Produced in the twilight of the venerable New Orleans Branch Mint, this issue heralded the new century at a time when some American workers still earned only a dollar a day. Just one could pay for a day's room and board in major cities. Today it's several times scarcer than some early Morgan dollar issues that cost the same in our nicely detailed Very Fine quality. Weighing scarcity against price, it's an excellent comparative buy. The O mintmark appears below the eagle and wreath.