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Why buy this 1897 Silver Morgan Dollar?
This 1897 Morgan combines a fascinating time in America's monetary history with one of the most iconic series in American numismatic history. In the year of issue, the US was just beginning to emerge from the Panic of 1893. The series itself was an important symbol of identity and unity for a country that had recently been torn apart by a bloody civil war. This coin was part of a mintage of 2,822,000. It was struck from .7734 oz of .900 fine silver at the Philadelphia Mint.
Featuring the Classic Liberty Design of George T. Morgan
Both faces of this coin were designed by George T. Morgan. On the obverse is a left-side portrait of Liberty, whom Morgan modeled off of Anna Willess Williams. Morgan's selection of Williams meant that Liberty would be portrayed as an American-style figure rather than a Greek-style figure, as was tradition. On her head are a Phrygian cap, a crown of cotton and wheat, and a ribbon that bears her name, "LIBERTY." The crown represents national unity, as it consists of a Southern crop and a Northern one, while the cap identifies her as a freed slave. "E PLURIBUS UNUM" and the date, "1897," are inscribed along the rim. They are joined by thirteen stars, symbols of the original states.
On the reverse, a heraldic eagle spreads its wings while holding arrows and an olive branch. The former represent the issuing country's willingness to defend its values, while the latter expresses a desire for peace. The eagle is partially encircled by an open wreath, and the national motto, "IN GOD WE TRUST," is inscribed between its wings. This image is encircled by a pair of rim inscriptions, "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" and "ONE DOLLAR."
Beautifully Maintained MS64
This coin earned a Mint State 64 grade from the experts at Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS). To earn that grade, a coin must have an average or better strike and show no traces of wear.
Add this Silver 1897 Morgan Dollar to your collection today.
This 1897 Silver Morgan Dollar PCGS MS64 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:||1897|
|Weight in Grams:||26.73 g|
|Weight in Ounces:||0.8594 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|