285885500
1881 O $1 MS DPL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base20121222023024125526527828830131733043753994919696509687572557651831510653
20521522323424625826928129230632136647167612893482663170027387787290940
00000026928129230632136647167612893482663170027387787200
00000027428529731232640150581216294996675371287519809400
1881 O $1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base123123123127131135143143147151163194216237288597204866166866712477549979
1231231241281321381431441481551732012232543911081357166996952733484960
0000001431441481551732012232543911081357166996952733400
0000001431461501591842092302714941564509367837038754400
Competitive Registry Sets
CategoriesSets
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Circulation Issue 2442
US Type Set, including Modern Issues 827
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, One-Per-Date 701
Basic US Type Set, No Gold (7070) 534
Basic US Type Set, with Gold (7070 + Page 5) 479
US Type Set, 1792-1964 382
Silver & Clad Dollar Type Set 330
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Complete 270
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, One-Per-Mint, Mint State 187
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, PL and DPL Only 152
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Top-100 VAMs 118
19th Century Series Type Set, Non-Proofs Only 109
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Circulated Coins Only 99
US Type Set, 1792-1964, Circulated Coins Only 87
New Orleans Morgan Dollars, 1879-1904, Circulation Issue 86
19th Century Series Type Set, Non-Proofs Only - No Gold 70
19th Century Series Type Set, Proofs & Non-Proofs - No Gold 68
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Hot 50 VAMs 66
19th Century Series Type Set, Proofs & Non-Proofs 64
Basic US Type Set, No Gold (7070), Circulated Coins Only 53
Basic US Type Set, with Gold (7070 + Page 5), Circulated Coins Only 42
GSA Hard Pack Holders, Non-CC Morgan Dollars, 1878-1904 41
19th Century Series Type Set, Circulated Coins Only 35
1881 Mint Set 34
GSA Soft Pack Holders, Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921 30
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Hit List 40 VAMs 26
19th Century Series Type Set, Circulated Coins Only (No Gold) 24
GSA Hard Pack Holders Complete Set, Morgan Dollars, 1878-1904, Including Varieties 16
GSA Hard and Soft Pack Holders Combined Set, Morgan Dollars, 1878-1893 5
Hard and Soft Pack Holders Complete Set, Seated, Morgan and Peace Dollars 3
Soft Pack Holders Complete Set, Seated, Morgan and Peace Dollars 2
Morgan Dollar VAM Varieties 0
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 3238
Owner: Burnett
 
Grade: MS 65
Points: 3238
Owner: GSA_Gem_Quest
 
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