1971-S $1 Silver MS66 Certification #81283439, PCGS #7408

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Ron Guth

In 1971, the U.S. Treasury made available Unciruclated and Proof verisons of the Eisenhower Dollar in 40% silver.  These were the first "silver" Dollars since 1935 (or 1964, if one counts the unissued 1964-D Peace Dollar).  The Uncirculated versions were packaged in pliofilm and inserted into a heavy-stock, blue envelope.  The Proof versions were placed into GSA-type, hard plastic "slabs" inside a slip-case cover with a faux-wood finish.  These new coins were an instant success and collectors snapped up nearly 7 million of the Mint State silver dollars. 

Many thousands of MS65 and MS66 silver 1971-S Dollars have been certified, and even MS67 examples are common.  However, in MS68, this coin becomes a true condition-rarity.  The auction price record for this date is $6,900, realized in 2012 when a PCGS MS68 example came onto the market.  Considering what "finest knowns" of other series bring, especially those of the 19th century, this seems like a relative bargain.

Frank Gasparro/Michael Collins & James Cooper
38.50 millimeters
24.60 grams
Outer layers - 80% Silver, 20% Copper; Center - 79% Copper, 21% Silver
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Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS68 PCGS grade
1 MS68 PCGS grade
3 MS67 PCGS grade PCGS #7408 (MS)     67
3 MS67 PCGS grade PCGS #7408 (MS)     67
3 MS67 PCGS grade PCGS #148405 (MS)     67
#1 MS68 PCGS grade
#1 MS68 PCGS grade
PCGS #7408 (MS)     67 #3 MS67 PCGS grade
PCGS #7408 (MS)     67 #3 MS67 PCGS grade
PCGS #148405 (MS)     67 #3 MS67 PCGS grade