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1878 SILVER DOLLAR

PCGS No: 7070, 7071, 97071, 7072, 7073, 97073, 7074, 7075, 97075, 7076, 7077, 97077, 7078, 7079, 97079

Mintage:
Circulation strikes: 10,500,000
Proofs: 750

Designer: George T. Morgan

Diameter: 38.1 millimeters

Metal Content:
Silver - 90%
Copper - 10%

Weight: 26.73 grams

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: None (Philadelphia)

Images courtesy of Superior Stamp & Coin

ex - Superior Stamp & Coin's September 19-20, 1999 "Pre-Long Beach" Sale, Lot 1548, PCGS MS-66

Recent appearances:
See Variety Listings

Choice Brilliant Proof.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1188, "7TF", plated, sold for $1,495.00

PCGS Proof- 66.  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach" Elite Coin Auction, May 25- 27, Lot 2799, sold for $20,700.00

PCGS MS-65.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 1492, "Doubled Tail Feathers", sold for $2,070.00

NGC MS-65.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 1497, "7 Tail Feathers, 3rd Reverse", sold for $1,092.50

MS-63 Prooflike.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 1788, "Doubled Tail Feathers", sold for $253.00

NGC MS-63.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 912, "Doubled Tailfeathers", not illustrated, sold for $145.00

NGC Proof-62.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 380, "7 Tailfeathers, second reverse, parallel arrow feather", sold for $1,955.00

Notes:
There are many varieties of the 1878 Morgan Dollar.

The finest "8 Tail Feathers" examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-67's.  The finest Prooflike examples graded by PCGS are 11 MS-65's.  The finest Deep Mirror Prooflike example graded by PCGS is a single MS-66.

The finest "Reverse of 1878, 7 Tail Feathers" examples graded by PCGS are 17 MS-66's.  The finest Prooflike example graded by PCGS is a single MS-66.  The finest Deep Mirror Prooflike examples graded by PCGS are 6 MS-65's.

The finest "Reverse of 1789, 7 Tail Feathers" examples graded by PCGS are 6 MS-66's.  The finest Prooflike example graded by PCGS is a single MS-66.  The finest Deep Mirror Prooflikes graded by PCGS are 3 MS-65's.

The finest "7/8 Tail Feathers, Strong" examples graded by PCGS are 4 MS-66's.  The finest Prooflike examples graded by PCGS are 7 MS-65's.  The finest Deep Mirror Prooflike graded by PCGS is a single MS-65.

The finest "7/8 Tail Feathers, Weak" examples graded by PCGS are 10 MS-66's.  The finest Prooflikes graded by PCGS are 2 MS-65's.  The finest Deep Mirror Prooflikes graded by PCGS are 5 MS-65's.

The finest "8 Tail Feathers" Proof is a single PR-67. The finest "8 Tail Feathers" Proof Cameo is a single PRCA-63. 

The finest "7 Tail Feathers, Reverse 1878" Proof is a single PR-67. The finest "7 Tail Feathers, Reverse 1878" Proof Cameo is a single PR-66. 

The finest "7 Tail Feathers, Reverse 1879" Proofs are 2 PR-64's.  The finest "7 Tail Feathers, Reverse 1879" Proof Cameo is a single PR-65.

Varieties:
1.  8 Tail Feathers
2.  7/8 Tail Feathers
3.  7 Tail Feathers, Reverse of 1878
4.  7 Tail Feathers, Reverse of 1879

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"The PCGS Population Report, October 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service