Seven Tailfeather “Third Reverse” 1878 U.S. Morgan Silver Dollar:
The 1878 Tailfeather scarcities are the first and most famous Morgan varieties. We usually only offer the first three types, but have found a small selection of the soughtafter 4th and last type. The Morgan prototype displayed seven eagle tailfeathers, but the Mint Director suggested a fuller look and designer George T. Morgan added a feather. Thus the first Morgans of 1878 showed eight tailfeathers and became the first variety. Presses were halted due to concerns of ornithologists. Morgan now prepared dies with seven tailfeathers. But some remaining “8 Tailfeather” dies were overpunched and created a second variety, the “7 over 8” type. Two final “7 Tailfeather” varieties emerged in 1878. The “2nd Reverse,” shows the eagle with a “Flat Breast” and parallel feathers on the arrows he holds. The last variety, which we offer here, is the “3rd Reverse.” It features the “Rounded Breast” and slanted feathers on the top arrow. This engraving became the standard enduring design.
Unique Double-Mintmark “O over CC” 1900 U.S. Morgan Silver Dollar:
There’s probably no more fascinating variety in the Morgan dollar series than this unique double-mintmark scarcity. We very rarely are able to offer this issue as specimens are always tough to find in the marketplace. Today we have a small cache to offer to a limited number of collectors. The Carson City Mint in Nevada closed suddenly in 1893 after a scandalous theft by some of its employees. Seven years later the branch mint remained closed and mint officials decided to send a few of its unused “CC” reverse dies to the principal Philadelphia Mint. The plan was to remove the “CC” mintmarks and use them to strike a limited number of Morgans. However, it’s known that at least six of these dies were only partially effaced — and then ended up being punched with an “O” (New Orleans) mintmark over their still-visible “CC”! The double-mintmark can be challenging to see with the naked eye (a good magnifier is recommended). Our guaranteed Extra Fine specimens do show faint ghost marks of the “CC” on one or both sides of the “O.”