The Morgan silver dollar, so-called as it was a silver coin designed by George T. Morgan during his tenure as United States Mint Assistant Engraver, was yearly produced in that country in the period of 1878 to 1904, before a one-off year of revival in 1921. It is apt that the Morgan dollar is named after this designer, as his designs for this coin have indeed made a positive impression that has long outlasted the tenure of production. Those designs are of the goddess Liberty on the front and a flying bald eagle on the reverse side.
In the 1870s, when Morgan was making the design for Liberty, it was common for her to be portrayed in a Greek style. However, Morgan decided to instead show her as an American woman. He even used a real American woman as his model...
That woman was Anna Willess Williams, a teacher from Philadelphia who, though reluctant to do so, attended several modeling sessions with the designer. It was originally intended that her identity remain secret; however, shortly after the dollar's public debut, this identity was revealed.
The bald eagle is, like Liberty, strongly symbolic of the United States. It was adopted as a national image very early in the country's history. In 1782, a year before Great Britain recognized the United States as a sovereign country, the Continental Congress approved the appearance of the eagle, holding an olive branch and arrows, on the design of the Great Seal of the United States.
The eagle on the silver Morgan dollar has its wings open as if it is in flight. If you deem the depiction realistic, there could be one especially good reason: as Morgan prepared to produce the design, he obtained studies of the actual bald eagle in an organic environment.
You can, as availability allows, purchase a Morgan silver dollar by ordering it through this page. However, once it is with you, you might notice that the coin features the isolated letter "O". This is a mint mark indicating that the piece was made at the New Orleans Mint.
It was in 1879 that the New Orleans Mint joined in with production of the silver Morgan dollar, which had started in Philadelphia, San Francisco and Carson City the year before. All four mints were producing the coin in 1884, when this version of the piece was made.
The coin will also arrive in a condition that, here, we cite as "NGC MS63". This indicates that, using the Sheldon Coin Grading Scale, the coin certifying organization the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation has deemed the piece's condition to be "Mint State 63" standard.
Therefore, the coin's condition may show slight impairment, a scattering of a few heavy marks, and minor hairlines that can be seen without magnification. You might spot some other small imperfections, too. However, the coin will still have a rather attractive appearance on the whole.
Many enthusiasts are likely to concur that the coin has significant appeal. The former in particular will likely delight that each coin includes silver weighing 0.77344 Troy ounces and comprising 90% of the metal content that is otherwise copper.
Features of the 1884-O $1 Morgan Silver Dollar - NGC MS63: