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Obverse of 1889 Morgan Silver Dollar     Reverse of 1889 Morgan Silver Dollar


1889 SILVER DOLLAR

PCGS Nos: 7188, 7189, 97189, 7324

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 21,726,000
Proofs: 811

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 Galleries

Recent appearances:
NGC Proof-66.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 333, illustrated, not sold

PCGS Proof-65.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 8494, illustrated, sold for $5,290.00

PCGS Proof-64 (illustrated above).  Ex - Superior Galleries' "The ANA 2001 National Money Show Auction", March 8-9, 2001, Lot 378, plated, sold for $2,530.00

Proof-63.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part III", May 21, 2001, Lot 110, illustrated, sold for $1,035.00

Choice Brilliant Proof.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1199, plated, sold for $1,840.00

Proof-63.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 334, not illustrated, not sold

NGC MS-66.  Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach" Sale, June 5-7, 2000, Lot 1774, sold for $3,565.00 "to the book"

IGC MS-66.  Ex-  Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale", October 5-7, 2000, Lot 8995, illustrated, sold for $1,265.00

ICG MS-66.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 498, unsold

PCGS MS-66.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 335, illustrated, sold for $2,070.00

NGC MS-65.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6322, not illustrated, sold for $178.25

NGC MS-65.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 8359, not illustrated, sold for $258.75

Notes:
The 1889 Morgan Silver Dollar is common in Uncirculated and Gem conditions.  The most "common" Uncirculated grade is MS-63, followed by MS-64 and MS-62, in that order.  Prooflikes and Deep Mirror Prooflikes are scarce but easily obtained.  The finest examples certified by PCGS are a single MS-68, 13 MS-65 Prooflikes, and 3 MS-66 Deep Mirror Prooflikes.

This date has the third lowest number of surviving Proofs of any other in the series (only the 1921 and 1888 dates have fewer survivors).  Nevertheless, nice Proof examples of this date are available for a price.  The finest Proof examples of this date graded by PCGS are a single PR-68 and 2 PRCA-65 Proof Cameos.

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