Silver Dollar Blog Posts - October 2011

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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Community Question: What got you interested in collecting Morgan Dollars


Oct 30, 2011

One of the things I wanted to do with the Morgan Dollar Store was to get the coin collecting community involved with the site and to take part on discussions (particularly from our social networks - Facebook and Twitter). Yesterday while drinking my cup of coffee in the morning, I was asking myself what got me interested in Morgan Dollars, and that got me very curious about all of you, so I posed this question on Facebook, and here are some of the great responses to that question.

 

Steven Washburn For me, first of all it's just being able to hold history in my hand. I mean to think of the people in history who may have held on to this beautiful monitary item. It's a little overwhelming. Then also for investment. To be able to protect what little wealth I have against inflation.
Joseph Sayles I couldn't agree more steven......if the coins could talk the places and history they have seen
Wayne Ryden Jr. My father and grandfather. They both were into collecting coins (including Morgan Dollars) and that inspired me.
Alan Katzeff My father started collecting coins after he started to study European coins he brought home when he was in the service in WWll. I remember he ordered 2 proof sets in 1957. I thought they were pretty cool! He owned a butcher shop and would always check his change for anything interesting or rare. He had the latest Red Book and I read it from cover to cover . I collected any coins I could, change from lunch money, birthday present Morgan and Peace dollars, "tooth fairy" quarters or maybe half dollars.

I've been collecting most of my life and have kept alive buying and selling silver and gold coins and bullion when I have had to. I love the history involved with and around coins and even went back to school and earned a B.A. in History about the time I turned 50 yrs old in 1999. I think I will always be a Numismatist!
Charles Guenther THE LOOK. MORGAN DOLLARS ARE AWESOME!
Hector Soto I Think Morgans look and feel the way coins were meant to look and feel. Of course the investment is great but the beauty and history of a Morgan is just a rush to me.
Michael Plunkett I remember when I was a boy my Grandfather had mason jars full of Morgans he would let me hold them and I liked the way they felt.
David Hartley I really like the eagle on the reverse side and i also like the fancy way they printed IN GOD WE TRUST
Linda Torzsa the heft and design of the coin. just beautiful.
Ronald Clifton Timms I like the design and all around fields in the Morgan dollar. It should have never changed as the main stay of our silver design. Things must go on and who knows what will be next ?
Bill Keaton The heft of the coin, its beauty, and its history. To study Morgans is a look at the banking industry and silver mining interests of the late 19th Century......and did I mention through strikes, toning and wear each is unique?

If you missed your chance to answer, please follow up with that post on Facebook (view actual post). I'll eventually be including comments within the blog posts, but need to find a good anti-spam solution first.



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How "CC" Morgan Silver Dollar Mint Mark was established


Oct 27, 2011
Morgan Silver Dollar Mint Mark

Carson City History

Carson City, Nevada has a rich history with one man in particular standing out, Abraham Curry. Abraham Curry is also known as the “Father of Carson City” In 1858 Abraham Curry found himself in Nevada where he partnered up with two attorneys to purchase the Eagle Ranch Trading Post. He had the foresight to declare one day this area would be the capital of Nevada so he left a 10-acre plot right in the heart of the town for the future capital building. Once gold and silver were found in Comstock Lode just east of Carson City the population soon started to rise.

Come 1865 with approval from the United States Carson City became an established branch of the United States Mint. Abraham Curry was named as one of the planning commissioners and first superintendent when Carson City Mint began operating in 1870. He also severed as an assemblyman of the Nevada Territorial Legislature and was the first warden of Nevada State Prison.

Carson City mint was approved in 1865, but didn't produce its first coin until 1870. With delays inflicted by the continuing civil war and a bit of lingering opposition from the Treasury. Keep in mind there were also labor disputes that threatened everything and of course the continuous need for money to finish the project. Curry worked hard to procure more money and returned a hero after making rounds in Washington and Philadelphia in 1868. Worked continued onward soon coin presses, blanking presses everything was coming together. By December 1869 the dies had not arrived, so they waited. On December 28th 1869 an unexpected earthquake rocked Carson City damaging many buildings in town, but luckily not the Carson City mint. Come January 10th 1870 Wells Fargo Express delivered the dies and the Carson City mint minted their first coin.  The Seated Liberty Dollar was the first to be struck.  

