History, Information, and Value of 1885 Morgan Dollar
Value of 1885-S Morgan Silver Dollar
The mintage of silver dollars at the San Francisco Mint this year was fairly modest, so that today the 1885-S Morgan Silver Dollar fits into the medium to scarce category. Most coins were put into circulation at the time or later melted under provisions of the 1918 Pittman Act, therefore making a well-struck mint state coin worth more. Over the years there had been a modest supply of Mint State 1885-S dollars on the market and the coin was never considered to be a rarity. Many examples are less sharply struck than other dates produced at the San Francisco Mint. Spend some time looking for examples with an excellent strike. Most display some flatness at the center of the obverse and center of the reverse. None of these coins were produced as proofs.
The 1885-S is Common in Middle Grades as the Low Grades Are Melted: Much of the mintage for the 1885-S $1 silver coin saw active circulation in the year of striking and EF to AU coins are reasonably available; lower grades tend to make it to the melting pot in times of high silver prices.
Look to Add the Highest Grade Possible to Your Collection: Grades up to and including MS-65 are available with some regularity in today’s marketplace. Look for a Mint State-64 coin with bold central details-it may take some searching-for the best value in today’s marketplace.
The obverse text on the Morgan Dollar reads “Liberty; E Pluribus Unum; 1885.” The reverse text on the Liberty dollar reads “United States of America; In God We Trust; One Dollar; S.” The obverse of the silver one dollar coin has a bust of a female facing the left wearing a cap and small crown, with flowers tucked in her hair and stars surrounding the border. The reverse of the Morgan Dollar has an eagle in the center with its wings spread and a wreath surrounding.
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