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1886 SILVER DOLLAR

PCGS Nos: 7166, 7167, 97167, 7321

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 19,963,000
Proofs: 886

Designer: George T. Morgan

Diameter: 38.1 millimeters

Metal Content:
Silver - 90%
Copper - 10%

Weight: 26.73 grams

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: None (Philadelphia)

Recent appearances:
NGC Proof-64.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "The ANA 2001 National Money Show Auction", March 8-9, 2001, Lot 372, sold for $1,495.00

Choice Brilliant Proof, Brilliant and Mirror-like.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1196, plated, sold for $718.75

PCGS Proof-60.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6410, not illustrated, sold for $833.75

NGC MS-67.  Offered by North American Certified Trading in the October 22, 2001 issue of Coin World for $770.00

NGC MS-67.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 6478, not illustrated, not sold

PCGS MS-67.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 972, illustrated, sold for $1,208.00

PCGS MS-66 DMPL.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 322, illustrated, not sold

NGC MS-66, "Top 100."  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 3645, "VAM-17, Doubled die", not illustrated, sold for $230.00

NGC MS-66.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6306, not illustrated, sold for $172.50

PCGS MS-66.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 714, sold for $230.00

PCGS MS-65 Deep Mirror Prooflike.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6307, not illustrated, sold for $500.25

PCGS MS-65, Deep Mirror Prooflike.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 3646, not illustrated, sold for $546.25

NGC MS-65 DMPL.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 6479, not illustrated, sold for $603.75

IGC MS-65.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 5294, not plated, sold for $57.50

PCGS MS-65.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 8332, not illustrated, sold for $109.25

PCGS MS-65.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 715, sold for $80.50

Gem Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 716, sold for $86.25

Gem Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1370, not plated, sold for $92.00

Gem Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 540, not plated, sold for $1,035.00

Gem Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 541, not plated, sold for $97.75

PCGS MS-63.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 1816, "Partial Collar Strike", sold for $241.00

Choice Brilliant Uncirculated, Deep Mirror Prooflike.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1371, not plated, sold for $63.25

NGC MS-62.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 6480, not illustrated, sold for $718.75

Notes:
The 1886 Morgan Silver Dollar is very common in Uncirculated condition, but surprisingly scarce as either a Prooflike or a Deep Mirror Prooflike.   The most common Uncirculated grades is MS-64, followed by MS-62, then MS-65.  The finest examples graded by PCGS are 3 MS-68's, 8 MS-66 Prooflikes, and 20 MS-66 Deep Mirror Prooflikes!

Proofs of this date are scarce but not rare, and they appear on the market frequently.  The finest Proofs graded by PCGS are 4 PR-67s and 2 PRCA-66 Proof Cameos.

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