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

by Deb

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.

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Aug 21, 2012
dividing coins

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
by: Anonymous

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

Apr 06, 2016
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

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.

Apr 29, 2017
by: Anonymous

I have a 1889 morgan silver dollar with a bar and a eagle on the back on ton top of the Eagle with a hole that looks like a pin

Apr 10, 2018
Mint mark NEW
by: Anonymous

Mint mark 'O' on 1884 morgan dollar filled in solid. Should I be excited?

Jul 16, 2018
buyer NEW
by: Anonymous

could anyone tell me 1921 and 1880 morgan dollar with mint mark E worths to buy? thanks

Aug 10, 2018
by: LEE

I just want to no what it is worth excellent condition.

Thank you Lee

Mar 08, 2019
Morgan coin
by: Anonymous

I have a 1896 Morgan sliver dollar with no mint mark. Why can’t I find one

Sep 15, 2019
1889 no mint mark on coin.
by: Ms.Scheid

I have a 1889 Morgan dollar with no mint on it and a 1921 & a 1922 with no mint on thim. How do I know how much they R worth and where to take them to get them aprased?

Jan 20, 2020
1895 Morgan without mint mark NEW
by: Anonymous

I inherited a 1895 Morgan from my dad. There seems to be no mint Mark. The coin is in good shape, especially the back side. My dad inherited it from my grandfather. Someone brought it in to his jewelry store. What is the value for one without a mint Mark?

Jul 27, 2020
$18 - 23 NEW
by: Anonymous

They are worth 18 to 23 dollars

Sep 21, 2020
I have Morgan silver dollar 1921 mint D what you think is worth?
by: George Anonymous

I have Morgan silver dollar 1921 mint D what you think is worth?

Sep 30, 2020
I own a 1895 no mint mark Morgan silver dollar NEW
by: Anonymous

I own a 1895 no mint mark Morgan silver dollar. How much is it worth in good condition?

Jan 07, 2021
No mint mark means minted in Philadelphia NEW
by: Ktwngrl72

It is true that the majority of coins with no mint mark was minted in Philadelphia but it was not the only U.S mint that produced unmarked coins. West Point mint began producing coinage- striking the Lincoln Memorial Pennies from 1974 to 1986 without a mint mark(no W). West Point also struck Washington Quarters from 1977 to 1979, again without the W mint mark.

Mar 08, 2021
RARE 1896 Morgan silver dollar with no mint mark??? NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi there. I found a 1896 Morgan silver dollar the other day while going through some things. Upon looking at it very well with a good magnifier I could never locate a mint mark. I had a second person look at it as well just to make sure I wasn't losing my mind. After reading this article I now understand that mint marks weren't necessarily a need at certain points in time. Like with the Philadelphia mint.That being said I have only two question. How many mints stamped Morgan Silver Dollars in 1896? I know I have seen the O mark and the S mark on some examples. So did Philly stamp 1896 Morgan's tht year with no mint mark? Just wondering if this is a rarity? Any information would be greatly appreciated.

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