1887 Morgan Dollar (1887-P)


The 1887 Morgan Dollar USA (1887-P)

Morgan Silver Dollar dated 1887 and minted at the Philadelphia branch of the US Mint. There is no mint mark. The 1887-P is common due to the high quantity minted and easy to find.

There is a 7/6 overdate which is a little more expensive.

The Obverse shows an image of Liberty, designed by George T Morgan. His initial 'M' is found on the truncation of the neck. The coin is named after the designer who at the time was United States Mint Assistant Engraver.

The edge is reeded.

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

In 1887, 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 S (San Francisco) or O (New Orleans).

Image credit: Mountain View Coins (via mycoinpictures.com)


Mintage: 20,290,000 (may include coins in sets)
Minted at US Mint - Philadelphia.
Remember 1887 ?
The Monarch is Queen Victoria, who in June celebrated her Golden Jubilee for 50 years of her reign. Prime Minister is Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury (Conservative). US President is Grover Cleveland (Democrat). St John Ambulance Brigade is introduced. Hammersmith Bridge opens in London. The Hovis process for making breadmaking flour is patented. Celtic F.C. is formed in Glasgow. The first Sherlock Holmes novel A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle is published. Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show opens in London. Glenfiddich single malt Scotch whisky first distilled.
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 - Philadelphia
The United States Mint, Philadelphia was founded in 1792. It has a mint mark of 'P' although the early coins minted there do not carry a mint mark. The 'P' was added to most coins after 1980.
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
The United Kingdom (UK) is the Union of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It is often refered to as Great Britain (GBR). It has a long, rich history.

The orignal coinage was Pounds, Shillings and Pence but since decimalisation on 15 February 1971, it is £1 = 100p, that is One Pound = 100 pence. The coinage of the UK is also a long history, the Royal Mint being established as long ago as 886AD when coins were hammered. Today there is perhaps 30 billion coins in circulation, and many (numismatic) collectors coins and sets are issued frequently in gold, silver and other metals.
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1887-P Morgan Dollar PCGS MS64 Fiery “EOR” End Of Roll Rainbow Toned W/Video
1887-P Morgan Dollar PCGS MS64 Fiery “EOR” End Of Roll Rainbow Toned W/Video
£ 305.13
1887-P NGC Silver Morgan Dollar MS63 Mint State US Coin
1887-P NGC Silver Morgan Dollar MS63 Mint State US Coin
£ 68.96
1887-P ICG Silver Morgan Dollar MS63PL Proof Like Coin
1887-P ICG Silver Morgan Dollar MS63PL Proof Like Coin
£ 122.04
PCGS MS63 1887-P Morgan Silver Dollar White
PCGS MS63 1887-P Morgan Silver Dollar White
£ 82.72
1887  P   MISS MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR FREE SHIPPING  K9899
1887 P MISS MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR FREE SHIPPING K9899
£ 51.26
1887 P NGC MS63 Star Rainbow Toned Morgan Silver Dollar Lustrous Beauty
1887 P NGC MS63 Star Rainbow Toned Morgan Silver Dollar Lustrous Beauty
£ 138.25
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⭐️1887 P MORGAN DOLLAR⭐️MS BU⭐️BLAST WHITE⭐️ABSOLUTE STUNNER⭐️MUST SEE COIN S159
⭐️1887 P MORGAN DOLLAR⭐️MS BU⭐️BLAST WHITE⭐️ABSOLUTE STUNNER⭐️MUST SEE COIN S159
£ 138.32

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