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) III2 1 - C3a (Far Dat
e) (187) I-2 R-5
Obverse III2 1 -
Date set further right than normal at left edge slightly high 3.
Die marker - Diagonal polishing line in top of T in LIBERTY.
Reverse C3a -
Normal die of C3 type with a medium IV S mint mark centered and upright.
2 III2 1 - C3b (Far Date, S tilted to the Right) (?) I-2 R-6
Obverse III2 1 -
Same die as VAM 1 with diagonal polishing mark in top of T in LIBERTY.
Reverse C3a -
Medium IV S mint mark set slightly low and centered with slight tilt to the right.
Only one obverse die is known to have been used. Van Allen & Mallis report the average San Francisco pieces struck per die pair at 121,930. Only 100,000 pieces were reported as minted for the 1893-S.
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Here is a link to article on the identifiers for these varieties.
Characteristics of Genuine 1893 S Morgan Dollars by John Roberts
There are NUMEROUS COUNTERFEITS!!!
Counterfeits may be added S mintmarks to 1893-P, altered digits, or struck or molded copies.
Due to the large number and frequency at which fakes are currently being found a photo galley has been assembled.
1893-S Fake Gallery
The entire mintage was produced using one obverse die and two reverse dies.
The date is positioned with the left edge of the base of the 1 over the right half of the third denticle from the point of the neck and the right edge of the base of the 1 is over the left half of the fifth denticle. (RH3 LH5)
Two small die gouges nicknamed the 'rabbit ears' are found in the left foot of the R of LIBERTY. Note the scratch inside the T as well
An almost horizontal die scratch may be found between the lower wheat and first cotton leaf
The 'normal' mintmark reverse has the S set upright almost perfectly centered under the bow knot.
It is slightly closer to the bow above it than the leters DO below it.
The 'tilted' mintmark reverse has the S set with a tilt to the right. It is slightly closer to the letters DO below it
than the bow above it. There is a diagonal line down slightly to the left thru the center of the bow opening
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1893-S Morgan Silver Dollar, MS67 The Finest NGC-Certified Specimen From the Norweb and Jack Lee Collections. For the Description of this Fabulous Coin, click on the Heritage link above.
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1893-S VAM-2 PCGS MS63 Heritage $282,000.00 July 18, 2015
1893-S VAM-1 NGC MS67 Heritage $546,250.00 August-12-2011
1893-S VAM-1 NGC AU53 Heritage $22,000.00 May-10-2007
1893-S VAM-1 NGC AU50 Heritage $17,500.00 May-10-2007
1893-S VAM-1 NGC XF45 Heritage $10,000.00 May-10-2007
1893-S VAM-1 ANACS XF45 Heritage $7,500.00 May-10-2007
1893-S VAM-1 PCGS XF45 Heritage $7,500.00 May-12-2007
1893-S VAM-1 ANACS VF30 Heritage $4,750.00 May-12-2007
1893-S VAM-1 PCGS VF20 Heritage $5,500.00 May-12-2007
1893-S VAM-1 NGC VF25 eBAY $5808.08 Jan-17-2007
1893-S VAM-1 ANACS VF20 eBAY $4100.00 Jan-14-2007
1893-S VAM-1 PCGS G06 eBAY $2801.00 Jan-27-2007
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