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1885-P Morgan Silver Dollar

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Inception of the Morgan Dollar

As R.W. Julian has related, the Morgan silver dollar was a child of politics and the silver interests of the 1870s. George T. Morgan's design was rushed into production in early 1878 before it was thoroughly tested. As a result, the first few months saw several revisions. The relief contour of the eagle's breast was altered, the number of feathers in the eagle's tail was changed from eight to seven (with several dies having eight feathers over seven feathers), and other minor adjustments were made. As late as 1880, overdates and mixtures of new and obsolete reverses recurred. These operations produced a plethora of varieties for a later generation of collectors.

The image on the obverse was that of Philadelphia kindergarten teacher Anna Willess Williams. Walter H. Breen commented as follows;'

The portrait on the Morgan dollar bears a superficial resemblance to the Eugene Andre Oudine head of Marianne (the personified Republic) on dollar-size French silver 5 francs, 1870-1878. This is likely to have been interpreted in Europe at the time as a gesture of respect to France, an ally of the United States nearly continuously since the Revolutionary War.


Guide To Collecting and Investing

Chapter 15


by Q. David Bowers




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