$1 1879 S Morgan silver dollar NGC MS63
Lot Number:4
Start Time:6/9/2024 4:00:00 AM
End Time:6/30/2024 10:01:30 PM
Bid Count:3
Current High Bidder:M****2
Starting Bid:$1.00
Bid Increment:$1.50
Current Bid:$21.50

The 1879-S Morgan Silver Dollar is a sought-after coin by collectors, particularly depending on its condition and variety. Here's a breakdown of what to know about this coin:

Mintage and Varieties:

  • The San Francisco mint (designated by "S") produced a substantial number of Morgan Dollars in 1879, exceeding 9.1 million. This relatively high mintage means more coins are available compared to scarcer years.
  • There are two main reverse design variations for the 1879-S Morgan Dollar:
    • Second Reverse (most common): Features a round breast eagle and slanted top arrow feather.
    • Third Reverse (less common): Showcases a slightly sharper breast eagle and a more upright top arrow feather. The presence of this reverse can increase the value for collectors seeking this variety.

Value Range:

The value of your 1879-S Morgan Silver Dollar can vary significantly depending on its condition and specific variety. Here's a general idea:

  • Circulated Condition: These coins have been in everyday use and will show wear and tear. Their value can range from around $39 to $75 depending on the remaining details.
  • Uncirculated Condition: Coins that were never circulated and remain in mint state can be significantly more valuable. The grading system (MS-60 to MS-70) determines the exact worth. Generally, higher grades with sharper details and full luster will command premium prices. An MS-64 grade can reach around $141, while exceptionally well-preserved MS-70 coins can reach much higher values.

Additional Factors:

  • Variety (Second or Third Reverse): As mentioned earlier, the presence of the third reverse can increase the value for collectors, though not as dramatically as some scarcer Morgan Dollar varieties.
  • Toning: Similar to other silver coins, toning can add a unique patina and influence the value for some collectors depending on the color and distribution.


For an accurate determination of your 1879-S Morgan Silver Dollar's value, it's recommended to get it professionally graded by a reputable service like PCGS or NGC. This grading establishes the coin's condition and variety, providing a more precise market value. This information is crucial if you're considering selling or keeping the coin as part of your collection.

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