Silver Dollar Values: Morgan Silver Dollars And Peace Silver Dollars

peace-silver-dollar-obverse-2.jpg Silver dollars are perhaps one of America’s most popular coins.

They often turn up in estates, are passed down from parents and grandparents.

They are usually advertised in magazines and on TV.

But what are silver dollars worth?

Silver dollars are very collectible and within reach of most coin collectors.

 

True Silver Dollars

You should know that most silver dollars are actually very common.

You won’t find true silver dollars (those made before 1936) at your bank anymore.

True silver dollars survive in large quantities and usually are in great condition.

It may surprise you to know that millions of silver dollars still exist, though many have been melted down over the decades.

 

Morgan And Peace Silver Dollars

The first silver dollars were struck in 1794. But there is a good chance the silver dollar you have and are curious about is dated from about 1878 through 1935. These silver dollars are called Morgan silver dollars (also Liberty Head silver dollars) and Peace silver dollars.

These 2 silver dollar types are the ones I will discuss here.

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Morgan Silver Dollars

Morgan silver dollars have been popularly dubbed in honor of the coin’s designer, George T. Morgan.

The Morgan silver dollar is the kind of silver dollar you typically see advertised on TV and in magazines.

They are the ones that are often associated with romantic depictions of the Wild West and frontier life. In fact, silver dollars were well circulated in the West during the late 19th century.

 

Morgan Silver Dollar Values

Most Morgan silver dollars are common, especially in lower grades. These common Morgan silver dollars are usually worth between $25 to $50 in typical circulated grades.

However, there are certain dates of Morgan silver dollars that you will want to look for:

“CC” is the mintmark for Carson City, Nevada.

  • 1878-CC $100 to $390 in Good-4 thorough Mint State-63
  • 1879-CC $175 to $6,500 in Good-4 through Mint State-63
  • 1880-CC $175 to $600 in Good-4 through Mint State-63
  • 1881-CC $400 to $600 in Good-4 through Mint State-63
  • 1882-CC $100 to $235 in Good-4 through Mint State-63
  • 1883-CC $100 to $230 in Good-4 through Mint State-63
  • 1884-CC $145 to $230 in Good-4 through Mint State-63
  • 1885-CC $600 to $755 in Good-4 through Mint State-63
  • 1889-CC $475 to $43,500 in Good-4 through Mint State-63
  • 1891-CC $95 to $765 in Good-4 through Mint State-63
  • 1892-CC $220 to $1,975 in Good-4 through Mint State-63
  • 1893-$210 to $1,300 in Good-4 through Mint State-63
  • 1893-CC $250 to $5,850 in Good-4 through Mint State-63
  • 1893-S $2,900 to $210,000 in Good 4 through Mint State-63
  • 1894-$800 to $6,500 in Good-4 through Mint State-63
  • 1895-O $275 to $57,500 in Good-4 through Mint State 63
  • 1895-S $425 to $6,750 in Good-4 through Mint State-63
  • 1899 $165 to $350 in Good-4 through Mint State-63
  • 1901 Doubled Die Obverse $200 to $4,400 in Good-4 through About Uncirculated-55
  • 1903-O $400 to $490 in Good-4 through Mint State 63
  • 1903-S $90 to $6,250 in Good-4 through Mint State-63
  • 1903-S “Micro S” $200 to $17,500 in Good-4 through About Uncirculated 55

 

Peace Silver Dollars

Designed by Anthony de Francisci, the Peace silver dollar is a great example of the nation’s post-World War I idealism of freedom, hope, and prosperity. The “Roaring 20s” were indeed good times for the nation (until the Crash of ’29 and the Great Depression era which soon followed).

The Peace silver dollar was first coined in 1921 and last saw production in 1935.

Peace silver dollars generally are quite common. This is especially the case for Peace silver dollars minted during the mid-1920s, which usually seem to be the dates that pop up in many advertisements for Peace silver dollars.

 

Peace Silver Dollar Values

The 1921 Peace silver dollar (the first year of the Peace silver dollar series) was struck in a “high-relief” format. This means that the design is a little thicker — or higher up off the surface of the coin — than other years.

1921 is also an inexpensive date for Peace silver dollars. The lowest price you can expect to pay for a 1921 Peace silver dollar is $110 to $585 in Good-4 through Mint State-63 grades.

