1893-S Morgan ‘slider’ silver dollar


Earlier this year I wrote about “Sliders”, illustrated with a half dollar pick about Uncirculated Barber which had sold out, and a reader replied that he thought the term referred to a coin of low-end coinage that was worn smoothly.

Commonly, a sliding part is also referred to as “commercial Uncirculated” and usually shows a little rubbing at the high points, but has a sheen that allows it to pass, at a glance, like new condition (although other uses of the term may exist). This is not a technical note, but rather describes a nice AU coin that can pass for mint condition when placed next to lower end uncirculated coins in a set.

An example of a large is an 1893-S Morgan dollar graded AU-58 by Numismatic Guaranty Co. which fetched $78,000 in Stack’s Bowers’ April 5 Rarities Night sale. It’s the key date in the series and this example is “just a whisper away from mint state preservation”, with near full luster, frosty texture, bold strike and terrific visual appeal. This cataloger concluded, “This appealing survivor of Choice About Uncirculated will certainly have no trouble finding a place in an advanced collection.”

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