Ron Guth: The 1895-O Silver Dollars is one of the most difficult of the series to find in nice condition. The quantity of truly Mint State 1895-O Dollars is very low. This statement becomes clear on examining the PCGS Population Report. As of October 2012, PCGS had certified approximately equal quantities of 1894-S, 1895-O, and 1896-O Dollars -- between 4,000 and 5,000 each. Any suggestions of similarities between these dates is demolished when one examines the Mint State columns, where PCGS shows the following -- for the 1894-S, PCGS shows nearly 3,000 MS examples; for the 1896-O, nearly 1,300; for the 1895-O, a mere 143 examples.
Prooflike and Deep Mirror Prooflike 1895-O Dollars are very rare.
The finest 1895-O Dollar is a single PCGS MS-67, the phenomenal coin once owned by Silver Dollar specialists Wayne Miller and Jack Lee, and which realized $575,000 way back in 2005.
Wayne Miller Collection, acquired 1/1975 for $5,500 - Superior 1/1986:1310 - Jack Lee Collection - Heritage 11/2005:2324, $575,000
J.W. Scott & Co., sold privately on 10/26/1908 - Albert Fairchild Holden - Norweb Collection - Bowers & Merena 11/1988:3892, $22,000 - Michael Casper Collection - Arno Collection - Heritage 1/2009:5037, $126,500 - Sunnywood/Simpson Collection - Legend 10/2014:194, $258,500
Bowers & Merena 9/2004:1187, $149,500
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