Carson City Morgan Dollar

The Carson City mint produced the Morgan Dollar until its branch closed in 1893. Of all the mint locations for the Morgan Dollar, Carson City Mint production was typically lower than New Orleans, Philadelphia or San Francisco. “cc” on the Morgan Dollar stands for Carson City Mint. The Carson City Morgan silver dollar mint mark is located on the reverse side of the coin right above the D and O on the word dollar. 

Between the years 1870-1893 Carson City Mint produced 50 silver coins issued as well as 57 gold coins.

Carson City Silver Denominations minted coins
Dollar 1870-1885 and between 1889-1893
Half Dollar 1870-1878
Quarter Dollar 1870-1878
Twenty-Cent Piece 1875-1876
Dime 1871-1878

Carson City Gold Denominations minted coins
$20.00 Gold Coin or Double Eagle 1870-1885 and between 1889-1893
$10.00 Gold Coin or Eagle 1870-1884 and between 1890-1893
$5.00 Gold Coin or Half Eagle 1870-1884 and between 1890-1893

Image Source: Library of Congress



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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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Description of the Morgan Dollar, Obverse Side


Oct 23, 2011

Let's start today with the basics! Today we are going to help you find your way around the Obverse side of the Morgan Dollar. Just want to make sure everyone has a clear understanding what all the symbols mean on a Morgan Dollar. Below is a 1921 Morgan Silver Dollar with points of interest listed.


What does E Pluribus Unum mean on the Morgan Dollar?

Everyone has seen the words. Take a look at the change in your pocket go ahead grab a quarter, penny doesn't matter what you pick up somewhere on that coin you will see the words E Pluribus Unum. The phrase means "Out of many, one"

The U.S. Treasury says the first coin to have E Pluribus Unum on it was the 1795 Half Eagle, a $5.00 gold piece. In 1873 a law was passed that all U.S. coins would have the motto E Pluribus Unum. There was a brief moment in history, in 1834 when the motto was removed from the gold as well as in 1837 when the silver coins also lost the motto.  A law was passed in 1873 stating all coins will have the motto E Pluribus Unum appear on them.

Where can you find the designers initial on the Morgan Dollar?

You can find George T. Morgan's monogram near the Lady Liberty's neck on the obverse side of the Morgan Dollar

Who is Lady Liberty on the Morgan Dollar?

The obverse features lady liberty facing left. A lady by the name of Anna Willess Williams modeled for George T. Morgan 5 times. Morgan said her profile was the most perfect he had ever seen.  She later went on to become a kindergarten teacher.

On top of her head is a coronet which has the words LIBERTY inscribed on it. Tucked between the coronet and the Phrygian cap is an agricultural flora with wheat  leaves and two cotton blossoms tucked in about ear level that look like flowers. A Phrygian cap is sometimes called a liberty cap which represents the pursuit of liberty and freedom.

Why are their 13 star on the Morgan Dollar?

There are 7 stars on the left side of the Morgan dollar and 6 stars on the right side. These thirteen stars represent the 13 original colonies.

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

Next we will talk about the Description of the Morgan Dollar, Reverse Side.



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1880 Silver Dollar


Oct 20, 2011

1880 Silver Dollar

1880 Silver Dollar
Mintage Circulation strikes: 12,600,000
Proofs: 1,355
There is no mint mark on the coin which means it was minted in Philadelphia.

1880-CC Silver Dollar
Mintage Circulation strikes: 591,000
Proofs: 0
Minted in Carson City – CC

1880-S Silver Dollar
Mintage Circulation Strikes:  8,900,000
Proofs: 0
Minted in San Francisco– S

1880-O Silver Dollar
Mintage Circulation strikes: 5,305,500
Proofs: 0
Minted in New Orleans– O

Random Fact of 1880

The 19th president was in office, Rutherford B. Hayes March 4th, 1877- March 4th, 1881

In an 1880 census it was concluded that the resident population was 50,189,209 in the United States. Back in 1870 the last time a census was conducted the population in the United Sates was 39,818,449 making it a population increase of 30.2% over the 10 years.

