Shop for 1885-1889 Morgan Silver Dollars:
-- Morgan silver dollar mintages steadily rose in the 1880s, when silver was still pouring out of the great Western mines such as Comstock and Tombstone.
-- Many Morgans were held in reserve at banks and issuing mints. And vast quantities were later lost in government melts. So original mintages can be very deceiving in relation to the actual number of Morgans now surviving for individual issues.
-- Early Morgan dollars had incredible purchasing power. One Morgan silver dollar could buy a boat ticket from New York to Boston, a solid oak dining chair, or thick steak dinners for two. Workers on the transcontinental railroad were paid a silver dollar for each day's toil; so were cowpokes on cattle drives in the Wild West.