The Morgan Silver Dollar is one of the most sought-after coins from American history. Morgan Silver Dollars are considered one of the coins that helped launch the golden age of American coin design, and is undoubtedly the most popular silver bullion coins from the late 19th century. Now, you can own one of these coins when you purchase a Morgan Silver Dollar from Silver.com with an MS63 grade from the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation. The year of the coin you receive will be picked by our staff after your order is placed and cannot be guaranteed prior to ordering. Whichever mint year you receive, you are guaranteed to receive a coin that has been certified as MS65 by the NGC.
America’s most popular silver bullion coin was actually designed by a British citizen. George T. Morgan was a gifted designer, but the United Kingdom’s Royal Mint had no open positions for him during the 1870s. The 30-year-old artist was recommended to the US Mint when it sought fresh talent to redesign the country’s silver dollar coin program. These coins have a Mint State 63 grade from the NGC, indicating a coin that has numerous contact marks and scattered heavy marks. Small hairlines are visible on these coins and detracting scuff marks may also be present.
When the Morgan Silver Dollars were first struck in 1878, it ended a five-year hiatus for silver dollar coins in American currency. The Seated Liberty Dollar preceded the Morgan, but production was halted in 1873 with the passage of a new Coinage Act that year. Morgan created the image of Lady Liberty used on the obverse side by conducting five sit-down sessions with Anna Willess Williams. Her face and features were the inspiration for Morgan’s depiction of Lady Liberty.
On the obverse side of the Morgan Silver Dollar is that depiction of Lady Liberty. Her image is encircled by the engravings “E Pluribus Unum” and the year of minting. The reverse side features a bald eagle clutching arrows and an olive branch. Also designed by Morgan, the image on this side of the coin is accompanied by engravings that read “United States of America,” “In God We Trust,” and “One Dollar.”
The United States Mint struck Morgan Silver Dollars until 1904, with an additional one-year mintage in 1921. Coins in this series were struck at mint facilities in San Francisco, Carson City, Denver, and New Orleans.
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