Struck only by the principal Philadelphia Mint (with no mintmark), this historic first Morgan dollar had an abbreviated mintage of just 750,000. The Mint Director stopped production after an ornithologist protested that eagles always have an odd number of feathers. So the eight tailfeathers on George T. Morgan's original dies quickly became obsolete. Later Morgan dollars were struck with seven-tailfeather eagles. Our Very Fine quality clearly displays detailing.
First Seven-Tailfeather 1878 Morgan Silver Dollar -- This first-year 1878 seven-tailfeather Philadelphia Mint issue replaced the original eight-tailfeather Morgan dollar after minting was abruptly ceased due to complaints about the number of feathers on the eagles' tail. But this first seven-tailfeather type was actually short-lived because its flat-breast eagle was quickly changed to an 1878 convex-breast eagle, which became the standard in the series. Our nicely detailed Very Fine quality was a day's pay for many American workers.