1881-S Morgan Dollar


The 1881-S Morgan Dollar

Morgan Silver Dollar dated 1881 and minted at the San Francisco branch of the US Mint.

The mintage of the 1881-S is high, so the coin is very easy to find even in high grades, and can usually be purchased at a reasonable price.

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

Mint marks can be found above the DO in DOLLAR. If no mint mark is present then the mint is Philadelphia, but in 1881 it may also be CC (Carson City), S (San Francisco) or O (New Orleans).

The Obverse shows an image of Liberty, designed by George T Morgan.

The edge is reeded (milled).

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

Image credit: Mountain View Coins


Mintage: 12,760,000 (may include coins in sets)
Minted at US Mint - San Francisco.
Remember 1881 ?
In UK, Monarch is Queen Victoria. Prime Minister is William Ewart Gladstone (Liberal). It is time of the First Boer War. 1881 is a census year in the United Kingdom. The Natural History Museum opens in London. In fiction, Sherlock Holmes meets Dr John H. Watson for the first time (later told in Conan Doyle's A Study in Scarlet).
In USA, For the second time in American history (after 1841), the USA had three Presidents in one calendar year starting with Rutherford B. Hayes, then on March 4th James A. Garfield (who died in September after being shot), and on September 19th Vice-President Chester A. Arthur took over the Presidency. Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell form the Oriental Telephone Company. It's a memorable year for Western fans: The Gunfight at the O.K. Corral occurs in Tombstone, Arizona; Billy the Kid is shot and killed by Pat Garrett; and Sioux Chief Sitting Bull leads in the Indian Wars.
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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1881 S USA 0.900 SILVER MORGAN DOLLAR COIN
1881 S USA 0.900 SILVER MORGAN DOLLAR COIN
£ 59.99
1881 S One Morgan Dollar | United States | Silver | MS65 NGC Price 170 Pounds
1881 S One Morgan Dollar | United States | Silver | MS65 NGC Price 170 Pounds
£ 160.00
1881-S $1 Morgan Silver Dollar - Strong 65 - NGC MS 65 - SKU-B2367
1881-S $1 Morgan Silver Dollar - Strong 65 - NGC MS 65 - SKU-B2367
£ 210.36
1881s US Morgan Dollar MS65 Toning International Rare Coin & Bullion Lot # 169
1881s US Morgan Dollar MS65 Toning International Rare Coin & Bullion Lot # 169
£ 225.00
1881-S Morgan Silver Dollar Uncirculated American Savings Beautiful Rainbow Tone
1881-S Morgan Silver Dollar Uncirculated American Savings Beautiful Rainbow Tone
£ 164.99
1881 S MS65 NGC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR RAINBOW TONED SEMI-PL WHITE BLAZER GEM
1881 S MS65 NGC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR RAINBOW TONED SEMI-PL WHITE BLAZER GEM
£ 325.85
1881 S MORGAN DOLLAR ANACS MS-64 - UNCIRCULATED - TONING - CERTIFIED SLAB - $1
1881 S MORGAN DOLLAR ANACS MS-64 - UNCIRCULATED - TONING - CERTIFIED SLAB - $1
£ 114.67
1881 S Morgan 0.900 Silver $1 Dollar Coin San Francisco Mint Mark
1881 S Morgan 0.900 Silver $1 Dollar Coin San Francisco Mint Mark
£ 95.00

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