1881-S Morgan Silver Dollar

1881-S Morgan Silver Dollar

The 1881-S Morgan Silver Dollar, designed by George T. Morgan, is one of the most available of the Morgan Silver Dollars that were minted between 1878 and 1904. It is believed that at least 50% of this mintage is still in existence and hasn’t been melted down, which allows collectors to choose from literally millions of available 1881-S Morgan Silver Dollars.


History of the 1881-S Morgan Silver Dollar

The 1881-S Morgan Dollar was minted at the San Francisco Mint, with more than 12.5 million of these coins minted. The strike is usually well done and sharp on all points, and the quality of these coins is great, especially when certain coins from the San Francisco Mint have had less than stellar results when Peace dollars began to be minted here years later. The coins typically have a more satiny luster, almost prooflike, although no proof of this coin was minted. The 1881-S Morgan Silver Dollar worth is high for certain collectors, as there are plenty of gorgeous coins available that showcase the Morgan Dollar series well. 


1881-S Morgan Silver Dollar Value

Many of the lesser grades of the 1881-S Morgan Dollar ended up being melted down due to their value being in line with silver. Although it is possible to find 1881-S Morgan Silver Dollars in all grades. The 1881-S Morgan Silver Dollar value has brought in upwards of $48,000, and is a beautifully struck coin with plenty of options available. These characteristics make this an ideal Morgan Dollar coin to add to any collection because they show off the design of the coin and the series well. 


Type of coin: Silver Dollar

Year: 1881-S Morgan Silver Dollar 

Morgan Silver Dollar Mint Mark: San Francisco

Total mintage: 12,760,000

Metal content: 90% Silver, 10% Copper

Face value: One dollar

Weight: 26.73 grams

Edge: Reeded

Designer: George T. Morgan

Diameter: 38.10 millimeters