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Obverse of 1881 Morgan Silver Dollar     Reverse of 1881 Morgan Silver Dollar


1881 SILVER DOLLAR

PCGS Nos: 7124, 7125, 97125, 7316

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 9,162,991
Proofs: 984

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 Heritage Numismatic Auctions

ex - the January 2000 "FUN" Sale, Lot 7047, NGC MS-66, unsold

Notes:
The 1881 Morgan Silver Dollar is readily obtainable in Mint State, but Gems are slightly scarce.  The most common Uncirculated grades are MS-63 and MS-64, which enjoy nearly equal rarity.  The finest examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-67's, 10 MS-65 Prooflikes, and 5 MS-65 Deep Mirror Prooflikes.

Proofs of this date are easily obtained...for a price.  The finest Proofs graded by PCGS are 2 PR-68s! The finest Proof Cameos graded by PCGS are 2 PRCA-67s.

Significant examples:
NGC Proof-69.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries "The Rarities Sale", July 31, 2002, Lot 469, illustrated, sold for $46,000.00

Recent appearances:
PCGS Proof-67.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 6671, illustrated, sold for $7,647.50

NGC Proof-66.  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach" Elite Coin Auction, May 25-27, 2003, Lot 2877, sold for $7,475.00
NGC Proof-66.  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach" Elite Coin Auction, May 25-27, 2003, Lot 2878, sold for $8,050.00

PCGS Proof-66.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 930, illustrated, sold for $4,370.00

NGC Proof-65.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 6670, illustrated, sold for $3,565.00  From the Fred Firestone Collection

Proof-63.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 1527, sold for $920.00

Choice Brilliant Proof.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 667, sold for $1,207.50

Brilliant Proof.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1191, plated, sold for $891.25

NGC MS-66.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6257, illustrated, sold for $1,150.00

Gem Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 668, sold for $373.75

NGC MS-65 PL.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part III", May 21, 2001, Lot 86, not illustrated, not sold

NGC MS-65.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6256, not illustrated, sold for $437.00

PCGS MS-65.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 8225, not illustrated, not sold

NGC MS-65.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 8226, not illustrated, sold for $494.50

NGC MS-65.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 8227, not illustrated, sold for $603.75

PCGS MS-65.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 6397, not illustrated, sold for $563.50

NGC MS-65.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 3698, not illustrated, sold for $431.25

PCGS MS-65.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 6399, not illustrated, sold for $1,840.00

PCGS MS-64 DMPL.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 296, illustrated, not sold

PCGS MS-64 DMPL.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 1066, illustrated, sold for $1,380.00  From the Jack Lee

PCGS MS-64 DMPL.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 1067, illustrated, sold for $1,265.00

PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6255, not illustrated, sold for $115.00

Very Choice Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 483, not plated, sold for $431.25

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

 

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