Early-Date 1879 San Francisco Morgan Silver Dollar
First struck in 1878, the Morgan Silver Dollar was one of the workhorse coins of the American Wild West. Struck in 90% silver, they’re believed to be the most widely collected and coveted Silver Dollar in U.S. history — perhaps in part because their numbers were dramatically slashed by the Pittman Act of 1918, which called for millions of Morgans to be melted. It’s believed that as few as 15% of all Morgans still exist today in any condition.
And of all the Morgans ever struck, collectors believe that the most beautiful are those that bear the “S” mint mark of the San Francisco Mint. In fact, the first five Morgans struck in San Francisco are regarded by many numismatists as the best-struck Morgans of the entire series! And now you secure this dazzling second-year-of-issue 1879-S Morgan Silver Dollar struck at the San Francisco Mint.
This coin was actually struck at the San Francisco Mint’s second building, construction on which was completed in 1874. The building was soon nicknamed the “Granite Lady” due to its massive two-story structure built out of granite to handle the heavy minting equipment. This second building remained in operation for 63 years and was the only financial institution left standing and still in operation following the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906.
This is a great way to add a key, early-date Morgan Silver Dollar struck at San Francisco’s famous Granite Lady to your collection. Plus, it will come certified and graded by either the Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) or the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) as being in Choice Uncirculated Mint State-64 (MS64) condition! Grading service varies.
AMERICA’S MOST POPULAR COIN – The Morgan Silver Dollar – so named for its designer, U.S. Mint Assistant Engraver George T. Morgan – has stood the test of time. Struck from 1878-1904 and again in 1921. Morgan’s historic design depicts a profile of Lady Liberty on the obverse while the reverse features an eagle with outstretched wings.
STRUCK IN GLEAMING AMERICAN SILVER – These Morgan Silver Dollars were struck at the San Francisco Mint in 90% silver from the famous Comstock Lode. It’s also a big coin measuring 38.1 mm in diameter.
GRADED IN HIGH-GRADE UNCIRCULATED CONDITION – Your 1879-S Morgan Silver Dollar has been certified, graded and encapsulated by either the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) or the Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) as being in Choice Uncirculated Mint State-64 (MS64) condition!
THE CASE OF THE DISAPPEARING MORGANS – While millions of Morgan Silver Dollars were struck from 1878 through 1921, massive silver meltings and the ravages of time have taken their toll. Today coin experts believe that only 15% of all Morgans ever struck remain in existence – and fewer still remain in Uncirculated condition!
The Morgan Silver Dollar is America’s quintessential “Wild West” coin. Here’s your chance to start or add to your Morgan collection by clicking one of these historic coins to your cart today!