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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 Auctions
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1
90
3
1
2
50
1
2
4
36
1
4
6
36
6
6
8
36
5
8
10
36
5
10
12
37
10
12
15
37
12
15
20
39
11
20
25
39
12
25
30
39
16
30
35
40
19
35
45+
43
45+
50+
67
50+
53+
75
53+
55+
105
55+
58+
175
58+
65+
10,500
2
65+
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 3 Collection - Dr. Volker Dube Collection - Heritage 2/2005:7215, $46,000 - Heritage 11/2005:2288, $40,250 - Heritage 1/2009:4946, $28,750 - Heritage 8/2011:7310, $43,125

1 MS66 PCGS grade  

American Numismatic Rarities 1/2004:184, $23,000 - Heritage 7/2005:10279, $63,250 - Heritage 4/2007:13, $35,938

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

Jack Lee 3 Collection - Dr. Volker Dube Collection - Heritage 2/2005:7215, $46,000 - Heritage 11/2005:2288, $40,250 - Heritage 1/2009:4946, $28,750 - Heritage 8/2011:7310, $43,125

1 MS66 PCGS grade  

American Numismatic Rarities 1/2004:184, $23,000 - Heritage 7/2005:10279, $63,250 - Heritage 4/2007:13, $35,938

3 MS65+ PCGS grade
3 MS65+ PCGS grade  
5 MS65 PCGS grade  
5 MS65 PCGS grade  
5 MS65 PCGS grade  
5 MS65 PCGS grade  
5 MS65 PCGS grade  
5 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.