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


1885-S SILVER DOLLAR

PCGS Nos: 7164, 7165, 97165

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 1,497,000
Proofs: 0

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) beneath the bow on the reverse

Images courtesy of Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.

ex - the January 2000 "FUN" Sale, Lot 7103, PCGS MS-66, unsold

Recent appearances:
NGC MS-66.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 3644, illustrated, not sold

PCGS MS-66.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 8331, illustrated, sold for $4,025.00

PCGS MS-66.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 1814, sold for $4,600.00

PCGS MS-66.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 6476, plated, sold for $3,680.00  From the holdings of Andy Hansen

NGC MS-65.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 8330, not illustrated, sold for $1,092.50

NGC MS-65.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 8329, not illustrated, sold for $1,006.25

MS-65.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 484, unsold

PCGS MS-65.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 321, illustrated, sold for $1,610.00

PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6305, not illustrated, sold for $322.00

NGC MS-64.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 1815, sold for $368.00

MS-64.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "The ANA 2001 National Money Show Auction", March 8-9, 2001, Lot 371, sold for $299.00

MS-64.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 2078, not illustrated, sold for $241.00

ANACS MS-63.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 2079, not illustrated, sold for $149.00

Choice Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 710, sold for $230.00

MS-60 Prooflike.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 2082, not illustrated, sold for $103.00

MS-60.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 2083, not illustrated, sold for $115.00

Notes:
The 1885-S Morgan Silver Dollar is relatively common in Uncirculated grades, but is very scarce as a Prooflike and exceedingly rare as a Deep Mirror Prooflike.   The most common Uncirculated grades is MS-63, followed by MS-62, then MS-64.  The finest examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-67's, a single MS-66 Prooflike, and a single MS-65 Deep Mirror Prooflike.

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