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The Morgan Dollar
is named for its designer, United States Mint Assistant Engraver George T. Morgan. The
design that eventually became the Morgan
Dollar began its life as a pattern for a new half dollar. However the Director of the Mint,
Henry Linderman, later instructed the Superintendent of the
Philadelphia Mint James Pollock to have George Morgan and William
Barber prepare patterns for a new silver dollar, and for Morgan's to
be based on his half dollar pattern. Once the designs were
completed, Linderman selected Morgan's design for the new silver
The image of Liberty that appears on the obverse of the Morgan
Dollar was modeled after Anna Willess Williams. It was important to Morgan that the design be based upon
an actual American woman, rather than the usual Greek style figures,
and Morgan declared her profile to be the most perfect he had seen.
The Morgan Dollar was initially minted
only at the Philadelphia Mint, largely because the dies were not
available to supply the San Francisco and Carson City Mints. After
small changes were made to the design, San Francisco and Carson City
received their dies and began minting coins in April of 1878. The
New Orleans Mint began producing the dollars in 1879, and the Denver
Mint struck a number of Morgan
Dollars, but only in 1921.
Dollars contained .900 (90%) silver and .100 (10%) copper
with a diameter of 38.1mm and a weight of 412.5 grains (26.73g.)
The Morgan Dollar dies went through several changes during its minting, mostly small changes. However, the
amount of variation in the coins is so great that there are several guides to the great number of different Morgan Dollars
that exist, including the Red Book of Morgan Silver Dollars and the
Top 100 Morgan Dollar VAM Keys.