United States: silver Morgan dollar, 1881-S

Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by lordmarcovan, Mar 8, 2021.


How interesting/appealing do you find this coin, whether or not you're an expert? (1=worst, 10=best)

  1. 10

    5 vote(s)
  2. 9

    12 vote(s)
  3. 8

    12 vote(s)
  4. 7

    3 vote(s)
  5. 6

    1 vote(s)
  6. 5

    1 vote(s)
  7. 4

    1 vote(s)
  8. 3

    0 vote(s)
  9. 2

    0 vote(s)
  10. 1

    1 vote(s)
  1. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & avid numismatist Moderator

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  3. SensibleSal66

    SensibleSal66 Casual Collector / error expert "in Training "

    Very nice !!! :)
    Here's mine MS-65 : 1881S Morgan -Obv-horz.jpg
  4. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & avid numismatist Moderator

    Probably as nice as mine, but without the plastic. Hard to say. Deserves a better picture.
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  5. SensibleSal66

    SensibleSal66 Casual Collector / error expert "in Training "

    I agree . that was an earlier Pic. when I was just learning to take Pics.
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  6. tibor

    tibor Well-Known Member

    Hello LM, I hope all is well. From the pics you posted I feel the coin
    is under graded. I have owned and seen 66's and 67's that weren't
    that nice and clean. Why do you think the coin received the 65 grade?
    That coin is truly a choice piece! Tibor
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  7. Robert Ransom

    Robert Ransom Well-Known Member

    I love all Morgans. Nuff said.
  8. spirityoda

    spirityoda Coin Junky Supporter

  9. expat

    expat Remember you are unique, just like everyone else

    9. Almost a lustre bomb. I am really struggling to understand the 65 grade
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  10. Dave Waterstraat

    Dave Waterstraat dave700x -1883 O nut

    I went 9. A DMPL would be a 10....
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  11. LA_Geezer

    LA_Geezer Well-Known Member

    Looks great to me, but then my eyesight is poor and I could not take a better picture than this if my life depended on it.
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  12. Tusky Ranger

    Tusky Ranger Active Member

    Ditto!! I don't think there is a bad Morgan (unless it's fake); each one tells a story. If it's an old cruddy AG example...ya just gotta wonder how it got that way :)
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  13. Inspector43

    Inspector43 73 Year Collector Supporter

    I didn't see any reference to grade in the question, so, I won't offer a grade. The question was more on the order of interest and appeal. My only interest in any coin is eye appeal. I don't care about grade. The subject coin is interesting and has great eye appeal. I give it a 10.
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  14. -jeffB

    -jeffB Greshams LEO Supporter

    Very nice!

    Mine's probably a 62 at best, but I'll be hanging on to it for the long haul, because it's the one I got when my grandfather gave a silver dollar to each of the grandkids one long-ago Christmas. :)
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  15. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & avid numismatist Moderator

    I can only suppose that since the 1880-S and 1881-S coins typically come so nice, they might judge those dates more strictly (while if it was a Carson City piece, they might give it more leeway, since those were more prone to bagmarks).

    But I dunno.

    Truth be told, I am not a Morganite, myself- they bore me a tiny bit, since you see so many of them. (I'm usually a "road less traveled" kinda guy.)

    But they're undeniably handsome coins- in any grade. And anyone with an eclectic collection like mine should have at least one, right?

    I thought this one was worth the hundred bucks postpaid I gave for it. PCGS trend price is $165 as I type this, and shows a recent price increase.
  16. Phil's Coins

    Phil's Coins Well-Known Member

    Nice coin, most of them(with that date) are graded 62-65, I do think that one is a bit over graded, looks to me to be MS62-63. JMO
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  17. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & avid numismatist Moderator

    I like the circs more than the MS pieces sometimes, for "character".

    I feel this way about Bust halves. I haven't met a Bust half I didn't like yet. Even the early fake ones, if they're contemporary counterfeits.
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  18. Morgandude11

    Morgandude11 As long as it's Silver, I'm listening

    I think it is a nice coin. Great luster, and eye appeal. One of the nicer non-PL 1881s coins that I have seen recently.
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  19. Mr.Q

    Mr.Q Well-Known Member

    I voted 8, nice 65.
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  20. capthank

    capthank Well-Known Member

    Beauty for sure.
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  21. Mac McDonald

    Mac McDonald Well-Known Member

    Would have been a 10, but came down one (to a 9...a penalty stroke) for the upside-down reverse photo. Last words, if not so "famous"...shoot the coin, not the label.
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