Most of the common Peace silver dollars can be had for between $20 to $50 in grades of Good all the way up to Mint State-60. However, there are a few dates which cost quite a bit more even in the lowest grades.

Here is a rundown of Peace silver dollar values:

  • 1924-S $24 to $600 in Good-4 through Mint State-63
  • 1928 $435 to $1,025 in Good-4 through Mint State-63
  • 1934-S $32 to $3,800 in Good-4 through Mint State-63

 

More Information On Silver Dollars

If you are interested in learning more about the prices and values of your silver dollars online, check out the articles about silver coins and articles about dollar coins found here at the Fun Times Guide to Coins, as well as these great resources:

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  • Anonymous

    i have 1923 peace dollar. what is it worth??

    • Anonymous

      Red Fish,

      A typical 1923 Peace dollar in circulated grades is currently worth about $13-15.

  • PJMacker

    I have some 1885 Morgan Silver Dollars circulation grade. What is it worth?

    • Anonymous

      PJ,

      Given current silver values, each of your 1885 Morgan dollars is worth $15 to $20 in typical circulated grades.

  • Vanessa

    I have a 1922, 1922 s, 1925, 1926 s silver peace dollars with errors

    • Anonymous

      Hi, Vanessa —

      Are you curious how much your coins may be worth? I’ll be happy to provide insight if I can, but I need to know more about the types of errors you say your Peace dollars have.

      Thanks for commenting!

  • David

    I would be curious to find out how to tell which silver peace dollar I have. And where I would find a mint mark. I believe I have a 1926 silver peace dollar that someone put in a machine at my work, which I then bought.

    • Anonymous

      Lucky find, David! You can find the mintmark (if any) on your Peace dollar under the word ‘ONE’ as in ‘ONE DOLLAR’ on the reverse of your coin (the side with the eagle).

      A 1926 Peace dollar is worth at least $18 to $20 right now.

  • Evan49ersfan

    i have 1889,1900,and a 1921 Morgan Silver Dollars. what is it worth??

    • Anonymous

      Presently, Evan, each of those Morgan dollars is worth around $18 to $20, so around $60 for the three.

  • Greatgramma

    I have a 1903 silver liberty head morgan dollar with no apparent mint mark. What is it worth, and where is the mint mark?

    • Anonymous

      Hi, Greatgramma —

      A 1903 Morgan dollar with no mintmark is worth around $30 to $40 in typical condition.

  • Washington_koebel08

    I have a 1922 and a 1926 How much do they usually go for?

    • Anonymous

      1922 and 1926 silver dollars are each going for around $20 right now.

  • Laura Rhodes

    I have a peace dollar that was sold to me in the 1980’s. I never looked at it. They came each in a plastic container in a velvet lined box where the container was in it’s own “hole”. I have a certificate of authenticity that these are uncirculated. I got them out the other day and popped them out of the velvet box. On the back side of this peace dollar, it looks like something was melted into the back of the coin…..like tape or something. I can’t really tell what it is. Is this an error from the mint?

    • Anonymous

      Hi, Laura —

      While I’d need to see it to offer a better opinion, my guess is that it may be some type of adhesive added later, perhaps to hold the coin in a display case.

      If you’d like, you can post a photo of your coin at The Fun Times Guide to Coins Facebook wall so I can see exactly what you’re describing. Here’s the link: http://www.facebook.com/#!/TheFunTimesGuideToCoins

    • Anonymous

      Hi, Laura —

      While I’d need to see it to offer a better opinion, my guess is that it may be some type of adhesive added later, perhaps to hold the coin in a display case.

      If you’d like, you can post a photo of your coin at The Fun Times Guide to Coins Facebook wall so I can see exactly what you’re describing. Here’s the link: http://www.facebook.com/#!/TheFunTimesGuideToCoins

  • Laura Rhodes

    I have a peace dollar that was sold to me in the 1980’s. I never looked at it. They came each in a plastic container in a velvet lined box where the container was in it’s own “hole”. I have a certificate of authenticity that these are uncirculated. I got them out the other day and popped them out of the velvet box. On the back side of this peace dollar, it looks like something was melted into the back of the coin…..like tape or something. I can’t really tell what it is. Is this an error from the mint?

  • jb

    i have a 1879 morgan dollar how much is that worth

    • Anonymous

      Jb,

      An 1879 Morgan dollar is currently worth about $30 to $40. 

