Silver Dollar Blog - Weighing in on the Morgan Dollar

Dec 16, 2012

As you know it takes many steps to produce one silver dollar. Starting off as silver (from the mines, clippings or condemned coins) all the way to a blank silver planchets (disk) with raised edges. There are many checks and balances along the way to ensure the perfect coin. 

One step is the weighing in... Before the die comes into play you need to weigh in to make sure you have the proper weight. First off you need to have the perfect planchet in appearance. Up until the early 1900's this was all done by hand. Someone actually picked up the planchet and inspected it. Later they had sieves that would separate the good from the bad.

The weight of a silver dollar was 412.5 grains . Those that were too light or too heavy found their way back to the melting pot, nothing was wasted. The ones that passed moved on...

Image Source: Library of Congress



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