US Morgan Silver Dollar Design
The US Morgan silver dollar design features Lady Liberty modeled after an actual American woman named Anna Willess Williams. George T. Morgan declared that she had the most perfect profile he had ever seen and sat with her five times to draw the perfect representation of her profile.
Under Liberty is the year of minting and surrounding her along the bottom of the field are 13 stars. The motto E Pluribus Unum (out of many, one) is along the top of the field.
The reverse of the US Morgan silver dollar features an eagle with wings spread, clutching arrows in one claw and an olive branch in the other. The arrows represent the power of war while the olive branch represents the power of peace. The eagle is surrounded by a wreath.
The motto “In God We Trust” as well as the words United States of America and One Dollar round out the reverse design.
US Morgan Silver Dollar Minting
The minting of the US Morgan silver dollar occurred between 1878 to 1904 and again briefly in 1921. After the passage of the Coinage Act of 1873, the US Treasury was required to purchase between $2.5-4 million in silver each month and turn that into coin.
This replaced the requirement of the US Mint to accept raw silver and return it in coin form without charge.
The coin was minted in Philadelphia (no mint mark), Carson City (CC), San Francisco (S), New Orleans (O), and Denver (D).