The difference between a Proof and a Proof-Like Morgan Dollar

Oct 31, 2011

Morgan Dollar Proof Coins

Morgan Dollar Proof Coins vs. Proof-Like

In the year 1921 only about 25 proof Morgan Dollars were struck. All the other years only about 500-100 Morgan Dollar Proof Coins were struck. That is not very many making these coins valuable. You want to make sure when purchasing a proof Morgan Dollar that you’re in deed purchasing a proof Morgan Dollar.

First off let me explain how the mint attempted to make a proof Morgan perfect! New dies were polished to a mirror finish. The mint took the time to polish the planchet on both sides. The planchet was struck twice under extremely high die pressure. Higher than normal pressure was used producing the very sharp detail a proof Morgan Dollar has. The individual Morgan Dollars were then handled by hand never just tossed in a bag at the end. Extreme attention was paid to make sure no scratches or dents would come to a proof Morgan Dollar.

What is a DMPL Morgan Dollar?

DMPL stands for Deep Mirror Proof-like
Pronounced sometimes as “Dimple”

DMPL Morgan’s were struck for circulation so you will find characteristics like bag marks or scuffs even though they have a deep mirror like finish of a proof . The coins were not individually handled like a proof but instead fell in the hopper and were bagged in the canvas bags. Each of those bags contained 1,000 Morgan’s.  A proof Morgan is going to have extremely sharp detail since they were new dies and had the extra pressure when producing them. The letters and such rise straight up on a proof die when looked at with extra magnification. DMPL Morgan’s are most common in the early series when the coins are first struck.

In the end you should always do your research. Make sure what you’re purchasing is in deed a proof Morgan.



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