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Morgan Silver Dollar History

The Morgan Silver Dollar was one of the most popular silver dollars of its time and, still to this day, is extremely popular amongst collectors. With its elegant design that includes a side portrait of Anna Willess Williams, a woman of Philadelphia and a reverse design that was inspired by the bald eagle, the Morgan Silver Dollar is known to have one of the most iconic designs of any U.S. coin. It had U.S. citizens jumping at the chance to claim one of these beauties! It was designed by George T. Morgan, hence why the coin was named the Morgan Silver Dollar. He arrived in Philadelphia on October 9, 1876 to begin designing the silver coin. 

The Morgan Silver dollar was minted from 1878-1904 and, again in 1921. There were millions of these coins produced each year at a variety of mints. It is composed of 90% silver and 10% copper. The Philadelphia mint started producing the Morgan dollar on March 11th 1878. It was originally minted in Philadelphia, then in Carson City, New Orleans, San Francisco, and Denver. It was only minted in Denver for the 1921 edition, this was because the Denver mint was only established in 1906.

Today, the Morgan Silver Dollar is one of the most collected of all U.S. rare coins since there is a coin for collectors of all budgets. Nice coins exist from $30 to millions of dollars. 

Some key dates in the Morgan Silver Dollar include the 1893-S Morgan Silver Dollar, 1889-CC Morgan Silver Dollar and 1884-S Morgan Silver Dollar. Some of these silver coins can run you six figures or more in high grade. Many collectors opt to buy bulk of cheaper Morgan Dollars than buy just one expensive coin. 

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Morgan Silver Dollar Mintages and Values

