MA-Shops: The Morgan Dollar

MA-Shops - Morgan Dollars

By Joël van DamOwner, Joëlnumismatics, for ……

Before I started as a dealer (when I was 18 years old), I collected many different types of coins and banknotes. I collected the things that I liked because of their aesthetic value or their historical value. Of course, since I was a teenager, it was also important that I could afford the coins I wanted to collect. And obviously, this was, from time to time, very frustrating.

The first coins I started to collect were Dutch coins dated 1818 through 2001. The first foreign coins I collected were dollars from the United States. After just one year of collecting all kinds of dollars from the US, I decided to focus on Morgan Dollars.

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Morgan Dollar US 1895-O $1 PCGS

395,000.00 US$


  • Catalog: 7236
  • Weight: 26.73 g
  • Diameter: 38.10 mm
  • Mintage: 450,000

The 1895-O is one of the most popular key dates in the Morgan series. An incredibly fresh and original coin it is one of only three graded MS66 by PCGS, with only one grading higher at MS67. Dark bluish-gray tints from original album tones cover both sides of the coin with an overall pleasing appearance.

  • Designer: George T. Morgan

$1 1890-CC US Morgan Dollar, Tailbar

4,450.00 US$


PCGS/CAC 03774528. Tailbar, VAM-4, Top 100. Exceptionally nice with wonderful surfaces, uber frosty with great cartwheel luster, well struck and absolutely undipped, original white. A primo example of this Top 100 variety.

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The Morgan dollar is named after the designer of the coin, George T. Morgan. He was a great designer and made several beautiful coins. He is most famous for his design of the Morgan dollar, but he is also known for the design of the famous Columbian Exposition half Dollar, which was struck in 1892 and 1893. This was the first commemorative coin that the US Mint ever produced (in an official capacity, anyway). The iconography of the Morgan dollar is typically American. On the observe you can see the head of Lady Liberty and the Latin text E PLURIBUS UNUM (“One Out of Many”). On the reverse you can see an eagle clasping an olive branch and arrows. The reverse features the legends UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, ONE DOLLAR and the motto IN GOD WE TRUST. The quality of the coin his design is very high and is, as mentioned before, typically American. This is why I think the popularity of the coin is so high.

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$1 1885-CC USA Morgan Dollar

785.00 US$


PCGS 81766600. Nicely toned and fully original example of this low-mintage CC. Part of an old-time collection, this was likely not out of the GSA hoard, which adds to its allure.

1883 Morgan Dollar Sextupled Stars PCGS

1,499.00 US$


  • Catalog: VAM-10

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The Morgan dollar was minted between 1878 and 1904 and in 1921. The coin has a mass of 26.73 grams, a diameter of 31.1 millimeters and a thickness of 2.4 mm. The edge of the coin is reeded and the composition of the alloy is 90% silver and 10% copper. Several branch mints struck the Morgan dollar. These include Denver (mintmark ‘’D”), New Orleans (mintmark ‘’O’’), San Francisco (mintmark ‘’S’’), Carson City (Mintmark ‘’CC”) and Philadelphia (no mintmark). You can find the mintmark beneath the center of the wreath on the reverse. It is well known that the coins from Carson City have a higher value.

People collect Morgan dollars in different ways. It is very common to collect the series by year, but over the last few decades it has also become very popular to collect them according to quality (which often can be seen based on the price). MA-Shops offers a nice diversity of Morgan dollars on their website, making it easier to buy from US-based traders like David Lawrence Rare Coins and Harlan J. Berk, who, logically, will have the best US dollar specimens.

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US 1882 $1 PCGS

1,700.00 US$


  • Catalog: 7132
  • Weight: 26.73 g
  • Diameter: 38.10 mm
  • Mintage: 11,100,000

And while you’re previewing today’s Morgan dollars on MA-Shops, don’t forget to check out this month’s World Coin highlights, too:


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