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1885 Morgan Silver Dollars
The Philadelphia Mint struck more Morgan Dollars than any other mint. Suffice to say, they were the 'main' mint and had the resources and facility to do so. Oddly enough, however, 1885 Philadelphia mint Morgan Silver Dollars are less abundant in uncirculated grades than their mintage of nearly 18 million coins would indicate. They are more difficult to find by the roll than many other 'common' dates. This makes them affordable yet desirable.
Morgan Silver Dollar design
The Morgan Silver Dollar was designed to be a workhorse coin and needed a crisp, clean design. The sculpting job for this design was given to an experienced die-sinker who was rather new to the United States Mint - George T. Morgan. His design was almost immediately accepted for the coin and has since become one of the most iconic of all US coin designs.
The obverse side of the Morgan Silver Dollar shows Lady Liberty in her cloth cap with a band around the front of her head that reads, "LIBERTY." Out of that band emerges pieces of wheat and cotton representing the success of the nation based on agriculture. Surrounding the bust of Liberty are thirteen six pointed stars, the date, and the motto "E Pluribus Unum," which is Latin for ,"of many, one."
The reverse design of the Morgan Silver Dollar exhibits an eagle with spread wings clutching a bundle of arrows. Around the Eagle is a laurel wreath bound with a bow, under which the mint mark (if there is one) is displayed. Around the circumference of the design are the name of the nation and the denomination.
What does 'Brilliant Uncirculated' mean?
The term "brilliant uncirculated' - BU for short - describes a coin that has not received any wear from circulation. It does not necessarily mean a coin that has never entered circulation, but if it has, it was very lightly handled throughout its journey so as to not change any of the surface of the coin. Brilliant uncirculated coins are bright and shiny - as new.
This 1885 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:||1885|
|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.