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Obverse of 1881-O Morgan Silver Dollar     Reverse of 1881-O Morgan Silver Dollar


1881-O SILVER DOLLAR

PCGS Nos: 7128, 7129, 97129

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 5,708,000
Proofs: 0

Designer: George T. Morgan

Diameter: 38.1 millimeters

Metal Content:
Silver - 90%
Copper - 10%

Weight: 26.73 grams

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: "O" (for New Orleans) beneath the bow on the reverse

Images courtesy of Superior Galleries

Significant examples:
PCGS MS-65 (illustrated above).  Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach" Sale, June 5-7, 2000, Lot 1713, sold for $1,380.00 "to the book"

Recent appearances:
NGC MS-66.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6265, illustrated, not sold

NGC MS-66.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 8238, not illustrated, sold for $7,762.50

PCGS MS-66.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 6408, plated, sold for $13,800.00  From the Gary Wolkwitz Collection

NGC MS-66.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 6409, plated, sold for $6,325.00  From the holdings of Andy Hansen

PCGS MS-65.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6264, not illustrated, not sold

PCGS MS-65.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6263, not illustrated, not sold

NGC MS-65.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 3608, not illustrated, sold for $828.00

PCGS MS-65. Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 934, illustrated, sold for $1,035.00

PCGS MS-65.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 298, illustrated, sold for $1,150.00

PCGS MS-64 DMPL.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 6410, not illustrated, sold for $718.75  From the Holdings of Andy Hansen

NGC MS-64.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 487, not plated, sold for $69.00

Very Choice Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 486, not plated, unsold

Notes:
The 1881-O Morgan Silver Dollar is readily obtainable in Uncirculated condition but becomes rather scarce as a Gem.  Likewise, Prooflikes and Deep Mirror Prooflikes are available, but usually only in the lower Mint State grades.  The most common Uncirculated grade is MS-63, followed by MS-64.  The finest examples certified by PCGS are 8 MS-66's, 3 MS-65 Prooflikes, and 4 MS-65 Deep Mirror Prooflikes.

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