Silver Dollar Blog Posts - December 2012

Guide to Investing in Gold and Silver

Dec 29, 2012


Perhaps you only collect coins for the love of the coins. Maybe your collection is worth more in the satisfaction of collecting every year a Morgan was minted. Some collect as an investment to the future. If you want to see where one man's view is on the issue "Everything you need to know to profit from precious metals now"  A Guide to investing in Gold and Silver!

Official Book Description:

"Throughout the ages, many things have been used as currency: livestock, grains, spices, shells, beads, and now paper. But only two things have ever been money: gold and silver. When paper money becomes too abundant, and thus loses its value, man always turns back to precious metals. During these times there is always an enormous wealth transfer, and it is within your power to transfer that wealth away from you or toward you." --Michael Maloney, precious metals investment expert and historian; founder and principal, Gold & Silver, Inc.

Michael Maloney is a precious metals investment expert and historian and the founder and principal of Gold& Silver, Inc. He serves as an adviser on Robert Kiyosaki's Rich Dad team and speaks frequently on commodities investing.

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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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1891 Silver Dollar

Dec 10, 2012

1891 Silver Dollar

1891 Silver Dollar
Mintage Circulation strikes: 8,693,556
Proofs: 650
There is no mint mark on the coin which means it was minted in Philadelphia.

1891-CC Silver Dollar
Mintage Circulation Strikes: 1,618,000
Proofs: 0
Minted in Carson City

1891-O Silver Dollar

Mintage Circulation strikes: 7,954,529
Proofs: 0
Minted in New Orleans

1891-S Silver Dollar
Mintage Circulation Strikes: 5,296,000
Proofs: 0
Minted in San Francisco

Random Facts of 1891

The London-Paris telephone system is opened to the general public

Carnegie Hall has its grand opening with it's first public performance

Standford University in California opens its doors

First asteroid discovered using photography, Asteroid 323 Brucia

James Naismith invents basketball

Nikola Tesla invents the Tesla coil

Pierre Lallemen, French inventor of the bicycle

The Wrigley Company is founded in Chicago, Illinois

1st motion picture shown to Natl Federation of Women's Clubs

National Forest Service organized

Electric self-starter for the automobile patented

Edison patents "transmission of signals electrically" (radio)

Benjamin Harrison March 4th 1889 - March 4th, 1893 is the President of the United States




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Top 100 Morgan Dollar Varieties - Good Reviews!

Dec 03, 2012


This book was published on September 15th, 2009. Comes with good reviews too! One reviewer said he liked it because it is compact and easy to read. Perfect to quickly refer to a specific coin when researching.The Top 100 Morgan Dollar Varieties is on sale at Amazon for $29.95!

Official Book Review:

An extremely important reference work that no Morgan dollar collector should be without. With silver dollar variety collecting is still in its infancy, I expect variety collecting to expand dramatically in the years to come. Any collector or dealer who routinely uses this book gains a very worthwhile edge. Jim Halperin, Co-Chairman, Heritage Auction Galleries ( One of the perks of coin collecting is the thrill of the hunt and the exhilaration of the find...always has been, always will be. What better a series than the Morgan Dollar to feed this habit? The newly revised, easy-to-read and comprehensive Top 100 book you are holding in your hand will enable you to capitalize on the most important aspect of numismatics...having FUN. Enjoy! Bill Fivaz Fey and Oxman have significantly updated what is arguably the one 'must-have' book on Morgan Dollar varieties. Van Allen and Mallis painted the 'big picture', but the Top 100 brings many of its most interesting elements into the sharp focus they deserve." John Roberts Director of Attribution Services ANACS For as long as I can remember, I've carried a copy of the Top 100 Morgan Dollar Varieties in my briefcase to every show I've attended. It's perfect size and gives a fellow like me who really isn't an expert in VAMs the knowledge I need to know about the best of the best. I'm elated to hear that there is now a new expanded edition coming! Ken Potter Coin World Columnist Numismatic News Feature Writer --Jim Halperin, Co-Chairman, Heritage Auction Galleries (

No one is more responsible for the renewed--and rapidly growing--interest in VAMS than Mike Fey and Jeff Oxman. No one. That resurgence began with their landmark 1997 book, Top 100. This book is the long awaited and expanded update. The first one sold out quickly; I predict this one will sell out almost before the ink is dry. I've already ordered my copy. James Taylor CEO & President, ANACS --James Taylor, CEO and President, ANACS

In the dozen years since its debut The VAM Keys book has revolutionized the collecting of Morgan Dollar varieties, taking this previously overlooked speciality into the mainstream. The number of collectors seeking Top 100 VAMs has multiplied many times over. While their attribution is now much easier, the competition to locate unattributed rarities is far more keen due to this handy guide. David W. Lange Research Director Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) --David W. Lange, Research Director, NGC 

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