1897-O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR - NGC MS64The New Orleans Mint coined just over 4 million Morgan dollars in 1897. Most had poor strikes and dull luster, and many were placed into circulation. Fortunately, that means that uncirculated examples of all grades are rare today like this beautiful MS 64 example. The Philadelphia and San Francisco issues of 1897 are plentiful in high grade, but the New Orleans counterpart is generally only available through MS63. Choice coins such as the present are scarce, and finer pieces are out of reach for most collectors. A number of the Uncirculated coins known today came out the Treasury in the 1950s and 1960s, but almost none of these survive in high grade, having already acquired numerous bagmarks by the time they fell into collectors' hands. This near-Gem is high-end for the issue, and would be a highlight in any collection.
Morgan Silver Dollars are America's most collected coin, with a rich history that was born out of the old Wild West. These big, beautiful silver dollars conjure up images of cowboys and salon poker games, outlaws and stage coach robberies, casino slot machines and honkytonks of the past. Born out of the rich silver mines of Nevada that turned small mining camps into large bustling cities full of promise and entrepreneurial enterprise. Today, Morgan Dollars are among the most colorful and treasured relics of the old American West. Morgan dollars were minted from 1878 to 1904, and once again in 1921 before retiring as America?s most popular coin.