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SERIES: Morgan Dollars 1878-1921
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1879-S $1 Reverse of 1878 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS65

WHICH REVERSE?

PCGS MS65
PCGS #:
7094
Diameter:
38.10 millimeters
Designer:
George T. Morgan
Weight:
26.73 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
9,110,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$63,250 • PCGS MS66 • 7-28-2005 • Heritage
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 8,900 R-3.2 5 / 117 TIE 5 / 117 TIE
60 or Better 7,400 R-3.5 21 / 117 TIE 21 / 117 TIE
65 or Better 100 R-8.0 21 / 117 TIE 21 / 117 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade  

Jack Lee Collection - Dr. Volker Dube Collection - Heritage 2/2005:7215, $46,000 - Heritage 11/2005:2288 - Heritage 1/2009:4946 - Heritage 8/2011:7310, $43,125


1 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS65 PCGS grade  
3 MS65 PCGS grade  
3 MS65 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade  

Jack Lee Collection - Dr. Volker Dube Collection - Heritage 2/2005:7215, $46,000 - Heritage 11/2005:2288 - Heritage 1/2009:4946 - Heritage 8/2011:7310, $43,125


1 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS65 PCGS grade  
3 MS65 PCGS grade  
3 MS65 PCGS grade  
3 MS65 PCGS grade  
3 MS65 PCGS grade  
3 MS65 PCGS grade  
3 MS65 PCGS grade  
3 MS65 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: In 1879, the Mint made Morgan Silver Dollars with two different reverses.  The first, called "Reverse of 1878 or "Second Reverse"" was a holdover from the previous year and shows a flat-breasted eagle and a flat feather on the top fletch of the arrows.  The second, call "Reverse of 1879" or "Third Reverse" has an eagle with a nice, rounded breast and a slanted feather on the top fletch of the arrows.  The Reverse of 1878 is considerably rarer than the Reverse of 1879, especially in high grades.