  • Kane

    a dollar. silver dollars made after about 1935 dont contain any silver

  • Jessie

    I have a 1924 s silver peace dollar. What is it worth?

    • Anonymous

      Hi, Jessie –

      In typical, worn grades, it’s worth around $30 to $35.

  • Marla

    I just watched the Video regarding the Peace Dollar…I got a little confused on the Low and High relief statements.  I have a 1935 D that has four rays under the “One”… is that a high relief coin?  I’m confused because I thought Mark stated that these were done in 1922… not later?  Did I miss something?

  • Adam

    I have an 1885 Morgan silver dollar. How much is that worth?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Around $35 in worn condition.

  • Hillbillyredskin

    I have a Morgan 1884 silver dollar does anyone know the value of it?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Your 1884 Morgan dollar is worth around $35.

  • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

    Hi, Missy –

    Many of the Morgan dollars from 1878 through 1889 are scarce, so we’ll need to know the actual dates of the ones you have, please.

    As for proof sets, we’ll also need to know dates/years to further advise on some rough price estimates.

    Thanks!

  • Stephanie Pera

    I have one Morgan silver dollar from 1921 and a Peace silver dollar from 1922. My late father collected coins and these two were placed in coin holders that have deteriorated with age (staples are the only thing holding the coins within the frame with some sort of cellophane covering). They appear to have been circulated, but I have no idea how long they had been circulated before my father got them. I don’t really want to sell them, so is there a value I can have them insured for? Thanks!

  • sarah

    I have a 1885 coin could you please tell me what it would go for today? Thanks

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Sarah –

      Can you please describe your 1885 coin in greater detail so we could give a better idea as to value? What’s the coin’s face value? One cent?

      Thanks!

  • gruber72

    I have an 1879 that has “copy” on the back side…no mint mark. Is it worth anything? Is it even silver?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Gruber –

      It’s hard to say if the 1879 Morgan dollar “copy” you own has any silver in it or not without weighing it, but I doubt that it does since a silver replica of that size would have almost as much value as the real coin, so I have to wonder why somebody would sell a an altered coin when an actual version of that same coin could be bought for just a little bit more. It may be made of nickel or aluminum. Either way, such a piece may be worth a dollar or two to a collector of novelty coins.

  • josue

    i have an 1886 Morgan silver dollar how much is it worth and is it worth holding on to

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Josue –

      An 1886 Morgan dollar is a considered a common piece and is worth around $30 with current silver values.

  • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

    Hi, Linda –

    What you have are very scarce coins that, assuming they are authentic, are worth over $2,000 each. If these are coins you intend to sell, be sure to take them to a reputable coin dealer; here’s some more info on finding a good coin dealer: http://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/2009/12/coin_dealer.php

  • Joe

    If someone could help me out it would be great my friend and I found a peace 1922 silver dollar in a old trailer we were gutting it’s kinda weird… Both sides are heads and one side says copy and it says IN GOD WE VRUST yes i said Vrust… any idea what I have?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Joe –

      You have a replica of a Peace Dollar; such a piece would be worth about a dollar or two as a novelty coin.

  • bill barnhart

    I have a 1924 peace, 1921 morgan and 1884 morgan silver dollars in very good to fine condition. What are they worth?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Bill –

      Each is worth right around $28 to $30.

  • brandy

    hello… I have a 1882 Morgan Silver Dollar.. I looked ok the area where you would find a mint.. I do not see anything… Why would a coin be worth today…. I also have a 1894 with mint in great condition….and a 1923 Peace Silver Dollar with mint… Can you tell me how much they would be worth… Thank you…

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Brandy –

      An 1882 Morgan dollar is worth around $30. What are the mint marks of your 1894 and 1923 slver dollars?

  • Pablo Correa

    Hello,
    I have a 1928 peace dollar without a mint mark and in fine condition. How much is it worth and how do I go about selling it?

  • Tammy Spradley

    I have a cc coin. It is blank on one side and the other side has only the wings of an Eagle and has a dollar sign and a 1 on it. It doesn’t show any year on the coin!! Wondering if it is worth anything!!

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Tammy –

      I have a hunch you have either a novelty coin/token or an altered Morgan silver dollar, but I am not sure. Would you mind posting a pic of your coin here in the forums section, please? Thanks!

  • Loretta

    Hello, I am curious about three coins I have one is 1922s peace dollar with raised marks across one part. Another is 1921s Morgan dollar with one of the notches around the rim stands out more than the others and the s mark seems to be more of a blob but you can make out the s. I also have a 1979 penny with a normal front but the back is plain no markings.

