The Silver Morgan Dollars were produced by the Philadelphia Mint, San Francisco Mint, and Carson City Mint from the first year of availability in 1878. While the Philadelphia Mint and San Francisco Mint would strike the coins every year until the program ended in 1921, other mints like Carson City, New Orleans, and Denver did not have the same continuous production over the course of the program’s history. The Carson City Mint holds a few dubious records as a producer of Silver Morgan Dollars. Right now, 1885-CC Silver Morgan Dollars with GSA packaging are available to purchase online at Silver.com.
- Ships to you inside GSA hard plastic holders!
- Eighth issue and last in the consecutive coining of Carson City Silver Morgan Dollars!
- Mintage limited to 238,000 coins only!
- Consists of .77344 Troy ounce of actual silver content.
- Bears a face value of $1 (USD) backed by the federal government.
- Liberty is found on the obverse.
- Heraldic eagle depicted in the reverse.
- Features a “CC” mint mark from the Carson City Mint.
Each 1885-CC Silver Morgan Dollar available here at Silver.com comes with the packaging the Government Services Administration used when selling the coins in public auctions during the 1970s and early 1980s. The GSA packaged the coins individually in hard plastic holders following an audit of the more than $3 million in Silver Morgan Dollars found in US Treasury vaults in the 1960s.
Among the distinctions the Carson City Mint holds as a producer of Silver Morgan Dollars, it stands as one of the three original producers from 1878 and the only mint to strike the coins in two different periods: 1878-1885 and 1889-1893. The Carson City Mint is also notable for using locally-sourced silver in the coining of Silver Morgan Dollars and for producing the lowest volume of coins each year.
Liberty is found on the obverse side of 1885-CC Silver Morgan Dollars from the US Mint. This design was created by George T. Morgan with Anna Willess Williams sitting for portrait sessions with him as an inspiration for the Liberty design.
The heraldic eagle of the United States is depicted in the reverse design of 1885-CC Silver Morgan Dollars. Also developed by Morgan, the design shows the bald eagle with the arrows of war and the olive branch of peace in its talons. The bird is set in front-facing relief.
When a vast collection of Silver Morgan Dollars was found in Treasury vaults in the 1960s, the GSA audited the stores to determine how many coins were in the vaults, in which years the coins were struck, and by which mints. The GSA found that 95% of the coins were from the Carson City Mint. The uncirculated coins went straight from the Carson City Mint to Treasury vaults. For 1885, 148,300 coins from the original mintage of 238,000 wound up in the Treasury vault.
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