Missouri, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York all had more than 2 million in population in 1880.

Under the French leadership the Panama Canal begins construction on January 1st, 1880.  21,900 workers died from landslides as well as a high number to diseases like malaria and yellow fever  during their attempt to finish, but they never finish the canal. The United States makes the next attempt to build the Panama Canal from 1904 and finishing in 1914.The American Society of Civil Engineers named the Panama Canal one of the seven modern wonders of the world.



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Morgan Dollar Errors "PDS"


Oct 18, 2011

Morgan Dollar Errors

Morgan Dollar error s are often divided into three different groups referred to as the Planchet-Die-Striking error identification as well as the PDS system. The Planchet, die and striking are classified as the three distinct phases connected with the minting process. This particular way of cataloging got its start by Alan Herbert in 1972. There are additional errors that may occur after the coin is minted known as post mint damage, but today we are just going to discuss the major three that might take place throughout the mint whole process.

Planchet Errors:

The Plancet Errors- In general you will not find a great number of errors in this specific group. Planchet errors are when Occluded gas is trapped in the casting process. The gas may remain trapped when the silver was rolled out. When a planchet ended up being struck during the coining presses with occluded gas trapped inside the gas would expand and push the metal creating a bump.

Clipped Planchets often resulted from a strip of metal which did not go through the blanking machine properly. If this happened you might end up with a straight clip which is induced whenever the punch overlaps at the end of the strip. Curved clips which usually can take place as a result of overlapping punches, ragged clips occur when the punch overlaps a broken area of the strip.  Now there are were a lot of inspecting and weighing going on during this process which is why there are only a few minor ones in this category.

Out of all three planchet errors the laminated planchet error may very well be the most common. This takes place whenever an area of the coin metal separates because of any impurities such as oil, dust or some sort of foreign material. When rolled this may cause laminations to form. The definition of laminations is "a layered structure"

Die Errors:

Die and hub errors are together known as varieties. A few examples would be the engraving errors, hub breaks and cracks, doubled mint marks, clashed dies, die break, die chip, die crack, mispositioned dates, doubled mint marks, over polished dies, repunched mint mark, repunched date, wrong sized mintmark, die scratches and gouges.

Striking errors:


A striking error would be an error which happened during the striking process. You can have a braodstrike, brockage, multiple strikes, struck on wrong planchet, strike doubling, off center strikes or die pressure adjustment pieces. Did I miss any?



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Video on Coin Making


Oct 17, 2011

I found this great video created by Discovery Channel “How it’s made”. This video goes into great detail on how coins are made.

Not much has changed since the beginning of coin minting! Of course the machines used like the old coal furnace have come along way. But the process itself hasn't changed much. First you must melt the silver in the proper portions for a given coin. The Morgan Dollar was 900 parts of silver mixed with 100 parts of pure copper. Once the silver and copper combination are melted its cast into a bar then rolled flat.  Until 1901 the mint was not able to roll the strips with a perfect consistent thickness all the way around. They had to take these variations out by draw benches after being annealed again. Today the ingots are passed through what is called the roughing mill where two rollers squash it flat using up to nine tons of force. It takes about a dozen passes to get the strip to a perfect thickness.

This video gives a clear picture on how coins are made today.



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Understanding fake Morgan Dollars - Protect Yourself!


Oct 15, 2011

Understanding fake Morgan Dollars - Protect Yourself!It is a sad fact that with silver prices on the rise that there seems to be an alarming rate of fake Morgan Dollars hitting the market. Most of the fakes are coming from China and as collectors and investors we need to be careful when buying our Morgans.

I've had a few discussions with people regarding the topic of forgeries, and it's becoming a serious issues. One thing to understand is that the fakes are getting good, and they're getting better so we really need to pay attention. Early on, these fakes were somewhat easy. They were often stamped out of steel so no silver luster, very dark coins and obviously magnetic. You can still find these out there, but they're improving. I wanted to bring up some of the techniques/points to look out for.

