2021 observes the 100th Anniversary of the final appearance of the iconic Morgan Silver Dollar, which returned for a final year of issue in 1921. On January 5, 2021, H.R.6192, a.k.a. the 1921 Silver Dollar Coin Anniversary Act, was signed into law. This legislation requires the striking of a legal tender Morgan Silver Dollar.
The United States Mint issued five 2021 dated Morgan coins struck at the San Francisco, Denver, and Philadelphia branches of the United States Mint. Two of the Morgans will be struck at the Philadelphia Branch but will carry "O" and "CC" privy marks respectively to honor the fabled and no-longer operational New Orleans and Carson City branches that historically struck the series.
The designer and junior U.S. Mint engraver George T. Morgan completed his iconic Silver Dollar design as his first assignment for the U.S. Mint. He was 31 years old at the time.
The obverse design depicts Liberty, as modeled by Philadelphia teacher Anna Willis Williams who Morgan regarded as having a perfect profile. The reverse features a heraldic bald eagle, as required by U.S. coinage law.
The 2021 Morgan Silver Dollars will bear renditions of the historical designs, with the obverse featuring the 2021 date. Unlike the original silver dollars this program is honoring, which were struck using .900 fine silver, 2021 Morgans are planned to be struck on .999 fine silver planchets.
The United States Mint struck silver dollars from 1878 through 1904 and again in 1921. The U.S. Government purchased this silver in response to the Bland-Allison Act of 1878. This act was orchestrated by powerful mining interests in the Western states, which needed a customer with deep pockets to buy Comstock Lode silver.
The series is one of the most widely beloved, coveted, and collected in American numismatics.
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