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Coinage Context San Francisco Mint. Like the Philadelphia and Denver facilities, the San Francisco Mint was pressed into service to strike large quantities of new Morgan dollars in Coinage began on May 9, The S dollars, like the D coins, all have a Micro S mintmark.
Max Mehl's sale of the Alex J. Rosborough Collection, April 9, , a S was catalogued as follows: This specimen is one of the first 50 struck, secured by members of the Pacific Coast Numismatic Society. Dollars of this date and mint were scarce during the s, for relatively few were released. This changed when quantities were paid out from storage at the San Francisco Mint at intervals from the s through the s. Not even casino operators and other silver dollar hoarders liked the Morgan from any of the three mints.
Today, while individual coins are exceedingly common, bags of S are few and far between. The Redfield estate apparently had a partial bag. The Numismatist, December , told of a recent release of S Morgan dollars: An interesting sight in the daily change around San Francisco recently has been the Morgan dollars in Mint or Uncirculated condition, some having just been released in that condition through the regular course of business.
It is thought that possibly 10 to 15 million were melted under provisions of the Silver Act. In comparison to surviving Philadelphia Mint coins, S dollars are far more elusive than the respective mintage differences approximately 2: In worn grades the S dollar is very common. An estimated two to four million survive. The usually-seen Mint State specimen is very poorly struck, has abraded surfaces, and even if the lustre is rich as it is on some , the high points of the design are apt to be dull.
Fully struck, lustrous coins exist, are scarce, and when seen are apt to be bagmarked. Of the S, Wayne Miller noted the following: Most are a weak mushy strike. My population estimates are as follows: MS to 62, 1,, to 2,,; MS, , to ,; MS, 30, to 60,; and MS or better per current interpretations , 2, to 4, Semi-prooflike S dollars are occasionally seen, but with far less frequency than with their Denver or Philadelphia Mint counterparts.
Full prooflike pieces are great rarities; possibly fewer than a dozen exist could these be "Zerbe Proofs," described below?