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Obverse of 1880-O Morgan Silver Dollar     Reverse of 1880-O Morgan Silver Dollar


1880-O SILVER DOLLAR

PCGS Nos: 7114, 7115, 97115, 7116, 7117, 97117

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 5,305,000
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, Louisiana) beneath the bow on the reverse

Images courtesy of Heritage Numismatic Auctions

ex - the January 2000 "FUN" Sale, Lot 7041, NGC MS-64 Deep Mirror Prooflike

Notes:
The 1880-O Morgan Silver Dollar is readily obtainable except in Gem condition.  The most common Uncirculated grade is MS-62, due primarily to the poor striking quality that seems to be typical of this date.  Prooflikes and Deep Mirror Prooflikes are very scarce.  Gem examples are extremely rare.  The finest examples certified by PCGS are 16 MS-65's, a single MS-65 Prooflike, and a single MS-65 Deep Mirror Prooflike.  

The finest "1880/79-O" examples graded by PCGS is a single MS-65, 6 MS-64 Prooflikes, and 6 MS-64 Deep Mirror Prooflikes.

Nicely struck examples that display 85% or better detailing of the hair above Liberty's ear and of the feathers on the eagle's breast should be worth a premium.

Recent appearances:
ICG MS-67- Superb!.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 3605

PCGS MS-65 Prooflike.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries "The Rarities Sale", July 31, 2002, Lot 467, illustrated, sold for $19,550.00

PCGS MS-65  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 6387, plated, sold for $13,800.00 From the Gary Wolkwitz Collection

PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 3599, illustrated, not sold

PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 3600, illustrated, sold for $747.50

NGC MS-64.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 3601, not illustrated, sold for $632.50

ANACS MS-64, Deep Mirror Prooflike.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 3602, illustrated, sold for $2,185.00

PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6248, not illustrated, sold for $1,322.50

ANACS MS-64.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6249, "80/79, VAM-4", not illustrated, sold for $920.00

PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6250, not illustrated, sold for $1,178.75

ANACS MS-64 Deep Mirror Prooflike.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6251, "VAM-4", illustrated, sold for $2,645.00

MS-64.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 6877, not illustrated, sold for $431.25

ICG MS-64.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 426, sold for $690.00

NGC MS-64 Prooflike.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 6389, "VAM-4, 1880/79", plated, sold for $1,782.50

NGC MS-64.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 6385, "VAM-43", not illustrated, sold for $747.50

PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 6386, not illustrated, sold for $1,035.00  From the Holdings of Andy Hansen

PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 294, not illustrated, sold for $1,725.00

PCGS MS-63 Deep Mirror Prooflike.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 1522, "VAM-4, 8 Over 7", sold for $483.00

PCGS MS-63 DMPL.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 6388, not illustrated, sold for $1,092.50

PCGS MS-63.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 3603, not illustrated, sold for $195.50

MS-63.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 3604, not illustrated, sold for $299.00

Choice Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1333, not plated, sold for $345.00    Ex- George D. Maloney Collection (New England Rare Coin Galleries, March 1979, lot 345) as Mint State 65.

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