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Obverse of 1885-O Morgan Silver Dollar     Reverse of 1885-O Morgan Silver Dollar


1885-O SILVER DOLLAR

PCGS Nos: 7162, 7163, 97163

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 9,185,000
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 Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.

ex - the January 2000 "FUN" Sale, Lot 7100, NGC MS-68, unsold

Recent appearances:
NGC MS-67, Superb! Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 3643, not illustrated, sold for $747.50

NGC MS-67.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 8325, illustrated, sold for $1,725.00

NGC MS-67.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 8324, illustrated, sold for $1,265.00

NGC MS-67.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "The ANA 2001 National Money Show Auction", March 8-9, 2001, Lot 370, unsold

PCGS MS-67.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 6472, plated, sold for $2,760.00  Ex: Gregg Bingham NFL Collection (Heritage FUN Sale, 1/2001), lot 7938

NGC MS-67.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 6471, not illustrated, sold for $805.00

PCGS MS-67.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 320, illustrated, sold for $1,782.50  From the Jack Lee Collection

NGC MS-67.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part III", May 21, 2001, Lot 104, not illustrated, sold for $805.00

NGC MS-67.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 1091, not illustrated, not sold

PCGS MS-66 DMPL.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 6474, not illustrated, sold for $1,380.00

NGC MS-66.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 8323, not illustrated, sold for $230.00

NGC MS-66.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 8322, not illustrated, sold for $546.25

NGC MS-66.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 8321, not illustrated, sold for $460.00

PCGS MS-66.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 8320, not illustrated, sold for $402.50

NGC MS-66.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 539, not plated, sold for $189.75

ANACS MS-65 Deep Mirror Prooflike.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 8326, not illustrated, sold for $276.00

PCGS MS-65 DMPL.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 6473, not illustrated, sold for $402.50

PCGS MS-65.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 971, not illustrated, sold for $69.00

Gem Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1368, not plated, sold for $40.25

Notes:
The 1885-O Morgan Silver Dollar is readily obtainable even in Gem condition.  The most common Uncirculated grade is MS-64, followed by MS-63, then MS-65.  Gems are so plentiful that PCGS has graded over 11 bags (that's 11,000 coins)!  The finest examples certified by PCGS are 99 MS-67's, a single MS-67 Prooflike, and a single MS-67 Deep Mirror Prooflikes.  

As with most Morgan Silver Dollars from the New Orleans Mint, this date sometimes comes poorly struck.  The wait for a well struck example will be short and the premium for such a coin should be minimal.

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