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Larry H. Miller Collection Captivates Morgan Dollar Collectors

November 16, 2020

       Stack's Bowers Galleries hosted another major auction last week with their featured Rarities Night including the Larry H. Miller Collection Part I. Highlighted were many high quality and rare Morgan Dollars, especially in the Miller Collection, that had the Morgan Dollar collectors in a fierce competition for final bids. This sale was held at the Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach, California, and as with most recent auctions, had limited in person seating due to the pandemic restrictions.


1886 O Morgan Dollar certified by PCGS MS67 DMPL with CAC

Most Dollar experts agree that this coin is a huge rarity and cannot be duplicated in this ultimate grade. The 1886 O Morgan is generally a weak strike and many have a dull finish. This coin was described by Silver Dollar expert Wayne Miller as "the most spectacular Morgan Dollar now known" and it brought $780,000. The next highest grade certified is MS64 DMPL and there is one in MS65+ certified by PCGS, but not DMPL.

1886 O Morgan Dollar PCGS MS67 DMPL CAC

1886 O Morgan Dollar PCGS MS67 DMPL CAC sold for $780,000 at the Stack's Bowers Auctions Rarities Night, from the Larry H. Miller Collection Part I, in Newport Beach, California, November  12,  2020



1884 S Morgan Dollar certified by PCGS MS68 with CAC

This is the finest known 1884 S Morgan Dollar and is pedigreed from the George Bodway, Jack Lee, and Larry H. Miller Collections; again on the auction block, this time it sold for $750,000. This coin was also traded many times among dealers in the 1980's, from Tom Tkacz to Chuck Walanka and then to David Hall, before finding its way to George Bodway. There are very few in high grade Mint State with only a PCGS MS67 and an NGC MS66 of note.

1884 S Morgan Dollar PCGS MS68 CAC

1884 S Morgan Dollar PCGS MS68 CAC sold for $750,000 at the Stack's Bowers Auctions Rarities Night, from the Larry H. Miller Collection Part I, in Newport Beach, California, November  12,  2020



1896 S Morgan Dollar certified by PCGS MS69 with CAC

This is as close to perfection as you will ever find in a Morgan Dollar and it realized a whopping $720,000. The next highest grade certified is MS67, one each by PCGS and NGC. The 1896 S had an original mintage of 5,000,000, but Mint State coins above the MS65 grade are rarely seen in today's market. Below are some of the other highlights from this Stack's Bowers Galleries Sale.

1896 S Morgan Dollar PCGS MS69 CAC

1896 S Morgan Dollar PCGS MS69 CAC sold for $720,000 at the Stack's Bowers Auctions Rarities Night, from the Larry H. Miller Collection Part I, in Newport Beach, California, November  12,  2020



Date/DenominationGradePrice Realized
1914 D Lincoln CentNGC MS66 RD$38,400
1918/7 D Buffalo NickelPCGS MS65$216,000
1916 D Mercury DimePCGS MS65 FB CAC$44,400
1918/7 S Standing Liberty QuarterNGC MS67$102,000
1919 D Walking Liberty HalfNGC MS64 CAC$50,400
1919 S Walking Liberty HalfPCGS MS66 CAC$48,000
1921 S Walking Liberty HalfNGC MS65$78,000
1889 CC Morgan DollarNGC MS65 PL $324,000
1892 S Morgan DollarPCGS MS68$630,000
1893 O Morgan DollarPCGS MS65 DMPL CAC$360,000
1893 S Morgan DollarPCGS MS65 CAC$600,000
1895 O Morgan DollarPCGS MS67 CAC$528,000
1895 S Morgan DollarPCGS MS67 DMPL CAC$336,000
1896 O Morgan DollarPCGS MS66 CAC$528,000
1897 O Morgan DollarPCGS MS67 CAC$348,000
1901 Morgan DollarPCGS MS65 CAC$288,000
1934 S Peace DollarPCGS MS66 CAC$42,000
1797 $10 Gold Small EaglePCGS AU55$102,000
1907 $10 Gold Indian Wire RimNGC MS65$66,000
1896 $20 GoldPCGS PR66+ DCAM$210,000
1915 S $50 Gold Pan-Pac OctagonalPCGS MS63$78,000


       








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