One of the prized U.S. coins, the Morgan Silver Dollar was minted for a short span of time, from 1878 to 1904, and then for a single year in 1921. The coin is named after its designer, United States Mint Assistant Engraver George T. Morgan. On the front or obverse side is a profile of Lady Liberty, while the reverse depicts an eagle with outstretched wings.
The three coins are splendid looking. They are sealed in plastic, so imagine how they would look in the hand. Most of the surviving Morgan Dollars were minted in 1921 but this set holds older coins from 1884, 1885 and 1900. Two are from the United States Mint in New Orleans. (They are designated with an “O” below the eagle.) The coins are circulated and have very good definition, as you can see in the close-up photographs.
The set can be yours for $195.00.
The Morgan Silver Dollars are displayed in stamped holders marking special dates in U.S. history:
1884-P Morgan Dollar
Stamps: 25c U.S. Flag, 16c Statue of Liberty
Context: The 16c stamp honors Liberty with the slogan, I Lift My Lamp Beside the Golden Door.
Postmark: August 5, 2007, commemorating the laying of the cornerstone for the State of Liberty.
1885-O Morgan Dollar
Stamps: 41c USA First Class, 18c George Washington
Context: The 18c is a tribute to the first President of the United States.
Postmark: February 21, 2008, the Anniversary of dedication of the Washington Monument.
1900-O Morgan Dollar
Stamps: 37c USA First Class, 3c Territory of Hawaii
Context: The 3c stamp honors Hawaii in the U.S. Postal Territorial Series.
Postmark: April 30, 2007, the Anniversary of the recognition of the U.S. Territory of Hawaii.
The United Sates Mint in New Orleans was established in 1838 as a
legacy of President Andrew Jackson’s campaign of westward expansion. It
is the only mint to have produced coins for both the U.S. and the Confederacy, and the only Southern branch mint to survive the Civil War. The U.S. Morgan Dollar is 90% silver. George T. Morgan (November 24, 1845 – January 4, 1925) was an English United States Mint engraver, who is famous for designing many popular coins, such as the Morgan dollar, and the Columbian Half Dollar.