Coin Specifications

Category: Morgan Dollars (1878-1921)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 9,185,000
Obverse Designer: George T. Morgan
Reverse Designer: George T. Morgan
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 26.7300g
ASW: 0.7734oz
Melt Value: $13.47 (10/16/2019)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
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1885 O $1 MS obverse 1885 O $1 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The New Orleans Mint struck over 9 million Morgan Dollars in 1885. However, many of those did not circulate, but instead sat in Treasury vaults until the 1960's. Many uncirculated bags were released in the 1960's, making this issue one of the most common in high grade. In fact, NGC has graded over 30,000 examples in gem or higher! (10/2016)

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/12/2019

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1885 O $1 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 28.00 30.00 32.00 35.00 38.00 40.00 44.50 46.00 47.50 55.00 60.00 65.00 75.00 85.00 140 260 1200 12250 - -
$ - - - - - - - 70.00 80.00 100.00 190 450 3500 -
1885 O $1 MS Prooflike
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - 65.00 75.00 85.00 100.00 150 190 315 1200 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 225 535 1500 - -
1885 O $1 MS Deep Prooflike
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 100.00 140 170 265 475 950 3300 14000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 200 300 700 1600 5400 - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 225586
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 68

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, 67 series, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1885 O $1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base553912753112110710975812273783339550130090477457614--222616
-----------31310853456021977221--1537
-------------73885738413826---1450
--------------28612---19
Total553912753112110711277112388789079692630699499062615--225622
 0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %5 %35 %43 %14 %2 %0 %0 %-- 
1885 O $1 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------3421188606713232333---1803
-------------1-21-----4
--------------631-----10
-----------------------
Total----------3421189612718234333---1817
 ----------0 %0 %1 %10 %34 %40 %13 %2 %0 %--- 
1885 O $1 MS Deep Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----------114127406459139201---1167
---------------41-----5
----------------11----2
-----------------------
Total-----------114127406463141211---1174
 -----------0 %1 %11 %35 %39 %12 %2 %0 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
2/10/1997 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 0918, 918/Lot# 1643 $29.75
5/24/2000 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #20061, 20061/Lot# 1623 $190.00
9/10/2006 NGC MS 64   Goldberg September 10-13, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 37/Lot# 279 $345.00
9/25/2006 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 106, 111/Lot# 825 $57.50
9/9/2012 PCGS MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/09/2012, 39/Lot# 72815 $69.30
12/30/2012 NGC MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/30/2012, 55/Lot# 86740 $78.10
5/31/2015 PCGS MS 65   Deep Prooflike Stack's Bowers iAuction 3532, 6101/Lot# 20540 $793.13
  NGC MS 65   Bonhams $468.00
7/25/2018 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131831/Lot# 29924 $218.40


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1885 $1 MS O Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base12312313113914315115916717518619422726528846355188213031379145616542395
123126134140146154162170179189205240273346492661102213281405152219010
000000162170179189205240273346492661102213281405152200
000000164172182191216252280405522772116313541430158800
1885 $1 MS O Deep Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1511591671751831942012122232342442552883517451051182536756545691275299706
1541621701781871962052162272372482663094828471309244246326667711882550
0000002052162272372482663094828471309244246326667711800
0000002082192302412512773306149491567305855886790732300
1885 $1 MS O
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1231231231271311351511431471511631942092302723365869492368546659867834
12312312412813214015114414815517319921624429341970714223401563966020
00000015114414815517319921624429341970714223401563900
00000015114615015918420422325831550382818954433581300
Competitive Registry Sets
CategoriesSets
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Circulation Issue 2376
US Type Set, including Modern Issues 800
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, One-Per-Date 671
Basic US Type Set, No Gold (7070) 518
Basic US Type Set, with Gold (7070 + Page 5) 470
US Type Set, 1792-1964 360
Silver & Clad Dollar Type Set 323
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Complete 246
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, One-Per-Mint 167
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, PL and DPL Only 151
19th Century Series Type Set, Non-Proofs Only 105
Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921, Circulated Coins Only 86
New Orleans Morgan Dollars, 1879-1904, Circulation Issue 82
US Type Set, 1792-1964, Circulated Coins Only 74
19th Century Series Type Set, Non-Proofs Only - No Gold 67
19th Century Series Type Set, Proofs & Non-Proofs - No Gold 66
19th Century Series Type Set, Proofs & Non-Proofs 63
Basic US Type Set, No Gold (7070), Circulated Coins Only 46
GSA Hard Pack Holders, Non-CC Morgan Dollars, 1878-1904 40
Basic US Type Set, with Gold (7070 + Page 5), Circulated Coins Only 36
1885 Mint Set 35
19th Century Series Type Set, Circulated Coins Only 32
GSA Soft Pack Holders, Morgan Dollars, 1878-1921 28
19th Century Series Type Set, Circulated Coins Only (No Gold) 23
GSA Hard Pack Holders Complete Set, Morgan Dollars, 1878-1904, Including Varieties 14
Hard and Soft Pack Holders Complete Set, Seated, Morgan and Peace Dollars 3
GSA Hard and Soft Pack Holders Combined Set, Morgan Dollars, 1878-1893 3
Soft Pack Holders Complete Set, Seated, Morgan and Peace Dollars 2
Morgan Dollar VAM Varieties 0
Registry Image Gallery
Grade: MS 68
Points: 5639
Owner: AYWP
 
Grade: MS 66 DPL
Points: 3675
Owner: Hugh Stiel Rare Coins
 
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