Date Mintage Good Very fine Extremely Fine Uncirculated
1878 Morgan Silver Dollar (8 Feathers) 749,500 N/A $85.00 $100.00 $105.00
1878 Morgan Silver Dollar (7 Feathers) 9,759,300 N/A $50.00 $55.00 $75.00
1878-CC Morgan Silver Dollar 2,212,000 N/A $125.00 $150.00 $70.00
1878-S Morgan Silver Dollar 9,774,000 N/A $45.00 $47.00 $48.00
1879 Morgan Silver Dollar 14,806,000 N/A $30.00 $33.00 $40.00
1879-CC Morgan Silver Dollar 756,000 N/A $335.00 $800.00 $1,700.00
1879-O Morgan Silver Dollar 2,887,000 N/A $42.00 $45.00 $47.00
1879-S Morgan Silver Dollar 9,110,000 N/A $40 $39 $70.00
1880 Morgan Silver Dollar 12,600,000 N/A $40.00 $42.00 $41.00
1880-CC Morgan Silver Dollar 495,000 N/A $220.00 $285.00 $350.00
1880-O Morgan Silver Dollar 5,305,000 N/A $40.00 $42.00 $43.00
1880-S Morgan Silver Dollar 8,900,000 N/A $30.00 $40.00 $46.00
1881 Morgan Silver Dollar 9,163,000 N/A $30.00 $37.00 $42.00
1881-CC Morgan Silver Dollar 296,000 N/A $400.00 $425.00 $440.00
1881-O Morgan Silver Dollar 5,708,000 N/A $40.00 $42.00 $41.00
1881-S Morgan Silver Dollar 12,760,000 N/A $30.00 $33.00 $41.00
1882 Morgan Silver Dollar 11,100,000 N/A $30.00 $33.00 $41.00
1882-CC Morgan Silver Dollar 1,133,000 N/A $110.00 $130.00 $145.00
1882-O Morgan Silver Dollar 6,090,000 N/A $37.00 $37.00 $42.00
1882-S Morgan Silver Dollar 9,250,000 N/A $30.00 $30.00 $41.00
1883 Morgan Silver Dollar 12,290,000 N/A $30.00 $33.00 $41.00
1883-CC Morgan Silver Dollar 1,204,000 N/A $100.00 $150.00 $210
1883-O Morgan Silver Dollar 8,725,000 N/A $30.00 $33.00 $41.00
1883-S Morgan Silver Dollar 6,250,000 N/A $30.00 $50.00 $140.00
1884 Morgan Silver Dollar 14,070,000 N/A $30.00 $33.00 $41.00
1884-CC Morgan Silver Dollar 1,136,000 N/A $150.00 $160.00 $160.00
1884-O Morgan Silver Dollar 9,730,000 N/A $30.00 $33.00 $41.00
1884-S Morgan Silver Dollar 3,200,000 N/A $32.00 $75.00 $290.00
1885 Morgan Silver Dollar 17,787,000 N/A $30.00 $33.00 $41.00
1885-CC Morgan Silver Dollar 228,000 N/A $575.00 $600.00 $590.00
1885-O Morgan Silver Dollar 9,185,000 N/A $30.00 $33.00 $41.00
1885-S Morgan Silver Dollar 1,497,000 N/A $45.00 $60.00 $110.00
1886 Morgan Silver Dollar 19,963,000 N/A $30.00 $33.00 $41.00
1886-O Morgan Silver Dollar 10,710,000 N/A $42.00 $45.00 $75.00
1886-S Morgan Silver Dollar 750,000 N/A $78.00 $115.00 $150.00
1887 Morgan Silver Dollar 20,290,000 N/A $30.00 $33.00 $41.00
1887-O Morgan Silver Dollar 11,550,000 N/A $30.00 $33.00 $55.00
1887-S Morgan Silver Dollar 1,771,000 N/A $30.00 $33.00 $50.00
1888 Morgan Silver Dollar 19,183,000 N/A $30.00 $33.00 $41.00
1888-O Morgan Silver Dollar 12,150,000 N/A $30.00 $33.00 $41.00
1888-S Morgan Silver Dollar 657,000 N/A $125.00 $140.00 $205.00
1889 Morgan Silver Dollar 21,726,000 N/A $30.00 $33.00 $41.00
1889-CC Morgan Silver Dollar 350,000 N/A $1,150.00 $2,750.00 $7,000.00
1889-O Morgan Silver Dollar 11,875,000 N/A $30.00 $37.00 $55.00
1889-S Morgan Silver Dollar 700,000 N/A $60.00 $75.00 $105.00
1890 Morgan Silver Dollar 16,802,000 N/A $30.00 $33.00 $43.00
1890-CC Morgan Silver Dollar 2,309,041 N/A $110.00 $150.00 $190.00
1890-O Morgan Silver Dollar 10,701,000 N/A $30.00 $33.00 $49.00
1890-S Morgan Silver Dollar 8,230,373 N/A $30.00 $33.00 $45.00
1891 Morgan Silver Dollar 8,693,556 N/A $30.00 $33.00 $45.00
1891-CC Morgan Silver Dollar 1,618,000 N/A $110.00 $140.00 $1,190.00
1891-O Morgan Silver Dollar 7,954,529 N/A $30.00 $33.00 $55.00
1891-S Morgan Silver Dollar 5,296,000 N/A $30.00 $33.00 $45.00
1892 Morgan Silver Dollar 1,036,000 N/A $45.00 $55.00 $90.00
1892-CC Morgan Silver Dollar 1,352,000 N/A $250.00 $450.00 $690.00
1892-O Morgan Silver Dollar 2,744,000 N/A $35.00 $42.00 $70.00
1892-S Morgan Silver Dollar 1,200,000 N/A $125.00 $275.00 $1,650.00
1893 Morgan Silver Dollar 378,000 N/A $225.00 $250.00 $400.00
1893-CC Morgan Silver Dollar 677,000 N/A $677.00 $1,350.00 $2,400.00
1893-O Morgan Silver Dollar 300,000 N/A $300.00 $475.00 $775.00
1893-S Morgan Silver Dollar 100,000 N/A $5,200.00 $8,500.00 $145,000
1894 Morgan Silver Dollar 110,000 N/A $925.00 $1,000.00 $1,700.00
1894-O Morgan Silver Dollar 1,723,000 N/A $55.00 $95.00 $260.00
1894-S Morgan Silver Dollar 1,260,000 N/A $95.00 $175.00 $450.00
1895-O Morgan Silver Dollar 450,000 N/A $350.00 $500.00 $1,200.00
1895-S Morgan Silver Dollar 400,000 N/A $675.00 $1,000.00 $1,800.00
1896 Morgan Silver Dollar 9,976,000 N/A $30.00 $33.00 $41.00
1896-O Morgan Silver Dollar 4,900,000 N/A $42.00 $45.00 $160.00
1896-S Morgan Silver Dollar 5,000,000 N/A $70.00 $250.00 $775.00
1897 Morgan Silver Dollar 2,822,000 N/A $30.00 $33.00 $41.00
1897-O Morgan Silver Dollar 4,004,000 N/A $303.00 $50.00 $100.00
1897-S Morgan Silver Dollar 5,825,000 N/A $3,030.00 $33.00 $45.00
1898 Morgan Silver Dollar 5,884,000 N/A $30.00 $33.00 $41.00
1898-O Morgan Silver Dollar 4,440,000 N/A $30.00 $33.00 $41.00
1898-S Morgan Silver Dollar 4,102,000 N/A $45.00 $50.00 $100.00
1899 Morgan Silver Dollar 330,000 N/A $175.00 $185.00 $225.00
1899-O Morgan Silver Dollar 12,290,000 N/A $30.00 $33.00 $40.00
1899-S Morgan Silver Dollar 2,562,000 N/A $45.00 $65.00 $140.00
1900 Morgan Silver Dollar 8,830,000 N/A $30.00 $33.00 $41.00
1900-O Morgan Silver Dollar 12,590,000 N/A $30.00 $33.00 $41.00
1900-S Morgan Silver Dollar 3,540,000 N/A $45.00 $55.00 $90.00
1901 Morgan Silver Dollar 6,962,000 N/A $55.00 $115.00 $280.00
1901-O Morgan Silver Dollar 13,320,000 N/A $40.00 $42.00 $41.00
1901-S Morgan Silver Dollar 2,284,000 N/A $48.00 $65.00 $200.00
1902 Morgan Silver Dollar 7,994,000 N/A $43.00 $50.00 $45.00
1902-O Morgan Silver Dollar 8,636,000 N/A $40.00 $43.00 $45.00
1902-S Morgan Silver Dollar 1,530,000 N/A $140.00 $190.00 $275.00
1903 Morgan Silver Dollar 4,652,000 N/A $50.00 $53.00 $65.00
1903-O Morgan Silver Dollar 4,450,000 N/A $350.00 $375.00 $365.00
1903-S Morgan Silver Dollar 1,241,000 N/A $275.00 $375.00 $1,600.00
1904 Morgan Silver Dollar 2,788,000 N/A $40.00 $47.00 $55.00
1904-O Morgan Silver Dollar 3,720,000 N/A $43.00 $45.00 $41.00
1904-S Morgan Silver Dollar 2,304,000 N/A $80.00 $200.00 $500.00
1921 Morgan Silver Dollar 44,690,000 N/A $28.00 $30.00 $38.00
1921-D Morgan Silver Dollar 20,345,000 N/A $32.00 $34.00 $38.00
1921-S Morgan Silver Dollar 21,695,000 N/A $32.00 $34.00 $41.00

*Source: 2020 Redbook