Catalog Notes for 1879-S $1 MS Reverse of 1878: Morgan dollars from 1879 boast one of two reverses: the Reverse of 1878 (flatter breast and flat feather atop the arrows) or the Reverse of 1879 (rounder breast and slanted feather atop the arrows). While the 1879-S Reverse of 1879 was made later in the year and much more common, the holdover Reverse of 1878 is a scarce coin in all grades and rare in the MS levels. Examples grading MS65 or better are extremely rare, with PLs and DMPLs among the toughest of any to be found in the Morgan dollar series.
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Catalog Details

Coin Date: 1879-S
Denom: $1 / Silver dollar
Desg: MS
Mint Mark: S
Mint Location: San Francisco
Coinage Type: Morgan
Coinage Years: 1878-1921
Composition: 90% silver; 10% copper
Variety 2: Reverse of 1878
Strike Type: Business
Diameter: 38.1 mm
Weight: 26.73 gr
Designer: George T. Morgan
Edge: Reeded
Catalog #: 7094