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Obverse of 1879 Morgan Silver Dollar     Reverse of 1879 Morgan Silver Dollar


1879 SILVER DOLLAR

PCGS Nos: 7084, 7085, 97085, 7314

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 14,806,000
Proofs: 1,100

Designer: George T. Morgan

Diameter: 38.1 millimeters

Metal Content:
Silver - 90%
Copper - 10%

Weight: 26.73 grams

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: None

Images courtesy of Superior Galleries

Significant examples:
NGC Proof-65 (illustrated above).  Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach" Sale, June 5-7, 2000, Lot 1675, sold for $3,105.00 "to the book."

Recent appearances:
PCGS Proof 68 - Superb!  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 3585, illustrated, sold for $28,175.00

NGC Proof-66.  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach" Elite Coin Auction, May 25-27, 2003, Lot 2827, sold for $6,152.50

NGC Proof-65.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6407, illustrated, sold for $4,025.00

Proof-65.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 1790, sold for $3,910.00

Very Choice Brilliant Proof.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1189, plated, sold for $1,150.00

PCGS MS-66.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 918, illustrated, sold for $4,025.00  From the Ray Cassano Collection

PCGS MS-66.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 920, "Third Rev.", not illustrated, sold for $460.00

PCGS MS-65 Prooflike.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 6355, not illustrated, sold for $1,265.00

PCGS MS-65.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 3586, not illustrated, sold for $1,322.50

PCGS MS-65.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 3587, not illustrated, sold for $690.00

PCGS MS-65.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6229, not illustrated, sold for $701.50

PCGS MS-65.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 8186, not illustrated, not sold

NGC MS-65.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 1505, unsold

NGC MS-65.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 1506, unsold

PCGS MS-65.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 6354, not illustrated, sold for $632.50

PCGS MS-65.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 921, "Third Rev", not illustrated, sold for $75.00

PCGS MS-65.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 283, illustrated, sold for $1,092.50

NGC MS-65.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 1033, not illustrated, not sold

Gem Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1322, not plated, sold for $172.50

SEGS MS-64 DMPL.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 919, not illustrated, sold for $431.00

PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6228, not illustrated, sold for $138.00

Notes:
The 1879 is easy to obtain, but is scarcer than its mintage indicates.  The most common Uncirculated grade is MS-63; enough Gems are known to satisfy the demand at an affordable price.  The finest examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-67's, one MS-66 Prooflike, and one MS-66 Deep Mirror Prooflike.

Proofs are generally easy to obtain, but become very rare at the PR-67 and better levels.  The finest Proof examples graded by PCGS are 3 PR-68's. The finest Proof Cameo example graded by PCGS is a single PRCA-67.

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