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1882-S Morgan Silver Dollar
Viewed by many as one of the finest struck issues in the series, these are generally found with all their detail intact - even the parts of the hair on the obverse and feathers on the reverse that do not typically show well on most issues. For this reason and because this date is not scarce, the 1882-S Morgan Silver Dollar serves to be one of the most affordable issues in which collectors can obtain a nice, full details coin for their type set.
Morgan Silver Dollars
By 1878 large deposits of silver ore had been found in many places in the West, to include the massive Comstock Lode near Carson City, Nevada. The US Government decided that it was time to monetize the silver, so they passed the Bland-Allison act which made provision to purchase millions of dollars in silver annually to mint into silver dollars.
Meanwhile, communication between the U.S. Mint and the Royal Mint in London resulted in the hiring of an English die-sinker to the U.S. Mint staff named George T. Morgan. He was given a position as assistant engraver, and was told to begin work on the design for a new silver dollar in 1877. He finished the work in time for the 1878 coining year, and the result - named after Morgan himself - was a huge success.
Today, Morgan Silver Dollars are still viewed as "the" iconic American coin by many collectors around the world. They are the second most popularly collected American coin, behind only the most plentiful American coin, the Lincoln cent. Morgan Silver Dollar collections can be as simple to collect as one coin from each year the series was minted, or can be as difficult as obtaining every stage of ever listed variety known, which could easily number a thousand coins. The challenge level is up to the collector's budget.
This 1882-S Morgan Silver Dollar BU is proudly minted by the U.S. Mint. The United States Mint was founded in 1792 and manufactures circulating, collectible, and bullion coinage.
|Year of Issue:||1882|
|Weight in Grams:||24.055 g|
|Weight in Ounces:||0.7734 oz|
|Legal Tender:||United States|
|Obverse Design:||Liberty facing left flanked by stars|
|Reverse Design:||Eagle clasping arrows and olive branch within half wreath|
|Reverse Designer/Engraver:||George T. Morgan|
|Obverse Designer/Engraver:||George T. Morgan|
In 1878, thirteen years after the end of America’s devastating Civil War, the united, but wounded nation, saw the introduction of a new silver dollar. Designed by George T. Morgan, the country’s new coin featured patriotic imagery and served as a powerful symbol of unity that helped heal a nation.
The Morgan Silver Dollar, the king of 19th century U.S. coins, has all but dominated the numismatic hobby and coin market within the United States since the 1960s. Learn various approaches to build your Morgan collection!