One thing the forgers have a problem with is weight. Getting a coin to have the same diameter and thickness and not following the 90% silver/10% copper makes it difficult to reach the 27(+/-) grams needed. So what people are doing are making special alloys with junk silver in there. These are hard to catch, but a scale will get the grams for you. Even using silver with their mix will probably make it hit the 22-24gram range. I would invest in a little pocket scale. Here is pocket gram scale on Amazon for $10

Another technique is to weight the cardboard holder. The simple cardboard holder for your coin, may be padded to give the extra grams needed.

I would probably get a magnet from a hardware store as well. Since we're talking alloys, there is a good chance there could be ferrous metal in there which will be magnetic, but remember, you can't rely solely on that.

Another tactic this hard to identify is 'halved' slabs. Basically, someone will cut two common coins in half. For example a more common 1893 Morgan and any common San Francisco minted Morgan. They would put these together in a forged slab. So the obverse would show 1893 while the reverse would show the S mintmark making this a valuable 1893-S coin.. which is not.

I found this great video by nashnosh where they go into detail about silver luster and the cart wheeling effect to help identify fakes. This video also goes into the weight of the coin as well.

 

Ok, so how does all this information help people that buy coins online? I mean it's great to determine if your coin is real or fake after you shelled out the dough and are left holding the bag, but is there something we can do? Well, short answer, is no. Obviously you can't do these tests virtually, so all we're left with is trust. Trust is important and is based off or relationships.. Basically if you deal with a dealer on a consistent basis you can ask if they're performing tests to ensure the quality of their coins. They don't want their reputation tarnished as a dealer of fake coins, so they'll work hard on their end. But let's say you're just getting into coin collecting/investing and are starting now. You don't have any long term relationships. You need to do your research and spend some time before clicking 'Buy Now'. If a coin is scarce and is exceedingly cheap... um, it should be raising a red flag. You need to spend the time to look at the feedback of the seller. See if they had issues in the past. Join a couple of coin forums. Ask questions, seek advise. From there you'll get pointed to a few dealers that will treat you right.

It definitely is an unfortunate topic, and a topic that I'll bring up in the future when I find additional tips and information. I think it's VERY important that the community is aware of the situation and to be prepared as best as they can.



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Minting process for a Morgan Silver Dollar


Oct 14, 2011
weighing and counting - Coiner's Department at New Orleans Mint in 1897
 

Have you ever wondered what the minting process was for a  Morgan Silver Dollar? To start with the assistant melter and refiner would calculate the correct portions of the basic materials. The basic material used was 10 % copper plus 90% fine pure silver any clippings, scraps or condemned coins could be used for the silver. 

Next we move on to the melt. They take all that silver and copper and melt it in a casting furnace which is poured into an ingot cast. This cast is sampled at the beginning and end to ensure its content and quality.

The ingots are now rolled out to form a flat sheet with the perfect thickness. Blanks are then punched out from these flat sheets. A sieve is used to separate any access off the coin. The coins were then annealed which means heated and slowly cooled to toughen the coin and remove any internal stresses, polish and clean.

Now we have a planchet – a plain metal disk. The planchets were treated as money at this point.  Each department was responsible for their own planchets. Once the edges were formed the planchet was weighed and inspected. The obverse and reverse die was struck, counted and bagged. 

Image Source: Library of Congress



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Metal Detecting - 1884 Morgan Silver Dollar


Oct 13, 2011

Here is a great video by Lookn4Seated.  He comes across a coin he thought he would never come across an 1884 Morgan Silver Dollar. Looked to be in pretty good condition after all that time in the ground.

On this hunt they also found an 1877 seated liberty quarter, 1884 v-nickel, a couple barber dimes and some Indian Head Pennies.  I love watching these videos as well as getting out there and metal detecting myself. But I have never found a Morgan dollar while metal detecting, well not yet...

 



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1879 Silver Dollar


Oct 12, 2011

1879 silver dollar1879 Silver Dollar

Mintage Circulation strikes: 14,806,000
Proofs: 1,100
There is no mint mark on the coin which means it was minted in Philadelphia.

