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


1881-S SILVER DOLLAR

PCGS Nos: 7130, 7131, 97131

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 12,760,000
Proofs: 0

Designer: George T. Morgan

Diameter: 38.1 millimeters

Metal Content:
Silver - 90%
Copper - 10%

Weight: 26.73 grams

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: Small "S" (for San Francisco) beneath the bow on the reverse

Images courtesy of Superior Stamp & Coin

ex - the September 19-20, 1999 "Pre-Long Beach" Sale, Lot 1583, NGC MS-68, unsold

Recent appearances:
PCGS MS-67 Prooflike.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 8251, not illustrated, sold for $1,063.75

NGC MS-67 Prooflike.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 1072, not illustrated, not sold

Accugrade MS-67.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 3609, not illustrated, not sold

NGC MS-67.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 8250, not illustrated, sold for $575.00

NGC MS-67.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 8249, not illustrated, sold for $356.50

PCGS MS-67.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 8248, not illustrated, sold for $862.50

NGC MS-67.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6268, not illustrated, sold for $488.50

PCGS MS-67.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 6413, not illustrated, sold for $1,035.00

PCGS MS-67.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 299, illustrated, sold for $506.00

NGC MS-67.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part III", May 21, 2001, Lot 88, not illustrated, sold for $414.00

MS-66 Prooflike.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6269, not illustrated, not sold

NGC MS-66.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 8243, not illustrated, sold for $345.00

PCGS MS-66.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 8244, not illustrated, sold for $316.25

NGC MS-66.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 8247, not illustrated, sold for $316.25

PCGS MS-66.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 672, sold for $172.50

PCGS MS-66.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 488, plated, sold for $189.75

NGC MS-66.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 936, not illustrated, sold for $207.00

NGC MS-66.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 939, not illustrated, sold for $241.00

NGC MS-66.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part III", May 21, 2001, Lot 89, not illustrated, sold for $218.50

NGC MS-66.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part III", May 21, 2001, Lot 90, not illustrated, sold for $155.25

NGC MS-65 Deep Mirror Prooflike.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6270, not illustrated, sold for $258.75

NGC MS-65, Deep Mirror Prooflike.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 3610, not illustrated, not sold

ANACS MS-65.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6266, not illustrated, sold for $92.00

PCGS MS-65.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 673, sold for $80.50

PCGS MS-65.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 674, sold for $63.25

PCGS MS-65.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 675, sold for $63.25

PCGS MS-65.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 1798, sold for $287.00

PCGS MS-65.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 489, not plated, sold for $69.00

PCGS MS-65.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "The ANA 2001 National Money Show Auction", March 8-9, 2001, Lot 365, sold for $92.00

PCGS MS-65.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 937, not illustrated, sold for $195.00

NGC MS-65.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 938, not illustrated, sold for $150.00

Gem Brilliant Uncirculated, Mirror Prooflike.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1339, plated, sold for $80.50

Gem Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1340, not plated, sold for $184.00

Gem Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 490, not plated, sold for $57.50

Gem Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 491, not plated, sold for $126.50

Gem Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 588, plated, sold for $69.00

Gem Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 589, not plated, sold for $46.00

Gem Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 590, not plated, sold for $46.00

Gem Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 591, not plated, sold for $57.50

Notes:
The 1881-S Morgan Silver Dollar is the most common date in the series.  Because of the general high quality of the coins produced at San Francisco, it is easy to find well struck, bright, and attractive examples.  The most common Uncirculated grades is MS-64, with MS-63 and MS-65 virtually tied for second place; even MS-67 examples are readily obtainable.  The finest examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-69's, 2 MS-68 Prooflikes, and a single MS-68 Deep Mirror Prooflike.

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