Silver Dollar Blog - Description of the Morgan Dollar, Reverse Side

Oct 25, 2011

We already talked about the obverse side of the Morgan Dollar. If you missed that post be sure to check out the post Description of the Morgan Dollar, Obverse Side. But today we are moving on to the reverse side of the Morgan Dollar. 

Where is the mint mark on a Morgan Dollar?

The mint mark appears on the reverse side of the coin right above the D and O in the word dollar. Here is a list of what each mint mark might stand for:

CC stands for Carson City Mint, Nevada
S stands for San Francisco Mint, California
D stands for Denver Mint, Colorado
O stands for New Orleans Mint, Louisiana
No mint mark means it was minted in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

When did they start adding the Motto In God We Trust to U.S. coinage?

In 1956 the motto “In God We Trust” became the official motto of the United States. In 1864 the motto appeared on the two-cent coin for the first time. Even though you could use motto, you didn’t have to use the motto on all coinage. During this time other laws were cited, but it really wasn’t until 1938 that you will see all coins contain the motto.

The first time the motto was challenged on the U.S. coinage was in 1970, but it was ruled by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit:

“It is quite obvious that the national motto and the slogan on coinage and currency 'In God We Trust' has nothing whatsoever to do with the establishment of religion. Its use is of patriotic or ceremonial character and bears no true resemblance to a governmental sponsorship of a religious exercise.”

So for now the motto stays. Will it be challenged in the future? Only time will tell!

90% Silver
10% Copper
Year in mint 1878-1901, 1921
Diameter is 38.1mm or 1.5 in.
Mass 26.73 g
Designer: George T. Morgan



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