Please be aware that these particular Morgan Dollars are offered as an “any year” product and as such the item you receive will be from 1878-1904. The coins are picked by our staff based on our current inventory selection and each has been assessed as being in Fine condition.
The United States Mint began producing the Morgan Silver Dollar in 1878. It would be the first genuine “silver” dollar to be minted subsequent to the Coinage Act of 1873, which caused all silver coinage to drop in value due to the new gold standard. Its mintage continued until 1904 with one more year of production in 1921. Since its mintage occurred prior to the discontinuation of silver coinage, it is among the last pieces of silver currency in existence. Each Morgan Silver Dollar was minted with .77344 troy oz of 90% pure silver. With its unique mintage history and its composition, it has become a popular favorite among coin collectors.
The Morgan Dollar features the artwork of its namesake, George T. Morgan. As with previous silver dollars, Morgan’s front artwork features a portrait of Lady Liberty wearing the traditional laurel leaves, pileus and engraved headband. However, unlike previous coins which drew their inspiration from classical figures, Morgan chose to base his design on a real life model because he felt that it would result in a more authentic image. The resulting illustration depicted a less idealized Liberty with dark curls and realistic features. For a final touch, Morgan included a frame of thirteen stars to represent the thirteen original colonies along with the mintage date and the inscription, “E Pluribus Unum.”
In order to capture that same level of authenticity in his eagle design for the back artwork, Morgan spent time in the wild to study eagles in their natural habitat. This research becomes evident when collectors observe the textured rendering of its feathers and the realistic angles of its neck and wings. The eagle itself is depicted with its wings at their full span as its talons clasp around an olive branch and a set of arrows. It is partially surrounded by an open wreath. The words “In God We trust” motto have been printed above its head while the nation’s name and the coin’s mintage date appear along the outer edge.
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