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1921-S Morgan Silver Dollar Obverse     1921-S Morgan Silver Dollar Reverse


1921-S SILVER DOLLAR

PCGS Nos: 7300, 7301, 7348

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 21,695,000
Proofs: 1

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) below the center of the wreath on the reverse


Images courtesy of Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.

ANACS MS-64 Prooflike

Recent appearances:
NGC MS-66.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 6667, illustrated, sold for $5,290.00  From the Gary Wolkwitz Collection

NGC MS-66.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 6668, illustrated, sold for $5,175.00 From the holdings of Andy Hansen

ICG MS-66.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 6669, illustrated, not sold

NGC MS-65.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 8489, not illustrated, sold for $862.50

NGC MS-65.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 8490, not illustrated, sold for $816.50

MS-65.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 1597 Not Sold

NGC MS-65.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 6666, not illustrated, sold for $690.00

PCGS MS-65.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1045, illustrated, sold for $1,495.00

PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 6665, not illustrated, sold for $1,955.00

MS-63 Prooflike.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7036, illustrated, sold for $1,265.00

Notes:
The 1921-S Silver Dollar is extremely common in all grades up to MS-64, but becomes scarce in MS-65 and extremely rare any better.  Likewise, Prooflikes are extremely rare and Deep Mirror Prooflikes may not even exist.  The finest examples graded by PCGS are 16 MS-66's and a single MS-64 Prooflike.

A small number of Proofs of this date were struck for the noted numismatist, Farran Zerbe (along with a larger number of P-Mint issues), supposedly from the first set of dollar dies received at the Mint.  The mintage figure for the 1921-S Proofs has been quoted as high as 25, but the true number is probably much smaller, as only a single example has appeared on the market.  PCGS certified that coin in late 1999, assigning it a grade of PRBM-64 (Branch Mint Proof-64).

Walter Breen lists the following die characteristics for the Proofs:
"Recutting on top of left serif of both 1's (plainer on first); faint scattered rev. striations, plainest at TED, AME and nearest parts of wings."

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

"Walter Breen's Complete Encyclopedia of U.S. and Colonial Coins" by Walter Breen

"Walter Breen's Encyclopedia of United States and Colonial Proof Coins 1722-1977" by Walter Breen

 

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