Varieties of the 1879 Silver Dollar:
CC Mint has two varieties one has a doubled "CC" mint mark known as the 1879-CC "Capped Die" and the other variety has a clear "CC"

1879-CC Silver Dollar
Mintage Circulation strikes: 756,000
Proofs: 0
Minted in Carson City – CC

1879-S Silver Dollar
Mintage Circulation Strikes: 9,110,000
Proofs: 0
Minted in San Francisco - S  

1879-O Silver Dollar
Mintage Circulation strikes: 2,887,000
Proofs: est. 12
Minted in New Orleans

Random Fact of 1879

New Orleans mint was in operation from 1838-1861, but it was closed during the American Civil War which lasted from 1861-1865 and during the reconstruction. It didn't open up again until 1879 closing its doors for good in 1909. During its time in history the New Orleans mint produced over 427 million silver and gold coins. The most common produced by the New Orleans Mint was the Morgan Silver Dollar. 

In 1861 the US government suspended specie payments. A specie payment is when you trade paper currency for a gold coin.  They suspended these specie payments during the civil war because the government didn't want to use up all the reserves of gold and silver. Come 1862 the greenback was issued a legal-tender note. On January 1st, 1879 the Specie Resumption Act takes place where you can trade a greenback for gold. Folks felt their greenback were as good as gold. 

 Image credit goes to coinforgeryebay


 



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100 Morgan Silver Dollar


Oct 11, 2011

This is just  a fun video I found. I love the sound of the silver as he breaks down the stacks into piles of 10. Pretty impressive!   I would guess that collection of Morgans is easily worth $3,000 but probably more. We know there is at least an 1887 and possible an 1894 Morgan in that collection. Hard to read the last Morgan Dollar that he holds. What year do you think that last Morgan is? 

 

Video thanks to consignablecollectib's

 



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1878 Silver Dollar


Oct 10, 2011

1878 Silver Dollar

1878 Morgan Dollar

Mintage Circulation strikes: 10,500,000
Proofs 750
There is no mint mark on the coin which means it was minted in Philadelphia.

Varieties of the 1878 Silver Dollar
8 Tail Feathers 
7/8 Tail Feathers
7 Tail Feathers Reverse of 1878
7 Tail Feathers Reverse of 1879

1878-CC Silver Dollar
Mintage Circulation strikes: 2,212,000
Proofs: 0
Minted in Carson City – CC

1878-S Silver Dollar
Mintage Circulation Strikes: 9,774,000
Proofs: 0
Minted in San Francisco - S 

Random Facts of 1878
Why can so many Morgan Dollars be acquired in AU or UNC? In 1878 when the Morgan Dollar was first minted they were produced in significant amounts, but hardly any were put into use as money. The size of the coin was extremely large rendering it awkward to carry on business so a silver certificate was issued as an alternative. The mint issued silver certificates instead and placed the Morgan Silver Dollars in the vaults.

Production of the Trade Dollar stopped for business strikes in 1878. From 1879-1885 only proof examples were minted of the Trade Dollar.

The 19th President was in office – Rutherford B. Hayes (1877-1881)
A few things President Rutherford B. Hayes did with coinage legislation.

    • In February 1878 he restored Standard Silver Dollars to legal tender character and authorized the coinage for the Standard Silver Dollar.
    • May 1878 Stopped the U.S. mintage of the 20 cent silver piece.

    Photo credit for the 1878 Silver Dollar goes to DvX Gaming's photostream



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    History of the Morgan Dollar


    Oct 06, 2011

    Let’s begin with Coinage act of 1873 also known as the Fourth Coinage Act which embraced the gold standard and demonetized silver. Anybody who wanted silver in circulation particularly the western mining companies referred to this act as the crime of 73. Gold all of sudden had become the only metallic standard in the United States. Bear in mind for the duration of this specific period of time silver continues to be mined and discovered in the U.S. This act came truly was a crime for the silver miners.

    Along with some pressure among the western mining states the mining industry lobbyists encouraged a mandatory treasury purchase of raw silver which would be converted into coinage. Thus the Bland-Allison Act was passed was passed in 1878. Bland was a representative from Missouri and Allison was from Iowa. President Rutherford was against this bill it so he vetoed it and sent it back to congress, but congress passed it over his head. The act stated the U.S Treasury department was to buy 2-4 million dollars of silver bullion per month from the western mines. No special deals were given to the treasury department they were to purchase the silver at market rates and then the silver was to minted into legal tender.

