The 1879-S Morgan Silver Dollar (Buy on eBay) ranks as one of the most widely available issues of the series, however there is a certain variety which is scarce and commands a large premium.
The more common variety features the Reverse of 1879, which can be identified by the slanted top arrow feathers. This refers to the feathers on the arrows clasped within the eagle’s claws. These coins are readily available and can be purchased even in certified gem grade for modest prices.
The scarcer variety features the Reverse of 1879, which can be identified by parallel top arrow feathers and a flat eagle’s breast. This variety was relatively unknown until well after the release of the coins. Premiums are strong at the gem level, where the coins can bring around $6,000.
Across both varieties, the 1879-S Morgan Dollar had a mintage of 9,110,000 pieces.
1879-S Morgan Dollar Mintage and Specifications
- Mintage: 9,110,000
- Mint mark: S (San Francisco)
- Composition: 90% silver, 10% copper
- Weight: 26.73 grams
- Diameter: 38.1 mm