Silver Dollar Values: Upward Trends

There are a but a small handful of silver dollar values that consistently trend upward over time. We've researched historic pricing of key dates to bring you a list of blue chippers that have solidly advanced in the past, with every expectation to continue. Add these to your collection with confidence:



For now, we list just four bullish silver dollars worthy of a top recommendation, but there are more key dates with promise. You can bet these key dates are great acquisitions to get started with!

Eventually, rare silver dollars from the early United States, as well as a few elusive examples from the Seated Liberty Dollar series, will be spotlighted here as well.

If you’ve arrived at this page with the expectation of checking up on the current retail price of silver dollars other than these recommendations, please go to the Current Numismatic Value section. Also, we have in depth historic price trends of all Morgan Silver Dollars and Peace Dollars, common and not so common dates. Yet more information can be found in the US Coin Types section.

Bullish coins of differing face values are also available for study:



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Date:

Series: Morgan Dollars

Mint: Carson City
1878-CC Morgan Silver Dollar
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Estimated Coin Value in Year... Compounded Annual % Rate of Return Since...
1950 1980 1995 2009 2017 1950 1980 1995 2009
F-12 1.75 20.00 22.00 125 110 6.38 4.72 7.59 -1.59
VF-20 2.00 22.50 27.50 135 115 6.23 4.51 6.72 -1.98
XF-40 2.50 27.50 32.50 160 135 6.13 4.39 6.69 -2.10
AU-50 3.00 50.00 50.00 200 175 6.26 3.44 5.86 -1.66
MS-60 3.50 110 70.00 300 400 7.33 3.55 8.24 3.66
MS-63 --- 175 90.00 450 460 --- 2.65 7.70 0.28
DMPL63 --- --- 200 1250 1700 --- --- 10.22 3.92
MS-64 --- --- 200 650 550 --- --- 4.71 -2.07
DMPL64 --- --- 600 2500 3100 --- --- 7.75 2.73
MS-65 --- 225 850 2500 1750 --- 5.70 3.34 -4.36
65DMPL --- 300 2500 7500 9375 --- 9.75 6.19 2.83
MS-67 --- --- 8000 30000 25000 --- --- 5.32 -2.25

Comments:

Morgan silver dollars produced at the Carson City Mint have long been associated with the Old West tradition. Serious collectors and students of history revel in delight with the thought of owning coins of silver mined from Nevada's famous Comstock Lode.

The Morgan silver dollar originated in 1878 following the passage of the Bland-Allison Act. The new dollar was named after its designer, George T. Morgan. Political pressure by powerful silver mining companies, in a gambit to stabilize the price of their commodity at artificially high levels, created the impetus driving the legislative action.

Near the forefront of the Carson City parade is the first Morgan minted there, the 1878-CC. Of the 2.2 million produced, only a tiny fraction survive to this day, and most of them languished in US Treasury vaults for nearly a century before collectors finally recognized their desirability.

The years 2009-13 were not kind to the 1878-CC dollar, proving you must be willing to hold for the long term. From 2013 to 2017, we saw a stabilization in values across most grades. Collectors have every reason to expect to see new record highs again someday for this key date Morgan dollar.

The Year This Coin Was Minted...

The year 1878 was a time of rapid ongoing change in America. Increasingly, people moved from farm country to ever-growing cities, transforming the nation from a rural, agricultural society to an urban, industrialized economy. Furthermore, immigrants arrived on US shores by the millions.

Technological advancements, mass production factories, and jobs helped fuel the rapid expansion of manufacturing centers.  Railroads and improved communications connected once distant locations into one giant enterprising network. 1878 was the dawn of the Gilded Age, named so because of the many large industrial fortunes ruthlessly amassed during this era and the lifestyles supported by this ill-begotten prosperity.

Department store owner John Wanamaker of Philadelphia got a bright idea on how to leave his competition in the dark.  In 1878, he installed arc lights on his retail floor, extending business hours to late in the evening.  Also in 1878, the first telephone switchboard began operating in New Haven, CT, originally signing up 21 subscribers.

On the political front, the major event of 1878 was the passage of the Bland-Allison Act, a law that required the government to purchase vast quantities of silver, most of it unneeded. Internationally, Greece declared war on Turkey, while Emperor William I of Germany survived an assassination attempt.

Mark Twain and the Gilded Age
During the 1870's, writer and humorist Mark Twain penned "The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today", a fictional novel poking fun at crooked government officials and their cozy relationship with leading citizens of society. Twain's book so effectively typified the prevailing ethos of the time, that historians often refer to this period in America's past as "The Gilded Age". (The word "gild" is from Old English "gyldan", meaning to overlay with a thin layer of gold to give an attractive but often deceptive appearance.)
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Coin Photos courtesy of Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc., Beverly Hills, CA.
Image courtesy Library of Congress.

