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Morgan Dollars 1878 to 1921

The Morgan Dollars were produced by the United States Mint from 1878 to 1921.

In 1877 Mint Director Henry P. Linderman ordered Chief Engraver William Barber and one of his assistants, George T. Morgan, to prepare pattern dollars, with the best design to be used on the new coin.

Morgan’s obverse features a left-facing portrait of Miss Liberty. The reverse depicts an American eagle. 657 million Morgan dollars were produced in 96 different date-and-mint combinations from 1878 to 1921.

Production taking place at the main mint in Philadelphia and the branches in New Orleans, San Francisco and Carson City. Carson City production was generally much lower and ended altogether after that branch was closed in 1893. Hundreds of millions of Morgan Dollars were melted over the years

1894 Morgan Dollar      1894 Morgan Dollar reverse

1894 Morgan Dollar

In the 1960s, with silver rising in price, opportunists recognized the chance to turn fast profits by redeeming silver certificates for Morgan dollars at the Treasury Department. Until the 1960s, the Morgan Dollars were largely ignored by the public. Major key dates include 1895, 1893-S, 1895-O, 1892-S, 1889-CC, 1884-S and 1879-CC.

1921 Morgan Dollar 1921 Morgan Dollar

1921 Morgan Dollar

The best place to purchase Morgan Dollars is at eBay. Most of these coins are expensive in the better grades and rare years especially the early years of issue. However, if you just want one or two for your collection look for Morgan Dollars in the grades of very good or better. You should be able to find many nice specimens for your collection in the $10.00 to $20.00 range.

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