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Simulated image of acid being applied to a Morgan dollar to make a California Proof. Image: Adobe Stock / CoinWeek.

California Proof – A Dubious Type of Morgan Dollar

(n.) Slang. Also known as a "California Special", a California Proof is a doctored Morgan silver dollar that has had its field polished and its devices...
Ali Express allows sellers to list counterfeit US Coins in fake holders. 1893-CC Morgan dollar fake inset.

1893-CC NOT PCGS Morgan Dollar Counterfeits – Jack Young’s Fun With Fakes

By Jack D. Young, Early American Coppers (EAC), and the Dark Side Group ......   Charles Morgan and CoinWeek have been burning the midnight oil, turning...
1885-CC Morgan Dollar. Image: Stack's Bowers / CoinWeek.

1885-CC Morgan Dollar : A Collector’s Guide

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek Notes .....   November 6, 1885, was a black letter day for the Carson City Mint. On the...
1883-CC Morgan Dollar. Image: Heritage Auctions (visit www.ha.com).

1883-CC Morgan Dollar : A Collector’s Guide

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek Notes ..... The Carson City Mint struck 1,204,000 Morgan dollars in 1883. The majority were held by...
1881-S Morgan Dollar. Image: Stack's Bowers / Adobe Stock.

1881-S Morgan Dollar : A Collector’s Guide

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek Notes ..... The 1881-S Morgan dollar is a large silver coin struck at the San Francisco branch...
1897 Morgan Dollar. Image: Stack's Bowers / CoinWeek.

1897 Morgan Dollar : A Collector’s Guide

The Philadelphia Mint struck 2,822,000 Morgan dollars in 1897, the majority of which were produced in January, June, and December. With no immediate need...
1892-S Morgan Dollar. Image: Heritage Auctions / CoinWeek.

1892-S Morgan Dollar : A Collector’s Guide

The 1892-S Morgan dollar was one of a handful of dates in the series where most, if not all, of the coins entered circulation....
Red and black Paramount holders. The red holder contains an 1896 Morgan dollar from the Redfield Hoard graded MS-65. The coin on the left is a 1935 Peace graded MS-65+. Image: Heritage Auctions.

Paramount Holder – First Graded Slab for Silver Dollars

(n.) A Paramount holder is a small plastic holder that encased silver dollars from the Redfield Hoard. The holders came in three configurations: red, blue, and...
1901-O Morgan Dollar. Image: David Lawrence Rare Coins.

One of the Finest 1901-O Morgan Dollars Offered by DLRC

The Sunday, March 24 Auction from David Lawrence Rare Coins (DLRC) is live online and features over 450 lots including more than 175 No...
1878-CC Morgan dollar with attractive toning. Image: Stack's Bowers / CoinWeek.

1878-CC Morgan Dollar : A Collector’s Guide

Despite opposition from the president, Congressional passage of the Bland-Allison Act seemed assured by February 1878. In late February, Treasury Secretary John Sherman sent...
1879-CC Morgan dollar graded NGC MS66. Image: Heritage Auctions (visit www.ha.com).

1879-CC Morgan Dollar : A Collector’s Guide

While silver bullion was pouring out of the nearby Comstock mines, United States Mint leadership in Washington, D.C. was facing a cost problem with...
1886-O Morgan Dollar in PCGS MS67DMPL. Image: Stack's Bowers.

1886-O Morgan Dollar : A Collector’s Guide

Even though the New Orleans Mint struck a whopping 10,710,000 silver dollars that year, the 1886-O Morgan dollar is not as easy to find...
Redfield Hoard

The Redfield Hoard of Morgan Silver Dollars

The Redfield Hoard was a historic grouping of Morgan silver dollars, the pedigree of which can be found on Paramount holders. These coins carry...
1885 Morgan dollar graded CAC PR66CAM. Image: David Lawrence Rare Coins / CoinWeek.

1885 Morgan Dollar Proof 66 Cameo in David Lawrence Auction

The January 21 Auction from David Lawrence Rare Coins (DLRC) is live online with over 500 lots - including more than 200 No Reserve...
Prooflike and Deep Mirror Prooflike Morgan Dollars are highly sought after by collectors.

Morgan Dollars for Beginners: Proof vs. Prooflike

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ....   There are many aspects of coin collecting that can seem daunting to the uninitiated, but as...

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