1880-O Morgan Silver Dollar BU

1880-O Morgan Silver Dollar BU
1880-O Morgan Silver Dollar BU 1880-O Morgan Silver Dollar BU 1880-O Morgan Silver Dollar BU
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The Morgan Silver Dollar -- One of America's Favorite Collector Coins

There's no doubt about it. Morgan Silver Dollars are among the most sought-after collector coins in America. For generations, their big size, hefty silver content and vintage 19th century design have secured their place at the top of the collecting pyramid.

The coins feature a portrait of Miss Liberty on the obverse and a spread-winged eagle on the reverse.

Struck from Comstock Lode Silver

The coin was made possible by the discovery of the Comstock Lode silver deposit in Nevada in the 1850s. With all the new silver available, congress authorized the largest striking of Silver Dollars ever in U.S. History. The new coin, designed by mint engraver George T. Morgan, quickly became known as the Morgan Silver Dollar. They were struck in 90% Comstock Lode silver and hundreds of millions were minted between 1878 and 1921. These big silver coins become part and parcel of the Wild, Wild West, with gamblers stacking them high on poker tables and outlaws robbing trains and banks to get them.

Millions Melted

But just as millions were minted, so were millions melted in during World Wars I and II. Coins that were once common became scarce, and collectors begin vying with each other to secure the highest quality examples.

Because of their immense popularity, Morgan Silver Dollars have become harder and harder to find over the years.

Big Hefty Silver Dollars, Struck at Five Different Mints

Each Morgan Silver Dollar is struck in 26.73 grams of silver and is 38.1 mm in diameter. The coins have a reeded edge. The coins were struck at Philadelphia, New Orleans, Carson City, Denver and San Francisco Mints.

1880-O Morgan

This Morgan Silver Dollar was struck at the "Big Easy" Mint in 1880. This is the second year Morgan Dollars were struck there. Over five million were struck, but the ravages of time and growing collector interest make this coin harder to find as time passes. The New Orleans Mint was opened following heated congressional debate between Northern and Southern politicians over the financial independence of the South. Previous to this, the South relied on the Philadelphia Mint in the North to produce much of its coinage. Secure your 1880 New Orleans Morgan Dollar now while they're available.

This example is in Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) condition, showing no trace of wear. Full original mint luster is present, but may be noticeably broken by scuff marks or bag abrasions. Strong "Cartwheel Effect" is present.

The 1880-O is very difficult silver dollar to obtain in BU condition. In fact, in MS-63 condition it is valued five times higher than this coin.

Your Morgan Silver Dollar comes in a numismatic flip and includes a certificate of authenticity.

Year of Issue 1880
Country United States
Composition Silver
Purity 0.9000
Condition
Uncirculated
A state of preservation used to describe coins that never circulated in the channels of commerce, i.e. a coin without any wear from circulation.
Grade
BU
Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) coins are freshly minted coins that have seen absolutely no general circulation. These coins are either produced specifically for collectors or have been gathered and preserved immediately after production. These coins have tremendous mint luster that give distinct definition to every detail along with luminescent fields.
Denomination 1.00
Currency Type Dollar
Mint Name
New Orleans - O
From 1838 to 1909, the New Orleans Mint struck both silver and gold coins, proving to be the most durable and dependable mint in the South both before and after the Civil War. The New Orleans Mint is the only mint in the world to be owned and operated by three different governments -- the United States of America, the Republic of Louisiana and the Confederate States of America. Today, the New Orleans Mint still stands proudly in the city's French Quarter and has been restored as a museum.
U.S. Mint
Created by the United States Congress through the Coinage Act of 1792, the United States Mint opened its first building in Philadelphia in 1793. Today, the U.S. Mint strikes circulating coins, as well as special collector coins and sets at the "Mother Mint" of Philadelphia and the branch mints of Denver, San Francisco and West Point.
Coin Weight 26.73 Grams - g
Weight 1 Ounce - oz
Dimensions 38.1mm
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