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Morgan Silver Dollar Value (1878–1921)

Morgan silver dollars range in price from as low as $20 to as high as tens of thousands of dollars. It depends on their condition and the date they were minted, among other factors.

  Click here for the full morgan silver dollar price chart

You're probably thinking: That's quite a wide range! This is why you should consult a numismatic expert to appraise the value of your coin when you’re ready to sell.

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Each Morgan dollar is struck from 90% silver. Its fine silver weight is 0.77344 troy oz. (Gold and silver are measured in troy ounces.)

Popular Morgan Dollars

If your Morgan dollar is a special variety, it will likely command a higher price. These varieties are commonly known as VAMs. Some of them have earned fascinating nicknames. Most VAMs can only be seen under magnification, but a handful are visible with the naked eye.

Numismatists have even traced the history of each VAM to the dies used to strike the coins.

The abbreviation comes from "Van Allen Mallis." These are the last names of the experts who first documented the varieties.

Here are a few of the most popular VAM Morgan silver dollars.

1888-O "Scarface"

scarface morgan dollar

Image source: VAMWorld

A die break caused one of the most famous Morgan dollar VAMs called "Scarface." A fracture in the die used to strike these coins left a prominent raised line on Lady Liberty's cheek.

1888-O "Hot Lips"

hot lips morgan dollar

Image source: VAMWorld

The "Hot Lips" VAM is the result of a mint error known as a doubled die. This causes parts of the design to appear doubled or overlapped. In this case, the effect is most obvious on Lady Liberty's lips. The Hot Lips variety is not especially rare but it is highly collectible.

1878-S "Funky Feather"

funky feather morgan dollar

Image source: VAMWorld

This variety is from the first year the Morgan dollar was issued. The wing feathers of the eagle on the reverse design are noticeably crude. A portion of the wing exhibits a grainy appearance and is characterized by small raised dots.

Other varieties of the 1878 coin feature different numbers of tail feathers on the eagle.

A noteworthy pedigree will also influence the price of a Morgan silver dollar. In other words, who owned the coin before? Was it part of a famous collection or hoard? Sometimes this is also called the coin's provenance.

The "PL" designation also adds collectible appeal to any silver coin. This stands for proof-like, meaning the coin has mirrored surfaces. Once unknown, these are now a favorite among collectors.

Below are some general guidelines to help you determine the value of your Morgan dollar.

How To Identify the Branch Mints

Several different branches of the U.S. Mint struck Morgan dollars. This is important to know because certain mints produced less coins in a given year than others.

Each branch corresponds to a mintmark. This is a short abbreviation on the coin that tells you the location where it came from:

  • P (Philadelphia Mint)
  • D (Denver Mint)
  • O (New Orleans Mint)
  • S (San Francisco Mint)
  • CC (Carson City Mint)

Silver dollar coins minted in Carson City, Nevada are prized by collectors. The mint sourced its silver from the legendary Comstock Lode. It was only briefly in operation, however.

How To Find the Mintmark

You will find the mintmark on the reverse of your Morgan near the bottom of the design.

Morgan dollar CC mint mark. Image source: CoinStudy

In the case of coins from the Philadelphia Mint, the mintmark is omitted. You won't find a "P" anywhere on the coin.

So if there is no mintmark, you'll know your coin comes from Philadelphia. As a general rule, these coins had higher mintages. That makes them less expensive than their counterparts from other mints.

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Morgan Silver Dollar Price Chart

Here is a list of values for every Morgan dollar minted from 1878 through 1904, as well as 1921.

Keep in mind that these prices are only a general guide. Actual market prices will vary slightly when you sell your coins. Again, it will always depend on the exact condition of the coin. Uncirculated silver Morgan dollar coins garner the highest prices.

