US Silver Coins of The 1800s

Of all the coins that were minted in the United States during the 1800s, the Morgan Silver Dollar is by far the most sought after. Anyone who has received one of these as a hand me down from an older relative stands to cash in on a significant pay day.
Some people go so far as to refer to the Morgan Silver Dollar as the king of all United States issued silver coins. After this many years, the pure beauty of this silver coin remains breathtaking. If one were to attempt to buy a certain date/mint Morgan Silver Dollar that is found to be in mint condition, they could expect to pay no less than $2,000.

Morgan Silver Dollar
Morgan Silver Dollar

Another silver coin that was minted during the 1800’s is the Liberty Seated Dime. Although this coin isn’t nearly as common as Morgan Silver Dollars, it is still a fixture among silver coin collectors.
U.S. silver coins went through many extreme appearance makeovers during the 1800’s. Some of the changes included adding stars, arrows, adding words, and enhancing the wreath that appears on the back of the coin.
Note: At the time of this writing you can purchase a decent quality seated dime for roughly $15.
Seated Liberty Dime
Seated Liberty Dime

During the early 1800’s the bust half dollar was going through the same types of appearance changes that the Liberty Seated Dime had to go through.
Before production of the bust half dollars was halted, the appearance endured a complete overhaul. In 1839, the last bust half dollar was minted. The silver coin that they had worked so hard to beautify had been removed from production. Being a highly sought after coin, one can expect to pay roughly $100 for a jewel like this.
Though it was only minted in small quantities, the Gobrecht Dollar has a long history behind it. It was named after United States mint engraver Christian Gobrecht. It happens that he is also the one who designed this beautiful coin. Only about 1600 of these were minted, making this one of the most difficult coins to get a hold of. If you are serious about buying a silver coin like this, you can expect to pay several thousands of dollars for it.
1892 Barber Dime

One thing that all of these coins have in common is their rarity. These aren’t coins that can be found just anywhere. Anyone wanting to get their hands on these coins can expect to have to search long hours and pay a hefty price to amass a sizable collection.
For some enthusiasts, the price tag is nothing but an object. Anyone with the means and determination can obtain specimens of each of these coins. Adding a few of these 19th century U.S. silver coins is sure to impress other collectors that come to look at your coins.
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  1. I have about ten of these 1800 Morgan Silver Dollars and in mint condition do you know a good contact number that can maybe help me out if I were trying to see how much they are all worth?

    • I cant really recommend any certain company or site to seek to sell your coins. Maybe some others will have suggestions. I would advise you to do some searching to see what the coins are “retailing” for so you can have a good idea if any prices offered to you are fair or not. Just keep in mind that wherever you may be selling them they will be looking at making a profit on their subsequent resale so naturally they cannot pay full market price.

    • Well, I would say that either the coin is an 1897 with a messed up 8 or it is a reproduction. No US coins of any kind were minted in 1397 🙂

  2. I have 19 Morgan silver dollar. Are you saying that each is worth at least $2,000? Where can I go to sell them?

    • Never said that they were all worth at least $2000. Here is what I said word for word… “certain date/mint Morgan Silver Dollar that is found to be in mint condition, they could expect to pay no less than $2,000.”

  3. I have a 1858 Seated Liberty Half Dol. with an axe very lightly printed on the right of Lady Liberty between her and the stars. Is this a mint error with some value or do you think it is something done after print? It is very straight and defined lines so if it is something that was done after print it was done professionally.

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