Silver Dollar Blog - What are the most prominent doubled dies?

Dec 13, 2011

First off how did a double die happen?

Each Morgan Silver Dollar needed about seven to ten blows from a working hub. It's interesting to note that the Peace Dollar (1921-1935) was done three to five times.

After every blow the die needed to be annealed.  A lot of attention was given, but just the slight misalignment between blows would cause doubling of the die. They were extremely careful with the Morgan that is why you won't find too many double died. As with anything the first time something is done it might take a few tries like the 1878 P as they were being perfected you can find some imperfections in them.

 What are the most prominent Morgan doubled dies?

The most prominent double dies are the 1888 O doubled head and the 1901 P shifted eagle.

Here is a list of some Double Die Morgan Silver Dollars


1901 P - Shifted eagle, doubled lower reverse
1900 O Doubled obverse stars
1900 P Doubled Eagle
1896 P Doubled obverse stars
1893 P Doubled obverse stars
1891 S Doubled obverse stars
1891 P Doubled ear
1889 O Doubled N in UNUM
1888 O Doubled head, doubled lower reverse
1887 O Doubled motto and stars in a radial direction
1887 P Double LIBERTY motto and stars
1878 S Doubled LIBERTY (four types), doubled motto (four types), doubled obverse
1878 CC Doubled obverse, doubled LIBERTY



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