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Obverse of 1886-S Morgan Silver Dollar     Reverse of 1886-S Morgan Silver Dollar


1886-S SILVER DOLLAR

PCGS Nos: 7170, 7171, 97171

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 750,000
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

Recent appearances:
PCGS MS-66.  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach" Elite Coin Auction, May 25- 27, Lot 3018, sold for $11,500.00

PCGS MS-66 Prooflike.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 6485, plated, sold for $6,900.00

PCGS MS-66.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 6484, plated, sold for $5,635.00  From the Gary Wolkwitz Collection

PCGS MS-65 Prooflike.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6310, illustrated, sold for $2,645.00

PCGS MS-65 Prooflike.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 8337, illustrated, sold for $2,415.00

PCGS MS-65.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 325, illustrated, sold for $2,070.00

NGC MS-64 Deep Mirror Prooflike (illustrated above).  Heritage Numismatic Auction, Inc.'s "FUN" Sale, January 2000, Lot 7109, NGC MS-64 Deep Mirror Prooflike, sold for $1,725.00

MS-64.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "The ANA 2001 National Money Show Auction", March 8-9, 2001, Lot 373, unsold

MS-64.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 5784, not illustrated, sold for $1,725.00

PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 6483, not illustrated, sold for $391.00

MS-64.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 2089, not illustrated, sold for $920.00

NGC MS-63 DPL.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part III", May 21, 2001, Lot 107, not illustrated, sold for $977.50

NGC MS-63 Prooflike.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 1556, unsold

ANACS MS-63.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 8336, not illustrated, sold for $483.00

Choice Brilliant Uncirculated, virtually a full Gem specimen.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1373, plated, sold for $1,380.00

Choice Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1374, not plated, sold for $776.25

Choice Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 542, plated, sold for $345.00

PCGS MS-62 DMPL.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 6486, not illustrated, sold for $805.00

MS-60.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 2090, not illustrated, sold for $121.00

Notes:
The 1886-S Morgan Silver Dollar is reasonably common in Uncirculated grades, but is scarce as a Prooflike and 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 4 MS-67's, 4 MS-66 Prooflikes, and only a single MS-65 Deep Mirror Prooflike.

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