1880-S Morgan Dollar


The 1880-S Morgan Dollar USA

Morgan Silver Dollar dated 1880 and minted at the San Francisco branch of the US Mint. The 1880-S is common, easy to find and reasonably priced.

The coin is named after the designer, George T. Morgan, who at the time was United States Mint Assistant Engraver.

The Obverse shows an image of Liberty, designed by George T Morgan. His initial 'M' is found on the trunation of the neck.

The edge is reeded.

The Reverse shows an eagle holding arrows and an olive branch, also designed by George T Morgan.

In 1880, Mint marks can be found above the DO in DOLLAR. If no mint mark is present then the mint is Philadelphia, but it may be CC (Carson City), S (San Francisco) and O (New Orleans).

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Mintage: 8,900,000 (may include coins in sets)
Minted at US Mint - San Francisco.
Remember 1880 ?
UK: Monarch is Queen Victoria. Prime Minister is Benjamin Disraeli (Conservative), but on 23 April it is William Ewart Gladstone (Liberal). Great fogs continue to engulf London. Greenwich Mean Time adopted as the legal standard. First Boer War starts.
USA: President is Rutherford B. Hayes (R-Ohio). It the United States Census year and the population is counted as 50,155,783. Wabash, Indiana becomes the first city lit by electric lighting in the world. The University of Southern California (USC) opens and has 53 students, it is the oldest private research University in California.
General Description: Morgan Dollars

The Morgan Dollar was a USA silver coin minted from 1878 to 1904 and then again in 1921. It had a currency value of one US dollar. In 2021, a .999 Silver Morgan Dollar was released to mark the 100th anniversary of the last Morgan Dollar.

The name Morgan derives from the designer George T. Morgan (1845-1925). Morgan was originally from Birmingham, England, where he worked with William Wyon but moved to America in 1876 to become the assistant engraver at the US Mint. The image of Liberty was modelled by a Philadelphia school teacher named Anna Willess Williams.

Morgan later became Chief Engraver of the U.S.Mint from 1917 until 1925 and he is probably best known for the Morgan Dollar, although he designed many other coins too. You can see a small 'M' on the truncation of the neck.

The Morgan Dollar was brought about due to the Bland–Allison Act of 1878 and during the early days the coin was often referred to as the Bland Dollar (after Richard P. Bland who introduced the Bill), although some called it the buzzard dollar as they disliked the image of the eagle.

Specifications

  • Diameter: 38.1 mm
  • Thickness: 2.4 mm
  • Weight: 26.73 g
  • Edge: Reeded
  • Silver Content: 90% (Copper 10%)
In all, over 650 million Morgan Dollars were minted. They were made in five different mints:

  • Philadelphia (No mint mark, although modern coins use 'P')
  • New Orleans (Mint mark = 'O')
  • San Francisco (Mint mark = 'S')
  • Carson City (Mint mark = 'CC')
  • Denver (in 1921 only: Mint mark = 'D')

The Morgan Dollar remains a popular coin with collectors and investors.

We have a few articles on Morgan Dollars:

Which Mint: US Mint - San Francisco
The San Francisco Mint Facility of the US Mint was created in 1854 to cater for the California Gold Rush. The current Mint buildings have been used since 1937. Mint mark = 'S'.
Country of Origin: United States of America
The United States of America (USA), commonly known as the United States (U.S.) or America, is a constitutional federal republic composed of 50 states. It's currency is the Dollar (USD $1) and that is equivalent to 100 cents.

The United States mints many famous coins in gold, silver and lesser metals. The USA has several Mints, such as Philadelphia, San Francisco, West Point (NY) and Denver.
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1880s Morgan Dollar Commemorative Coin. RESTRIKE. *UK Dispatch*
1880s Morgan Dollar Commemorative Coin. RESTRIKE. *UK Dispatch*
£ 4.99
1880 S US Morgan Dollar Silver
1880 S US Morgan Dollar Silver
£ 37.95
1880 S Morgan Silver Dollar $1 NGC MS 64 (BU Uncirculated, Unc.) Toning Toned
1880 S Morgan Silver Dollar $1 NGC MS 64 (BU Uncirculated, Unc.) Toning Toned
£ 102.48
1880 S $1 Morgan Dollar NGC MS66 ( Fantastic Coin)
1880 S $1 Morgan Dollar NGC MS66 ( Fantastic Coin)
£ 799.00
1880 S US Morgan Dollar .900 Silver Coin
1880 S US Morgan Dollar .900 Silver Coin
£ 70.00
1880-S $1 Morgan Dollar - Looks Proof-Like - PQ BU Coin - NGC MS 64 - B2366
1880-S $1 Morgan Dollar - Looks Proof-Like - PQ BU Coin - NGC MS 64 - B2366
£ 126.12
1880 S $1 Morgan Dollar PCGS MS64 ( Fantastic Coin)
1880 S $1 Morgan Dollar PCGS MS64 ( Fantastic Coin)
£ 138.00
1880 S Morgan Dollar AU About Uncirculated 90% Silver $1 US Coin Collectible
1880 S Morgan Dollar AU About Uncirculated 90% Silver $1 US Coin Collectible
£ 56.10

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