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Obverse of 1879-S Morgan Silver Dollar     Reverse of 1879-S Morgan Silver Dollar


1879-S SILVER DOLLAR

PCGS Nos: 7092, 7093, 97093, 7094, 7095

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 9,110,000
Proofs: 0

Designer: George T. Morgan

Diameter: 38.1 millimeters

Metal Content:
Silver - 90%
Copper - 10%

Weight: 26.73 grams

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: "S" (for San Francisco) beneath the bow on the reverse

Images courtesy of Superior Stamp and Coin

Notes:
The 1879-S is one of the most common dates in the series.  High condition coins can be found with ease.  The most common Uncirculated grades are MS-64 and MS-65, but even MS-66's are common.  The finest 1879-S Morgan Dollars graded by PCGS are 67 MS-68's, 1 MS-68 Prooflike, and 7 MS-67 Deep Mirror Prooflikes.

A scarce variety features a flat-breasted reverse as seen on the early 1878 varieties.  This "Reverse of 1878" variety is scarce to rare in Uncirculated condition, very rare in Prooflike, and none have been graded in Deep Mirror Prooflike by PCGS. The finest examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-66's and 9 MS-64 Prooflikes.

The 1879-S VAM 45 was first listed in June 1999.  In May 2005, Leroy Van Allen announced that all 1879-S VAM 45's were counterfeits struck from cast dies.

Recent appearances:
PCGS MS-68.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6235, illustrated, sold for $2,875.00

NGC MS-68.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 8201, illustrated, sold for $1,955.00

PCGS MS-67.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 8200, not illustrated, sold for $575.00

PCGS MS-67.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 8199, not illustrated, sold for $718.75

PCGS MS-67.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 8198, not illustrated, sold for $805.00

PCGS MS-67.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 290, "3rd Reverse", illustrated, sold for $690.00

NGC MS-67.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 1039, "3rd Rev.", not illustrated, sold for $546.25

PCGS MS-66PL.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 474, not plated, unsold

PCGS MS-66, Gem Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1326, "Reverse of '79", not plated, unsold

PCGS MS-66.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 1792, "Partial Collar Strike, Third Reverse", sold for $460.00

PCGS MS-66.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 1040, "3rd Rev.", not illustrated, sold for $201.25

PCGS MS-66.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 2013, "Third rev.", not illustrated, sold for $167.00

Gem Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 475, not plated, sold for $517.50

NGC MS-65 DPL.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 412, "3rd Rev", sold for $207.00

PCGS MS-65 Prooflike.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6236, not illustrated, sold for $184.00

NGC MS-65PL, Gem Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1327, "Reverse of '79" , not plated, unsold

NGC MS-65.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6238, "Reverse of 1878", illustrated, sold for $2,530.00

PCGS MS-65.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 649, sold for $69.00

PCGS MS-65.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 650, sold for $69.00

PCGS MS-65.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 1793, "Third Reverse", sold for $75.00

PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 413, "2nd Reverse", sold for $977.50

PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6237, "Reverse of 1878", not illustrated, sold for $891.25

MS-63.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 1791, "Reverse of '78", sold for $552.00

PCGS MS-63.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 6371, "Rev of 78", not illustrated, sold for $322.00

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"The PCGS Population Report, April 2005" by The Professional Coin Grading Service

 
 

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