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Obverse of 1883-O Morgan Silver Dollar     Reverse of 1883-O Morgan Silver Dollar


PCGS Nos: 7146, 7147, 97147, 7346


Circulation strikes: 8,725,000
Proofs: est. 12

Designer: George T. Morgan

Diameter: 38.1 millimeters

Metal Content:
Silver - 90%
Copper - 10%

Weight: 26.73 grams

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: "O" (for New Orleans, Louisiana) beneath the bow on the reverse

Images courtesy of Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.

The 1883-O Morgan Dollar is named after the designer, George Morgan, who created one of the most popular and widely collected coins in American history.  The front of the coin features Miss Liberty wearing an embellished cap of a Freedman.  The back displays an American Eagle with outstretched wings.  The O mintmark (appearing as a tiny letter centered below the wreath on the back) stands for New Orleans, Louisiana, where the Mint produced 8,725,000 Silver Dollars in 1883.  The 1883-O Morgan Dollar is know for its frosty luster and affordable price, making it a great coin for beginning collectors.

The 1883-O Morgan Silver Dollar is common in all Uncirculated grades including Gem.  Prooflikes and Deep Mirror Prooflikes are also easy to obtain.  The most common Uncirculated grade is a toss-up between MS-63 and MS-64.  The finest examples certified by PCGS are 27 MS-67's, 7 MS-66 Prooflikes, and 9 MS-66 Deep Mirror Prooflikes.

An estimated 12 Proofs were struck of this date.  PCGS has certified three Proofs and assigned a grade of PR-67 to the best example.

Significant examples:
PCGS MS-67 (illustrated above).  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s January 2000 "FUN" Sale, Lot 7072, unsold

Recent appearances:
NGC MS-66.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 3624, not illustrated, sold for $195.50

NGC MS-66.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6283, not illustrated, sold for $207.00

PCGS MS-65 Deep Mirror Prooflike.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6284, not illustrated, sold for $488.75

PCGS MS-65 DMPL.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 310, not illustrated, sold for $483.00

NGC MS-65.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 2051, not illustrated, sold for $75.00

Gem Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 523, not plated, sold for $57.50

PCGS MS-62.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 1804, "Partial Collar Strike", sold for $483.00

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"The PCGS Population Report, October 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service


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