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

1879 $1, DM (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66DM

PCGS MS65+DM

PCGS MS65DM
PCGS #:
97085
Diameter:
38.10 millimeters
Designer:
George T. Morgan
Weight:
26.73 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
14,806,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$19,975 • NGC MS66 • 4-23-2014 • Heritage Auctions
Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 2,000 R-4.6 84 / 117 TIE 84 / 117 TIE
60 or Better 2,000 R-4.6 84 / 117 TIE 84 / 117 TIE
65 or Better 25 R-9.0 37 / 117 TIE 37 / 117 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66DMPL PCGS grade  
2 MS65DMPL PCGS grade  
2 MS65DMPL PCGS grade  
2 MS65DMPL PCGS grade  
2 MS65DMPL PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66DMPL PCGS grade  
2 MS65DMPL PCGS grade  
2 MS65DMPL PCGS grade  
2 MS65DMPL PCGS grade  
2 MS65DMPL PCGS grade  
2 MS65DMPL PCGS grade  
2 MS65DMPL PCGS grade  
8 MS64DMPL PCGS grade  
8 MS64DMPL PCGS grade  
8 MS64DMPL PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: In 1879, the U.S, Mint at Philadelphia made three different Dollar coins: Morgan Dollars; Trade Dollars (Proof-only); and Gold Dollars.  Among the Morgan Dollars, the 1879 is popular because it is easy to obtain in all grades, including Gem condition.  This date even shows up in MS67, though very infrequently. 

Prooflike and Deep Prooflike 1879 Morgan Dollars are actually quite scarce and they represent just a small percentage of the total population.  Deep Mirror Prooflike examples are almost twice as rare as Prooflikes.

The strike quality of this date is usually excellent.