Shop for 1878-1879 Morgan Silver Dollars:
-- George T. Morgan's first silver dollar prototype displayed seven tailfeathers on the eagle, but the Mint Director suggested a fuller look and Morgan obliged with an added feather. Thus the first Morgan released exclusively by the Philadelphia Mint in 1878, showed EIGHT tailfeathers.
-- Morgan's new U.S. silver dollar was generally greeted by praise but an ornithologist protested that bald eagles have an odd number of feathers and that eight would be inaccurate. The presses were stopped creating the Type I "8 tailfeather" Morgan dollar that prove to be one of the lowest mintages in the entire series.
-- Morgan now prepared dies with SEVEN tailfeathers, corresponding to his original conception. Every later Morgan eagle also displayed seven tailfeathers. But the first "7 tailfeather" Morgan issue was actually a short-lived type, because its "flat breast" eagle was soon changed to a "convex breast" eagle, which became the standard in the series.
Morgan silver dollars are 90% silver and contain .77344 ounces of pure silver. Each is 38mm (1 1/2 inches) in diameter.