Coin Specifications

Category: Morgan Dollars (1878-1921)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 378,000
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: $13.64 (4/28/2016)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1893 S$1 MS obverse 1893 S$1 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Due to the rarity of the famous 1893-S Morgan dollar, all four issues of the year are considered important. In addition to the '93-S, the 1893-O dollar is extremely rare in Mint State grades, leaving only the 1893-P and CC issues for one-per-year collectors, and the Carson City Mint coins have their own loyal following. Compared to these other issues, the 1893 Morgan dollar seems to be somewhat underrated. But make no mistake, this issue is a rarity in its own right, especially in Gem or finer grade.

Only 378,000 examples were coined in Philadelphia during the year, with a total production of fewer than 1.5 million coins at all mints. Five different varieties are recorded in Van Allen-Mallis, all of a minor nature. Regarding distribution of this date, Dave Bowers remarked: "Not much is known about early releases of 1893 Morgan dollars, except that the low mintage attracted numismatic interest. Worn coins were plentiful in bank holdings and in circulation. Some bags were liberated in the early 1950s, by which time the date was numismatically scarce. A few bags came out in 1962-1964, but the issue remained scarce."

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Price Guide

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1893 S$1 MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 170 200 220 240 290 390 430 490 590 900 1075 1525 2550 6750 57000 - - - -
$ 325 - - 515 675 - 1175 2050 3500 13750 - - -
1893 S$1 MS Prooflike
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Base $ - - - - - - - 1000 1300 3650 13500 - - - - - - - -
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1893 S$1 MS Deep Prooflike
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 18000 26500 - - - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 4885
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66


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5/14/2006 NGC MS 61   Teletrade Auction 2203, 2203/Lot# 1884 $700.00
1/30/2011 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg January 30 - February 3, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 62/Lot# 1714 $920.00
2/28/2012 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 8408 $1,667.50
10/18/2012 NGC VF 20   Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(6), 1175/Lot# 9862 $176.25
9/25/2013 NGC   Goldberg September 22-25, 2013 September Pre Long Beach, 75/Lot# 911 $218.50
12/1/2013 PCGS XF 45   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/01/2013, 103/Lot# 155131 $275.00
1/5/2014 PCGS MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 785, 794/Lot# 718 $1,900.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1893 S$1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base48951556060264274178382991596411101393147216292001259743701001610517110371321219916
49753057461567575579885793110121204141915241753219931886252101831069011762154460
0000007988579311012120414191524175321993188625210183106901176200
0000008138869471061129814451576187723983779813410350108631248700
1893 S$1 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1110120612711333139314501505155816091668193622613023502220092860393560897431110473508262675
114212271291135314121468152215751628175720442515368950222292321846536536863619058442790
00000015221575162817572044251536895022229232184653653686361905800
00000015401592164818462152276943555022257635765371698398412707000
1893 S$1 MS Deep Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base50265137525253655481559757165836595860826208633666947251789883198756921111047158265410897072
5063517552895403551956365756587659996124625064556879746680388464890798231264028586684290
000000575658765999612462506455687974668038846489079823126402858600
0000005796591760406166629365747065768281788610905910435142334134700
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Grade: MS 61 PL
Points: 3023
Owner: Brian J1
 
Grade: MS 64
Points: 2597
Owner: K M Lust
 
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