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No mint mark on morgan dollars. Where do I look next?

by Deb
(Utah)

Morgan Silver Dollar mintmark location

Morgan Silver Dollar mintmark location

Question: I have several morgan dollars ranging from 1900 to 1922. I have looked for the mint mark, under the eagle and above the "D", but cannot see a mint mark there. Where do I look now?


My Answer: If you don't see a mint mark on a Morgan Silver Dollar, it just means that it was minted at the United States Mint in Philadelphia.

Since the Philadelphia Mint was the first mint established in the United States, and the only one for a long time, no mint marks were necessary
since everyone knew that all United States coins were coming from the Philadelphia Mint.

Later, when other mints were established, they each used a different mint mark to distinguish which mint made each coin. Coins from Philadelphia, however, still did not bear mint marks. The first 'P' mint mark did not appear on United States coins until 1942.

To read more about mint marks on United States coins, and to learn when a 'P' mint mark was actually used on coins from the Philadelphia Mint, go to The Historical Use of Mint Marks and scroll down the page a little ways.

I should also mention that this not only applies to Morgan Silver Dollars, but to all United States coins. If there is not a mint mark on the coin, you can assume that it was minted at the Philadelphia Mint.

Keep in mind, however, that there were a few years when mint marks were not used on any United States coins.

In an attempt to keep collectors from knowing which coins were made at the branch mints in smaller numbers (limited strikes), the Coinage Act of 1965 approved the dropping of mint marks from all coins.

It was believed this would put a stop to coin shortages caused by collectors hoarding limited strikes, so United States coins dated 1965 through 1967 do not have mint marks and it is impossible to tell which mint they came from.

If you have any further questions about mint marks on United States coins, click the link below and add it to the comments section of the page and I will try my best to answer quickly.

Comments for No mint mark on morgan dollars. Where do I look next?

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Aug 21, 2012
dividing coins
by: LIL BRITCHES

My brothers and I have split up some silver coins our parents left us. How do I divide these and be fair?
There are five of us and I have the following:
2 1923 morgan no mint mark
1 1924 same
1 1934 same
1 very poor shape morgan/cannot see date
1 1943 half dollar
1 1942 dime with a hole drilled in it
1 1776-1976 kennedy half dollar looks like a D above the 1

May 26, 2013
Split coin between 5
by: Anonymous

If they are not graded scrap and divide by 5 simple problem solved

Apr 19, 2015
1921 morgan silver dollar
by: Steve

I have a 1921 morgan silver dollar without a mint mark. can you tell me what is it worth?

Apr 19, 2015
1921 morgan silver dollar
by: Steve

I have a 1921 morgan silver dollar without a mint mark. can you tell me what is it worth?

Jul 19, 2015
morgan siver dollor
by: ronnie

I have a siver dollor 1989 no mink marks in real good shape how much is vaule. I was offer 20.00 dollors is that good.

Nov 03, 2015
Help
by: Anonymous

Have a 1894 Morgan o but the o is gone almost ghost like on th coin nothing raised

Apr 06, 2016
one
by: Anonymous

1881 silver doller no mint stamp is it worth anything

Nov 16, 2016
You Al Can Check the Value of Your Coins Here... NEW
by: Anonymous

http://www.usacoinbook.com/coins/dollars/morgan/

The link above will open to a page where all coins can be accessed in left hand column. It's a great site, and it's free.

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