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Loretta –

      Do you think it would be at all possible for us to see any photos of your silver dollars? They may have imperfections caused by the Mint, but it is unfortunately hard to say for certain without seeing them.

      As for the 1979 Lincoln cent, it sounds like it was altered for use as an illusionist’s coin or perhaps a gag novelty item.

      • Loretta

        yes of course

        • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

          Hi, Loretta –

          Having looked at the great photos you posted (thank you!) it appears that, in the case of the 1921-S Morgan dollar, the denticle is more pronounced because of either a very slight die variation. This is common and probably would not help fetch any extra value on top of its usual value (which would be largely based on the prevailing silver price). The “S” mintmark appears normal for its date, though probably has a little extra “blobby” look due to the amount of wear on the coin.

          I’m looking for the raised marks across the 1922-S Peace dollar. Maybe I can’t really see them because of their size? Or, are they across Miss Liberty’s cheek and jar bone? It’s hard to say for certain, but they could be the result of a die break, which could add a few dollars to the value of the coin, on top of its silver value.

          The reverse of the 1972-D Lincoln cent appears to have been cut away to accommodate a dime. In fact, this is a very common illusionist’s trick, and is supposed to allow them to “turn” the dime into a penny (or penny into a dime) with the flick of a wrist and a little sleight of hand.

          The 1951-S Lincoln cent appears to have sustained some very unfortunate trauma to its upper obverse rim, which decreases its monetary worth to about face value.

          I hope this response answered your questions, Loretta! If you have any more, please feel free to ask any time!

          • Loretta

            Awesome thank you so much! Im new to collecting and learning about coins but love it. I still think they are beautiful coins no matter if they are errors or not. I have a few more coins Id love to get your opinion on. Thank you again. I am sorry for the pictures being so big I scanned the coins and thats how they came out.

          • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

            Hi, Loretta!

            You’re quite welcome! Always glad to help. any questions you have (or coin photos) just send our way and we’ll do our best to help!

      • Loretta

        sorry here is the 1979

  • Richard Contreraz

    Hello:
    My name is Richard Contreraz and I have a 1891 liberty head Silver dollar in very fine condition.
    It doesn’t have a mint mark on front or back anywhere.
    And the Eagle has only seven tail feathers, and is holding three arrows in his left claw and an olive branch in his right. Is this a rare or at least semi-rare coin and what is it worth?
    You may reach me at my yah add richard.contreraz@yahoo.com..

    Thanks in advance.

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Richard –

      Your 1891 Morgan silver dollar is worth approximately $30.

  • Weylin Miller

    Hello! I inherited alot of silver dollars that have been in a security box for 80 years or more and I’d like to know how much they are worth. I have 1 1890 morgans, 3 1920 walking liberty (half dollars), 4 1921 morgans, 3 1922 peace, 2 1923 peace, 3 1924 peace, 3 1926 Peace, 4 1927 peace, and 4 1928 Peace. I know its alot but i’m just curious.

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hello, Weylin –

      Thank you for your question. Without knowing the conditions of each coin, it is hard to provide an exact value, but I can offer some conservative estimates with an assumption that your coins exhibit a typical amount of wear for their ages:

      1890 Morgan dollar: $28
      1921 Morgan dollars: $20 each
      1922 Peace dollars: $19 each
      1923 Peace dollars: $19 each
      1924 Peace dollars: $19 each
      1926 Peace dollars: $20 each
      1927 Peace dollars: $30 each
      1928 Peace dollars: $30 each (if San Francisco mintmark; $300 if Philadelphia)
      1920 Walking Liberty half dollars: $12 each

      • Weylin Miller

        Thank you! Ill take a picture next time i go to the bank to post on here!

  • minnie

    Hello I have a 1924 silver dollar and it is marked copy. Is it worth anything?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi Minnie,

      Your 1924 Peace dollar replica is worth around $1 to $2 in to collectors interested in such pieces.

  • Sami

    Hi I have a 1885 silver dollar that says copy on the back. Is it worth anything?

  • Jose Camacho

    Can some one please let me know how much my coins are worth and how much I am able to get for them. I have a 1921 peace silver dollar coin and a 1923 silver dollar coin both in good condition. You can contact me via email @ camacho1312@gmail.com thank you