The Morgan silver dollar is considered the “King of American Coins,” named after their designer, “the English-born engraver George T. Morgan.” It is “linked historically to the U.S. Mint’s earliest silver dollars, and connected to the modern dollar coins of later generations.” They were created as a result of the Bland-Allison Act of 1878, “simply to provide a market for western and other silver-mining interests.” From 1878 through 1904, “four different mints were used to strike Morgan dollars,” including Philadelphia, Carson City, New Orleans, and San Francisco. Each mint gave their own unique touch to the Morgan silver dollar, thus resulting in many stories related to the currency.
Following the past editions of the Guide Book of Morgan Silver Dollars, the new and updated sixth edition by Q. David Bowers expands upon the “ongoing exploration, conversation, and fascination with these classic coins.” There is a new appendix in this edition that describes the dangers of counterfeit coins along with an expanded index. The coin-by-coin catalog has been updated with new certified-population data and current pricing. The 320-page, full color edition debuted in March 2019 and is available for $19.95 at www.Whitman.com.
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