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Obverse of 1885 Morgan Silver Dollar     Reverse of 1885 Morgan Silver Dollar


1885 SILVER DOLLAR

PCGS Nos: 7158, 7159, 97159, 7320

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 17,787,000
Proofs: 930

Designer: George T. Morgan

Diameter: 38.1 millimeters

Metal Content:
Silver - 90%
Copper - 10%

Weight: 26.73 grams

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: None (Philadelphia)

Images courtesy of Superior Stamp and Coin

Notes:
The 1885 Morgan Silver Dollar is readily obtainable in Mint State, including Prooflike and Deep Mirror Prooflike conditions.  The most common Uncirculated grade is MS-64, followed by MS-63.  The finest examples graded by PCGS are a single MS-68, a single MS-67 Prooflike, and a single MS-67 Deep Mirror Prooflike.

Proofs of this date are readily available for a price.  The finest Proof 1885 Morgan Silver Dollars graded by PCGS are a single PR-67 and 6 PRCA-66 Proof Cameos.

Significant examples:
NGC MS-67 DMPL.  Offered in the April 7, 2003 issue of COIN WORLD by North American Certified Trading for $10,500.00

Recent appearances:
NGC Proof-66.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 8491, illustrated, sold for $4,485.00

PCGS Proof-64.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6409, not illustrated, sold for $2,185.00

PCGS Proof-64.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "The ANA 2001 National Money Show Auction", March 8-9, 2001, Lot 367, sold for $1,782.50

PCGS Proof-64.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 6675, illustrated, sold for $1,638.75

PCGS Proof-64.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 2071, illustrated, sold for $2,300.00

Brilliant Proof.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 535, not plated, sold for $1,092.50

PCGS MS-67.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 318, illustrated, sold for $1,495.00

PCGS MS-66 Deep Mirror Prooflike.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6298, illustrated, sold for $2,070.00

PCGS MS-66.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 8310, not illustrated, sold for $184.00

PCGS MS-66.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "The ANA 2001 National Money Show Auction", March 8-9, 2001, Lot 368, unsold

PCGS MS-65, Deep Mirror Prooflike.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 3637, not illustrated, sold for $460.00

PCGS MS-65 DMPL.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 965, illustrated, sold for $1,552.00

PCGS MS-65 DMPL.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 966, illustrated, sold for $2,415.00

PCGS MS-65 PL.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part III", May 21, 2001, Lot 103, not illustrated, not sold

PCGS MS-65.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 704, sold for $86.25

MS-64.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 5634, not illustrated, sold for $63.25

MS-64 Deep Mirror Prooflike.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 6899, not illustrated, sold for $92.00

Brilliant Proof.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1195, plated, sold for $805.00

Choice Brilliant Proof, not far from Gem.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1363, plated, sold for $1,840.00

Gem Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1364, not plated, sold for $63.25

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