After a five-year hiatus in silver dollar coining in the United States, the $1 US silver coin returned in 1878 with a design from US Mint Assistant Engraver George T. Morgan. The designs featured on the obverse and reverse of the coins were created by Morgan and carried his name throughout the life of the series. Issued by numerous US Mint branch facilities over the course of several decades, few coins were considered as rare as Carson City strikes. Today, 1878-CC Silver Morgan Dollars with original GSA packaging are available to you online at Silver.com.
- Available to ship to you inside of GSA holders with an included box and Certificate of Authenticity!
- First date of issue in the Silver Morgan Dollar Series!
- Originated from the GSA auction of Carson City Silver Morgan Dollars found in US Treasury vaults in the 1960s!
- Consists of .77344 Troy ounces of actual silver content.
- The face value of $1 (USD) is fully backed by the US government.
- On the obverse is a portrait of Liberty.
- The reverse features the heraldic eagle of the United States.
- Bears a “CC” mint mark from the Carson City Mint.
The Carson City Mint was a rare example of the US Mint opening a branch facility for a specific purpose. Following the discovery of silver deposits in the American West, such as the Comstock Lode, the US Mint opened the Carson City Mint to coin silver specimens using silver mined in the west. Among the primary duties of the Carson City Mint was the production of the Silver Morgan Dollar. Open from 1870-1885 and 1889-1893, the Carson City Mint struck Silver Morgan Dollars from 1878-1885 and again from 1889-1893.
All of the 1878-CC Silver Morgan Dollars available in this listing are uncirculated items from the original release of GSA Silver Morgans in the 1970s and 1980s. Each coin comes in its original hard plastic case from the GSA with a shipping box and a Certificate of Authenticity.
The 1878-CC Silver Morgans are among the rarest specimens from this collection when housed in the original GSA, or Government Services Administration, packaging. Many of the early Carson City Silver Morgan Dollars never made it into circulation. These coins wound up in US Treasury vaults for nearly a century in uncirculated condition. The GSA auctioned the coins off to the public in the 1970s and early 1980s with these GSA plastic holders, boxes, and Certificates of Authenticity. As many original buyers eventually ditched the boxes and COAs to get the coins graded, it is relatively rare to find these coins from this date mark still in the GSA packaging.
On the obverse of 1878 Silver Morgan Dollars is a depiction of Lady Liberty. This left-profile portrait of Liberty comes with a depiction of the female figure wearing a coronet and wreath crown. The reverse of 1878-CC Silver Morgans comes with an image of the heraldic eagle of the United States.
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