Shop for 1880-1884 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 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 now surviving for individual issues.
-- Early Morgan dollars had incredible purchasing power. One could buy a boat ticket from New York to Boston, a solid oak dining chair, or thick steak dinners for two. Cowboys and railroad workers were paid a silver dollar for each day's toil.