Date & Mintmark Mintage G AU MS
1878 10,509,300 $30 $60 $150
1878-S 9,774,000 $30 $50 $80
1878-CC 2,212,000 $100 $180 $300
1879 14,807,100 $20 $50 $75
1879-S 9,110,000 $20 $40 $60
1879-CC 756,000 $180 $2,000 $4,000
1879-O 2,887,000 $30 $50 $100
1880 12,601,335 $20 $40 $60
1880-S 8,900,000 $20 $40 $60
1880-CC 495,000 $180 $325 $500
1880-O 5,305,000 $25 $50 $100
1881 9,163,975 $20 $40 $60
1881-S 12,760,000 $20 $40 $60
1881-CC 296,000 $320 $450 $520
1881-O 5,708,000 $20 $40 $60
1882 11,101,100 $20 $40 $60
1882-S 9,250,000 $20 $40 $60
1882-CC 1,133,000 $80 $150 $225
1882-O 6,090,000 $20 $40 $60
1883 12,291,039 $20 $40 $60
1883-S 6,250,000 $30 $120 $1,000
1883-CC 1,204,000 $60 $150 $215
1883-O 8,725,000 $20 $40 $60
1884 14,070,875 $20 $40 $55
1884-S 3,200,000 $25 $250 $8,000
1884-CC 1,136,000 $100 $200 $250
1884-O 9,730,000 $20 $40 $60
1885 17,787,767 $20 $40 $60
1885-S 1,497,000 $35 $110 $250
1885-CC 228,000 $500 $620 $700
1885-O 9,185,000 $20 $40 $60
1886 19,963,886 $20 $40 $60
1886-S 750,000 $50 $150 $375
1886-O 10,710,000 $30 $80 $1,000
1887 20,290,710 $20 $40 $60
1887-S 1,771,000 $25 $55 $140
1887-O 11,550,000 $20 $50 $80
1888 19,183,833 $20 $40 $60
1888-S 657,000 $120 $200 $350
1888-O 12,150,000 $20 $40 $60
1889 21,726,811 $20 $40 $60
1889-S 700,000 $40 $110 $290
1889-CC 350,000 $600 $7,000 $25,000
1889-O 11,875,000 $25 $60 $200
1890 16,802,590 $20 $40 $60
1890-S 8,230,373 $20 $40 $75
1890-CC 2,309,041 $75 $200 $600
1890-O 10,701,000 $20 $45 $80
1891 8,694,206 $25 $50 $80
1891-S 5,296,000 $25 $50 $100
1891-CC 1,618,000 $75 $250 $550
1891-O 7,954,529 $20 $60 $200
1892 1,037,245 $30 $100 $300
1892-S 1,200,000 $50 $1,400 $45,000
1892-CC 1,352,000 $200 $750 $1,600
1892-O 2,744,000 $25 $80 $300
1893 378,792 $200 $400 $800
1893-S 100,000 $2,500 $20,000 $125,000
1893-CC 677,000 $250 $2,000 $5,000
1893-O 300,000 $215 $800 $4,000
1894 110,972 $800 $1,500 $3,500
1894-S 1,260,000 $65 $470 $800
1894-O 1,723,000 $50 $180 $1,000
1895-S 400,000 $300 $1,600 $4,000
1895-O 450,000 $225 $1,200 $15,000
1896 9,976,762 $20 $40 $60
1896-S 5,000,000 $40 $800 $2,250
1896-O 4,900,000 $30 $120 $1,500
1897 2,822,731 $20 $40 $60
1897-S 5,825,000 $20 $45 $90
1897-O 4,004,000 $20 $100 $900
1898 5,884,735 $20 $40 $60
1898-S 4,102,000 $30 $100 $300
1898-O 4,440,000 $20 $40 $60
1899 330,846 $125 $200 $240
1899-S 2,562,000 $35 $150 $400
1899-O 12,290,000 $20 $40 $60
1900 8,880,938 $20 $40 $60
1900-S 3,540,000 $30 $90 $320
1900-O 12,590,000 $20 $40 $60
1901 6,962,813 $40 $300 $3,000
1901-S 2,284,000 $35 $200 $500
1901-O 13,320,000 $20 $35 $50
1902 7,944,777 $20 $45 $65
1902-S 1,530,000 $100 $275 $400
1902-O 8,636,000 $20 $35 $50
1903 4,652,755 $35 $60 $80
1903-S 1,241,000 $80 $1,600 $4,500
1903-O 4,450,000 $275 $375 $500
1904 2,788,650 $30 $55 $100
1904-S 2,304,000 $40 $500 $2,000
1904-O 3,720,000 $20 $30 $40
1921 44,690,000 $20 $30 $40
1921-S 21,695,000 $20 $40 $50
1921-D 20,345,000 $20 $40 $50

Price guide excludes all proofs and special varieties. Non-proof varieties are accounted for in annual mintage totals.

Prices derived from NGC Coin Explorer, PCGS price guide, and USA CoinBook.

The price chart above is provided for general information purposes. It should not be used or construed as investment advice.

Historical Significance of the Silver Morgan Dollar

Two pieces of legislation in the United States bookend the history of the Morgan dollar. These are the Bland-Allison Act and the Sherman Silver Purchase Act.

The Bland-Allison Act gave birth to the Morgan silver dollar. It marked the first $1 coin issued in the U.S. in five years (aside from the "Trade dollar").

There was very little demand for dollar coins, however. In 1890, the Sherman Silver Purchase Act attempted to address this problem. The law required the U.S. government to buy $4 million of silver every month from miners in the American West.

The coin is named for its designer, George T. Morgan. His design of Lady Liberty was modeled after Anna Willess Williams. She was a teacher and writer in Philadelphia at the time.

anna willess williams

1891 portrait of Anna Willess Williams. Image source: Chalkboard Champions

The 1921 Morgan dollar was the last coin in the series. That year also saw the introduction of the Peace dollar. The theme of "peace" was a celebration of the end of the First World War.

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