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Why are 1898 silver dollars woth more than 1897 silver dollars?


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In circulated condition, the two coins are similar in value for the same mint mark. In uncirculated condition, the values begin to vary because as the coins grade higher there are fewer coins in the same grade. Fewer coins in higher grades means higher prices. Since there are not the same number of high grade coins in each year of mintage, there becomes a difference in the values from one year to the next.