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 Ì´ÌÔ and up to ten times scarcer than some 1880s issues. Our Brilliant Uncirculated issues boast the same beautiful luster as the day they emerged from the principal mint in the year of the Spanish-American War, when the nation began to take its place on the world stage. Some bag marks are present, as is normal.