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Date:

Series: Morgan Dollars

Mint: Carson City
1891-CC Morgan Silver Dollar
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Estimated Coin Value in Year... Compounded Annual % Rate of Return Since...
1950 1980 1995 2009 2017 1950 1980 1995 2009
F-12 1.50 20.00 27.50 125 90 6.30 4.15 5.54 -4.02
VF-20 1.75 22.50 35.00 150 100 6.22 4.11 4.89 -4.94
XF-40 2.00 30.00 40.00 200 150 6.66 4.45 6.19 -3.53
AU-50 2.25 60.00 90.00 250 180 6.76 3.01 3.20 -4.02
MS-60 2.50 150 125 425 470 8.13 3.13 6.20 1.27
MS-63 --- 275 250 1100 800 --- 2.93 5.43 -3.90
DMPL63 --- --- 450 3500 2000 --- --- 7.02 -6.76
MS-64 --- --- 575 1750 1150 --- --- 3.20 -5.11
DMPL64 --- --- 2000 7500 4500 --- --- 4.25 -4.94
MS-65 --- 600 2250 6000 5000 --- 5.90 3.70 -2.25
65DMPL --- 750 8000 27500 35000 --- 10.95 6.94 3.06
MS-67 --- --- 11000 38500 45000 --- --- 6.61 1.97

Comments:

Value trends for The 1891-CC closely resemble those of its oldest sibling, the 1878-CC, and for similar reasons. Demonstrable gains over the long term, even for examples in heavily worn condition, attest to the popularity of the 1891-CC. Value increases over the last decade had been especially dramatic, so common sense told us to expect some cooling off we've seen in the last few years.  However, if held for the long term, ownership of the 1891-CC poses virtually no downside risk.

The Year This Coin Was Minted...

In 1891, the US economy was growing at a rapid pace. Enterprising (and sometimes unethical) business leaders were expanding industries and creating new jobs and wealth. Technological advancements in mining, petroleum, steel, railroads, and communications were reshaping American life.

Discontented farmers in Midwestern states formed the Populist Party in 1891, to counter what they perceived as unfavorable treatment from the Republicans and Democrats. A chief demand of the Populists was the restoration of the silver standard and bimetallism, a move they claimed would help them repay their debts.

By 1891, the era of the open range and long cattle drives had come to an end, replaced by ranches and barbed wire fences. The romantic vision of the "cowboy" was gone forever.

Also in 1891, "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes", written by Arthur Conan Doyle, was first published. In Japan, an earthquake killed 10,000 people.

Cowboy Roping Steer, by Charles M. Russell
"Cowboy Roping a Steer", by Charles M. Russell, captures the essence of the cowboy image. By the 1890s, much of American rural life was being replaced by growing cities and a new industrial age.
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Coin Photos courtesy of Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc., Beverly Hills, CA.
Public domain image.

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Date:

Series: Morgan Dollars

Mint: San Francisco
1893-S Morgan Silver Dollar
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Estimated Coin Value in Year... Compounded Annual % Rate of Return Since...
1950 1980 1995 2009 2017 1950 1980 1995 2009
F-12 30.00 675 1200 5500 4000 7.58 4.93 5.63 -3.90
VF-20 50.00 1000 1500 8000 5250 7.19 4.58 5.86 -5.13
XF-40 90.00 2500 3500 15000 8550 7.03 3.38 4.14 -6.79
AU-50 125 8000 12500 30000 20000 7.87 2.51 2.16 -4.94
MS-60 200 25000 25000 100 K 150 K 10.39 4.96 8.49 5.20
MS-63 --- --- 40000 130 K 213 K --- --- 7.90 6.38
DMPL63 --- --- --- 140 K 225 K --- --- --- 6.11
MS-64 --- --- 85000 250 K 340 K --- --- 6.50 3.92
DMPL64 --- --- --- 285 K 366 K --- --- --- 3.19
MS-65 --- 50000 200 K 375 K 634 K --- 7.10 5.38 6.77
65DMPL --- --- --- 575 K 650 K --- --- --- 1.54
MS-67 --- --- 275 K 1100 K 1150 K --- --- 6.72
0.56

Comments:

Morgan silver dollar collecting is one of the most popular segments of the coin hobby. Of all the Morgan dollars, the 1893-S has always been recognized as the key "stopper". With a production of only 100,000 business strikes, the 1893-S has the lowest mintage of the entire series. Consequently, silver dollar values for the 1893-S have risen consistently over time, and will continue to do so, especially if Morgans retain their lofty status within the collector community (a likely scenario). We've seen a significant cooling off in recent years, which was inevitable considering the rapid rise preceding it. Collectors should view the recent downturn as an opportunity to buy at bargain prices.

The data indicates demand is strong for the well-circulated grades, another indicator of steady collector interest. Be careful to purchase only certified 1893-S specimens. PCGS, NGC, ICG, and ANACS are held in the highest regard by collectors. Sadly, many alterations and fakes have been infiltrating the market for years.

The Year This Coin Was Minted...

The year 1893 brought a severe economic downturn to the United States. Many blamed the crises on the Sherman Silver Purchase Act of 1890.  That law mandated the federal government to purchase very large amounts of silver. The metal became so overproduced that by early 1893, the silver content of a silver dollar was worth only 60 cents.

