Why buy this Prooflike 1898 Silver Morgan Dollar?
George T. Morgan's decision to use an American-style model for Liberty rather than following the tradition of depicting her as a Greek-style figure, marked a turning point in American numismatic history. Even those who are not true coin collectors treasure pieces from the series, which has a unique role in the American psyche. These coins are often used as heirlooms, as many people find it difficult to part with them. This 1898 Morgan was one of 5,884,000 of its kind struck at the Philadelphia Mint. Like the others, it was struck from .7734 troy oz. of .900 fine silver. It is in Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) condition, and the highly reflective nature of its fields render it Prooflike.
Transformational Liberty Design by George T. Morgan
Both faces of this dollar were designed by George T. Morgan, from whom the coin gets its name. On the obverse is a left-side profile of Liberty. The allegorical figure, who was modeled off of Anna Willess Williams, dons a Phrygian cap that serves as a symbol of freedom. It covers much of her long hair, which covers the back of her neck. Also on her head is a crown made from cotton and wheat, a Southern crop and a Northern one. This was an important symbol of unity for a coin that was first issued in the decade after the Civil War. Thirteen stars, one for each of the original states, connect two rim inscriptions, "E PLURIBUS UNUM" (From many, one) and "1898."
An open wreath partially encircles an eagle on the reverse. The eagle's wings stretch toward the edge, and the bird holds arrows, symbols of military readiness, and an olive branch, a symbol of peace, in its talons. Between its wings is an inscription of the national motto, "IN GOD WE TRUST." "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" arches over the design, while "ONE DOLLAR" is included below it.
Don't miss your chance to own this Silver Prooflike 1898 Morgan Dollar.
|Year of Issue:||1898|
|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|