Don’t Get Caught Downriver Without Your 1881-O Morgan “Steamboat Dollar”
The Mississippi River was the nation’s original “superhighway.” During the late 1800s, paddle wheel steamers carrying riverboat gamblers, showgirls, merchants and cargo, moved up and down The Big Muddy from New Orleans to St. Paul. Traveling right along with the passengers were silver dollars like these 1881 Morgans struck at the New Orleans Mint.
The Historic New Orleans Mint
Out of all the mints that struck the classic Morgan Silver Dollar in 1881, the historic New Orleans Mint struck the second fewest, with just 5.708 million minted. Compare that to the San Francisco Mint, which struck 12.76 million! The only mint that struck fewer Morgans that year was Carson City, which produced only a relatively tiny amount of coins. And of the 5.708 million struck in New Orleans that year, only 37,563 have survived to be graded in Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) condition by either the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) or the Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS).
Don’t miss out on the chance to own this example in stunning Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) condition. When you consider that only 20% of the Morgans struck in 1881 are from New Orleans, you get the picture of how tough this 90% silver dollar is to find. Add this lustrous 1881-O Morgan Silver Dollar to your collection now!
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.
BRILLIANT UNCIRCULATED CONDITION – Your 1881-O Morgan Silver Dollar will come in Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) 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!
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Nearly everybody with even a passing interest in Silver Dollars has come across a reference to the Pittman Act of 1918. But, beyond the dry, historical reference to a bill passed over ninety years ago lurks something huge. Something that forever changed the face of coin collecting. Something that, to this very day, impacts each and every Morgan Silver Dollar that has survived. In 1918, Great Britain…
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…