1896 Morgan Dollar (1896-P)


The 1896 Morgan Dollar (1896-P)

Morgan Silver Dollar dated 1896 and minted at the Philadelphia branch of the US Mint. There is no mint mark. The 1896-P is very common due to the high quantity minted and easy to find.

Proof 1896-P coins were minted.

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 1896, 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) and O (New Orleans).

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


Mintage: 9,976,000 (may include coins in sets)
Minted at US Mint - Philadelphia.
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The Monarch is Queen Victoria, and is now the longest reigning monarch. The Prime Minister is Robert Cecil, Marquess of Salisbury (Conservative). US President is Grover Cleveland (D-New York). Utah becomes the 45th U.S. State. The Summer Olympics Games are held in Athens, Greece - they are the first Olympics in modern history; Britain and Ireland win 2 gold medals. In the Cricket County Championship, Yorkshire scores 887 against Warwickshire, still a record. Blackpool Pleasure Beach opens.
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 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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USA On eBay USA:
1896 Morgan Dollar BU Choice Uncirculated Mint State 90% Silver $1 US Coin
1896 Morgan Dollar BU Choice Uncirculated Mint State 90% Silver $1 US Coin
USD $ 76.95
1896 Morgan Dollar XF EF Extremely Fine 90% Silver $1 US Coin Collectible
1896 Morgan Dollar XF EF Extremely Fine 90% Silver $1 US Coin Collectible
USD $ 57.95
1896 O Morgan Dollar XF EF Extremely Fine 90% Silver $1 US Coin Collectible
1896 O Morgan Dollar XF EF Extremely Fine 90% Silver $1 US Coin Collectible
USD $ 89.00
1896 O Morgan Dollar VF Very Fine 90% Silver $1 US Coin Collectible
1896 O Morgan Dollar VF Very Fine 90% Silver $1 US Coin Collectible
USD $ 65.95
1896-S Morgan Dollar Silver ---- Nice Coin ---- #XX862
1896-S Morgan Dollar Silver ---- Nice Coin ---- #XX862
USD $ 350.00
✅ 1896 P Morgan American Silver $1 One Dollar Coin
✅ 1896 P Morgan American Silver $1 One Dollar Coin
USD $ 50.00
1896 Morgan Dollar BU Uncirculated Mint State 90% Silver $1 US Coin Toned
1896 Morgan Dollar BU Uncirculated Mint State 90% Silver $1 US Coin Toned
USD $ 129.00
1896-S Morgan Silver Dollar PCGS MS 62 Sharp Well Struck Coin
1896-S Morgan Silver Dollar PCGS MS 62 Sharp Well Struck Coin
USD $ 4,399.99

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