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How do you tell if a coin is a trade dollar or a Morgan?

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On the front of a Trade Dollar it has Lady Liberty seated facing the left and on the back below the eagle TRADE DOLLAR. A Morgan Dollar has the head of Lady Liberty on the front.

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A "Carson City Morgan Dollar" is simply a Morgan dollar produced at the Carson City, Nevada, mint. Such a coin can be identified by the mintmark "CC" on the reverse of the coin, beneath the tail feathers of the eagle.


A person can tell whether or not they have a Morgan silver dollar by looking at the dates, which should be between 1878 and 1921. A person can also test the coin with a magnet to see if it is made from silver.


Could you tell us a bit more about this coin? I won't say for certain that no coins designed by Morgan were made in 1929, but the dollar coin that is named for him was not minted after 1921.


A Morgan dollar would be dated 1878-1904 or dated 1921. If you've got a silver dollar dated 1878-1904 that does not say "Trade Dollar" on the reverse, you for sure have a Morgan dollar. In practice though trade dollars are infrequently found that date from the era of the Morgan Dollar. The only other possible overlap you have is 1921. The 1921 Morgan dollar is quite common and generally sells for bullion value even in the lowest grade. On the other hand the 1921 Peace Dollar is scarce and commands a large premium over melt value, even in lower grades. The easiest way to tell if you've got a 1921 Morgan vs. a 1921 Peace dollar is to look at the reverse of the coin. If the eagle has its wings outstretched, you've got a Morgan dollar. If the eagle is perched on a rock, you've got a Peace Dollar.


There are a couple easy ways. Firstly, the Trade dollar features a seated woman, while the Morgan dollar is only a face. Another way is to check the date. Trades were minted 1873-85, while Morgans were 1878-1904, and again in 1921. So, anything before 1878 is Trade, and anything after 1885 is Morgan.


How do i tell what type of Morgan Dollar i have. its 1881 and i don'y understand this whole cc thing and can't find any markings on the coin. can someone help me identify the value of my coin?"CC" is on of the possible mint marks on a Morgan dollar. A mint mark indicates where a coin was made; for example, P (or none) means Philadelphia, S = San Francisco, etc. CC indicates Carson City, a mint that operated from 1870 to 1893.Mint marks can be in many different places depending on the coin. For a Morgan dollar the location is always the same - above the DO in DOLLAR, on the back.


All replica coins sold in the USA are required to be marked with the word "COPY" in a conspicuous location on the coin. If a replica does not have the word "COPY", then it is a counterfeit.


To determine where a coin was minted it is necessary to locate the mint mark. This mark is a small letter or letters located somewhere on the coin. For the Morgan Dollar, this mark is located on the reverse [tails] side of the coin just above the letters "DO" in the word "DOLLAR". For the Carson City mint the mark is a "CC". {quotes are mine}


The words Trade Dollar are on the reverse of the coins.


Only one kind of Morgan dollar exist. Please rephrase question.


Morgan dollars were struck from 1878 to 1904, and again in 1921. The name Morgan refers to George T. Morgan, the artist who designed the coin. Morgan's design shows a picture of Miss Liberty's head on the front of the coin, and an eagle with outstretched wings on the back. The value of a Morgan dollar depends very much on when and where it was minted. The mint mark position is on the back of the coin, above the DO in DOLLAR. Possible letters are: Blank = Philadelphia D = Denver, 1921 only S = San Francisco O = New Orleans CC = Carson City (1870-1893)


Other than the word "copy" on the coin, there is not just one thing to look for. You can weigh the coin it should 27.22 grams and compare it to another Trade dollar or pictures on the web. But because the entire series is known to have been counterfeited it's best to have a coin dealer or collector look at the coin.


Without examining the coin it is impossible to tell if it is genuine or not. But there are legitimate 1921-S (Morgan) dollar coins struck. If you have a Morgan dollar that has the same weight, dimensions and design as known legitimate coins (and the coin doesn't say COPY or REPLICA or anything like that on it), it is most likely genuine. 1921 is an incredibly common date for Morgan Dollars and most counterfeiters won't bother making deceptive counterfeits of it.


If the coin shows minimal amounts of ware and tear it is most likely uncirculated. If the coin has some scratches, rub marks, or other pings it is probably circulated.


The 1878 silver dollar is the Morgan Dollar. Uncirculated coins will have no wear on the at all. They may have scratches, nicks and scuffs but they will have no wear at all. Sometimes it is necessary to look at the coin through a magnifying lens to detect the slightest wear.


It's a 1986 Statue of Liberty Centennial Dollar and is considered a commemorative coin


The best thing to do is take it to a coin dealer.


Two kinds of silver dollars were made in 1921, a Morgan dollar & Peace dollar. The easy way to tell the difference is on the back of the Peace dollar is the word peace under the eagle so ask a new question when you know what one you have.


There are several different silver dollars depicting Liberty including the: Morgan dollar, Peace dollar, bust dollar, and Seated Liberty dollar, not including the numerous commemorative issues. Provide a year and the designer is easy to find, but without a year it is impossible to tell you who designed your specific coin.


There are 2 One Dollar silver coins dated 1921 a Morgan Dollar that is very common and a Peace Dollar that is not so common. We need to know which on you have. A good way to tell the two apart is one the back of the Peace Dollar under the eagle is the word Peace.


If you have a Liberty Seated Dime, the "CC" mint mark will be on the reverse [tails] side of the coin at the bottom and can be either inside the wreath or just below it. If you have a Liberty Seated Quarter the "CC" mint mark will be on the reverse [tails] side of the coin at the bottom below the eagle. If you have a Liberty Seated Half Dollar the "CC" mint mark will be on the reverse [tails] side of the coin at the bottom below the eagle. If you have a Lbert Seated Silver Dollar the "CC" mint mark will be on the reverse [tails] side of the coin at the bottom below the eagle. If you have a Silver Trade Dollar the "CC" mint mark will be on the reverse [tails] side of the coin a the bottom just above the "D" in "DOLLAR" If you have a Morgan Silver Dollar the "CC" mint mark will be on the reverse [tails] side of the coin at the bottom below the wreath.


On a Morgan dollar, the mintmark should be located right below the center of the wreath, the minkmark is very small. if there is no mintmark, then it was minted in Philadelphia


By the denomination on the reverse of the coin, and the size.


Simple, no Morgan dollars (1878-1904 & 1921) were ever struck in gold.


Check the weight. A genuine Morgan dollar should weigh 26.73 grams; possibly slightly less if it's heavily worn.



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