This 1880-O Morgan Silver Dollar Holds a Fascinating History
This 1880-O Morgan Silver Dollar is just the second Morgan date struck at the New Orleans Mint. It also holds a unique place in all of Morgan history. You see, in the early years of striking these coins, the New Orleans Mint had a practice of simply repackaging coins that came back to the mint after being released into circulation. So, while a typical 1,000-coin bag of Morgans would be expected to be in Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) condition, many were in fact About Uncirculated (AU)! This is one such coin — an AU 1880-O Morgan. Could it have come from one of these returned and re-bagged coins?
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, it was the coin of America’s “Wild West” and jingled in the coin purses of gamblers, gunfighters, soldiers and dance hall girls.
CLASSIC DESIGNS – Morgan’s historic design depicts a profile of Lady Liberty on the obverse while the reverse features an eagle with outstretched wings. The model used for Liberty was Miss Anna Williams of Philadelphia, who Morgan declared to have the most perfect feminine profile he had ever seen.
STRUCK IN GLEAMING AMERICAN SILVER – Struck in 26.73 grams of 90% silver from the famous Comstock Lode, the Morgan Silver Dollar is a big coin measuring 38.1 mm in diameter.
LEGAL TENDER SILVER DOLLAR – Morgans were $1 legal tender and struck during the heyday of America’s Wild West era where coins were overwhelmingly preferred over paper currency.
ABOUT UNCIRCULATED CONDITION – Your 1880-O Morgan Silver Dollar comes in About Uncirculated (AU) 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!
Get one of the most unique Morgan Silver Dollars that exist today with this 1880-O New Orleans Mint Morgan in About Uncirculated condition!
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Early Life of George T. Morgan
In 1845, George T. Morgan was born in Bilston, Staffordshire, England. During his adolescence and early adulthood, he was educated at the Birmingham Art School, and then was granted a national scholarship to the South Kensington Art School. He continued his education at the South Kensington School for two years where he received numerous awards and prizes. While in England…