Under the policy of bimetallism, gold and silver both secured the backing for US currency. As the value of silver continued to plummet, jittery silver owners rushed to exchange their silver for gold coins. Federal gold reserves shrank to under $100 million by March.

The drastic reduction in gold reserves touched off widespread panic. The public feared that if Treasury gold reserves fell too low, the US might not be capable of backing up paper dollars with gold, nor pay its bills. Amid this nervous climate, the American economy teetered on the edge of disaster.

Suddenly, on May 5, 1893, stock values on the NYSE plunged dramatically. Within a few days, businesses were ruined, factories closed their doors, banks failed, and millions lost their jobs. By the end of 1893, the US was mired in the depths of one of the worst depressions in its history.

Other 1893 events: Henry Ford built his first car, and the longest recorded boxing match occurred April 6-7, when Jack Burk fought Andy Bowen over 110 rounds, lasting 7 hours and 4 minutes. Also the World's Columbian Exposition was held in Chicago.

Chicago World Exposition 1893
28 million people, about one-third of the US population, visited the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893, celebrating the 400th anniversary of Columbus' discovery of America.  The fair's 65,000 exhibits featured the latest technology, new architecture styles, art and entertainment. Making their debut at the 1893 exhibition were Cracker Jacks, Pabst Beer, and Juicy Fruit gum. Of interest to coin collectors, the first US commemorative coins were sold here. The Columbian Exposition half dollar honoring the famous explorer was priced at $1.00.  The  the Queen Isabella quarter was also available at the fair.
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Coin Photos courtesy of Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc., Beverly Hills, CA.
Image courtesy Library of Congress.

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Date: 1928

Series: Peace Dollars

Mint: Philadelphia
1928 Peace Silver Dollar
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Estimated Coin Value in Year... Compounded Annual % Rate of Return Since...
1950 1980 2000 2010 2016 1950 1980 2000 2010
F-12 1.50 125 125 450 300 8.36 2.46 5.62 -6.53
VF-20 1.75 150 135 475 310 8.16
2.04 5.33 -6.87
XF-40 2.00 200 150 500 350 8.14 1.57 5.44
-5.77
AU-50 2.50 225 175 550 375 7.89 1.43 4.88 -6.18
MS-60 4.00 300 185 650 500 7.59 1.43 6.41 -4.28
MS-62 --- --- 225 700 650 --- --- 6.86 -1.23
MS-63 --- 850 300 900 840 --- -0.03 6.65 -1.14
MS-64 --- --- 625 1250 1300 --- --- 4.68 0.66
MS-65 --- 1750 2750 3000 4500 --- 2.66 3.13 6.99
MS-66 --- --- 6500 20000 27000 --- --- 9.31 5.13
MS-67 --- --- --- 40000 50000 --- --- --- 3.79

Comments:

Following the armistice ending the Great War of 1914-1918, a mood developed across the United States to mark the end of that brutal, bloody conflict. In the wake of this sentiment, the Peace dollar series originated.

Peace dollars were minted from 1921 to 1928, and again in 1934 and 1935. The 1928 dollar issued from the Philadelphia Mint is the rarest of all Peace dollars. Not many silver dollars were produced in 1928, because few were required to fulfill the mandate of the Pittman Act.

Since the year 2000, we've seen huge jumps in the value of the 1928 Peace dollar, much more so than most other collectible coins. These price hikes are based on solid fundamentals, as the 1928 is a genuinely rare coin desired by collectors. We saw a slow down in recent years, but a resumption of upward momentum at some point in the future is a virtual certainty.

The Year This Coin Was Minted...

Prosperous business conditions and a rising standard of living for many typified life in 1928. The surging stock market was fueled by loans that made it easy to buy stocks with little cash down. Attracted by the lure of big profits, money from all segments of American society invested heavily in Wall Street. As the "Roaring Twenties" marched on, however, scant attention was given to economic indicators in 1928 warning of a forthcoming collapse in the economy.

Chrysler and Dodge Motors announced a merger in May, 1928.  It was one of the largest industry mergers in history.

George Eastman pushed the limits of motion picture photography in July 1928 by demonstrating for the first time a color movie.

The 1928 Olympic Games were held in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The US team scored 437 points, 60 more than runner-up Finland.

An unnamed hurricane hammered the coast of Florida in September, killing an estimated 2000 people. It was one of the worst natural disasters ever to strike the United States.

The first cartoon featuring sound, Steamboat Willie, was shown at Colony Theater in New York City in November, 1928. The star performer in the show was a mouse named Mickey, created by little-known cartoonist Walt Disney.

Herbert Hoover
The final big political drama of the 1920's was the presidential election of 1928, which pitted Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover (above) against New York governor Al Smith. Hoover won the Republican Party nomination after well-liked incumbent President Coolidge declined to run for re-election. Riding the wave of Coolidge's popularity, Hoover won in a landslide, 444 electoral votes to 87. Historians say that Smith's Catholicism and heavy New York accent cost him many votes.
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Coin Photos courtesy of Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc., Beverly Hills, CA.
Public domain image.


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