1897 Philadelphia Morgan Silver Dollar Certified MS-64. Only a small fraction of premium specimens exist compared to average mint-state silver dollars for a particular date; for this issue it's estimated that about 10% survive in this impressive super lustrous MS-64 quality. These gorgeous issues are the cream of Brilliant Uncirculated U.S. silver dollars.
1898 Philadelphia Morgan Silver Dollar Certified MS-64. Most of the key rarities in the Morgan silver dollar series are from the 1890s. The reason is that Morgan mintages plummeted after the repeal of the Silver Purchase Act in 1893. Even when mintages began to rise again in the late 1890s, they remained relatively low compared to earlier decades. In BU quality, the 1898 Philadelphia Mint Morgan is twice as scarce as the 1896 and up to ten times scarcer than some other 1880s issues, while only about 10% of surviving mint-state specimens are estimated to be in the super-lustrous MS-64 quality that we offer.
MS-64 coins were generally struck with fresh dies, so they have superior luster and crispness compared to average Brilliant Uncirculated coins. To qualify for this high level of grading, a coin must have outstanding luster on both obverse and reverse sides, and the coin's surfaces are impressively unblemished. Each silver dollar is encased in a protective transparent slab, with consensus grading certification by the Professional Coin Grading Service or Numismatic Guaranty Corporation. These certifications are readily accepted throughout the country as assurance of a coin's high grade. Our ANA-trained grading staff double-checks every certified coin we offer to see that our uncompromising standards are met.