The Silver Morgan Dollars issued in the 1880s by the Carson City Mint were long believed to be some of the rarest coins in the entire collection. In the early 20th century, the US Mint was authorized by Congress to collect and melt down Silver Morgan Dollars along with other silver circulation coins. This move, combined with the overall age of Silver Morgan Dollars, resulted in relative scarcity for many date and mint mark combinations in the late-20th and early-21st centuries. However, the discovery of vast quantities of Silver Morgan Dollars in US Treasury vaults in the 1960s changed all of that. Now, 1883-CC Silver Morgan Dollar Coins are available to you for purchase online at Silver.com.
- Coins ship to you inside of GSA hard plastic holders!
- Sixth year of availability for Silver Morgan Dollars!
- Total mintage of 1,204,000 coins only!
- Consists of .77344 Troy ounces of actual silver content.
- Issued a face value of $1 (USD) by the United States.
- The obverse depicts Lady Liberty.
- On the reverse is the heraldic eagle.
- Bears a “CC” mint mark from the Carson City Mint.
The Carson City Mint was one of three mints to issue the Silver Morgan Dollar from its debut in 1878 through the mid-1880s. The Philadelphia Mint and San Francisco Mint were the other two, with the New Orleans Mint joining in on production in 1879. Each year, the Carson City Mint was routinely the lowest in terms of volume of coins struck. The mint had, after all, been opened primarily to coin locally-sourced silver from the vast mining complexes discovered in Nevada and the American West in the 1870s and 1880s.
Given the age of coins issued by the Carson City Mint and the low volume, Silver Morgan Dollars with the Carson City Mint’s mark and the applicable date ranges were considered quite rare for most years by the 20th century. The discovery of bags full of uncirculated Silver Morgan Dollars in US Treasury vaults in the 1960s had a huge impact on this. The 1883 release was one of a handful of dates to see more than half its original mintage wind up sitting in US Treasury vaults. After the discovery, a Government Services Administration audit found 755,000 of the original 1.204 million coins simply sitting in Treasury vaults, uncirculated since the 19th century.
The obverse of the 1883-CC Silver Morgan Dollar features the image of Liberty. Teacher and writer Anna Willess Williams sat through portrait sessions with George T. Morgan to serve as a model for the eventual image of Liberty found on these coins in left-profile relief.
On the reverse of 1883-CC Silver Morgan Dollars is a depiction of the heraldic eagle of the United States. Created by Morgan, the image shows the bald eagle in front-facing relief as it holds onto the arrows of war and the olive branch of peace in its talons.
These 1883-CC Silver Morgan Dollars are available with the original inner packaging from the GSA. As the GSA auctioned off the Treasury hoards of Silver Morgan Dollars, each coin was packaged inside of a hard plastic holder. That is the packaging you will receive today.
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