    When the Morgan dollar was first minted in 1878 the public didn't instantly adore it most thought the coin was bulky and awkward. But today the public feels a little different now it has become a favorite collectible coin. The bulky heavy feel to the Morgan dollar is one of the qualities I like about it.

     When silver reserves fell to dangerously low in 1904 the U.S. mint stopped minting Morgan dollars. It wasn't until 1918 Pitman Act ordered the melting down and re-striking of millions of silver dollars as a result Morgan came back in 1921 for one final year.

    Photo credit to JohnLSmith's photostream



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    How to Photograph your Morgan Dollars


    Oct 05, 2011

    Coins in general have a very reflective surface which make them a bit tricky to photograph. If you have ever taken a photograph of your Morgan Dollar you know what I am talking about. So today lets focus on how to make your own soft box to photograph your coins. With the proper set up you will immediately notice a difference in your coin photography.

    First we need to know how to make a soft box. I found this great tutorial with step by step instructions on how to make your own soft box with supplies you can find around the house. Basically you need a cardboard box, any size you want. You will want to cut a square on the top of the box as well as both sides of the box. Be sure to leave a strip of cardboard about 2-3 inches around the edges of your square. Now you have three square size openings that need to be covered. Try using either white tissue paper or a material like rip stop nylon.

    Next you will need to focus on lights. Of course you can try positioning your living room lamps around your Morgan Dollar. But you will quickly find it's hard to focus the light in the direction you want. I find standard clamp lamps very useful and affordable since you can turn them any direction to achieve your desired lighting.

    Almost done you just have one more step. Lay a piece of white poster board on the bottom of your box. You can angel the white poster board to be your background as well as where the coin will sit you'll want your coin standing up. You can purchase some candle adhesive stick-um as the video below suggest or look around your house for something small enough that will fit behind the coin and yet not be seen by the camera.

    If you have a tripod for your camera great! If not you can be creative set your camera on a stack of books in front of your soft box. If you have a timer on your camera use it to eliminate moving your camera while taking the photo. Next turn off your camera flash and take the picture!

    This is a great video I found on how to take a photograph your Morgan Dollars once you have your soft box set up!

    Video thanks to mystudiobyprocyc



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    Creativity with a Morgan Dollar


    Oct 03, 2011

    Mixing Art with Morgan Dollars. I thought he did a great job going for the close up shot of a pile of Morgan silver dollars.

    Photo of a pile of Morgan Dollars

    Thanks for this photo taken by Jeffry B

    I looked close, but it was hard to tell the dates on these Morgan dollars. The first Morgan dollar looks to be a 1881. What do you think it is? Looking at this photograph makes me want to pick them up just so I can hear the sound of silver. Any body else have any good *interesting* photos of Morgans? Let me know!



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    Where to find Morgan Dollars


    Oct 02, 2011

    Where to find Morgan DollarsWith the invention of the internet purchasing coins has never been easier. The amount of information at your fingertips is amazing. Type in 1921 Morgan Dollar and you instantly find the history, forums with people talking about it, what the going price is for that particular year. One thing I like about researching coins on eBay is you can look up completed listings.  A completed listing is an auction that has ended within the last 15 days. It doesn’t matter if the item sold or not this way you can see what the current market is willing to pay for a 1921 Morgan Silver Dollar.

    Of course you can purchase coins through our Morgan Dollar Store and you can also turn to your local coin dealer shops. Build a rapport with your local dealer. Tell them what you’re looking for if they don’t have it in stock they can use their resources to find one for you. Check locally to see if you have any coin clubs in your community you could join. Not only would you meet people with the same interest, usually you will find established collectors who can teach you a thing or two about collecting coins. Not to mention some clubs will have small shows where you can buy, sell and trade your coins.

    A few sites to reference would be Coin World if you want to see a list of coin shows around the country.  The PNG - Professional Numismatists Guild is a nonprofit organization of the world’s top numismatic professionals who make sure this is safe hobby for collectors. There are some strict guidelines to becoming a PNG dealer. You can find a local PNG Dealer with their dealer directory. Another resource would be the ANA - American Numismatic Association which is a nonprofit educational organization education all collectors interested in numismatics.



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