1890 Morgan Silver Dollar Value

Pushed higher by bullion prices your 1890 Morgan silver dollar value is a minimum of $17.50 . Also, because of scarcity and worth more to collectors are those minted at the Carson City mint.

Uncirculated 1890 Morgan Silver Dollar Value

Silver dollars in 1890 were minted at four different mints across the country. Typically collectors today include one coin from each of these mints as they assemble collections. The one mint whose coins are scarce and hard to find are those minted at Carson City, indicated by a "CC" on the reverse. Below the value chart is a close-up image showing were to find mintmarks on your coin.

Also and very important, is your coin's condition. Value is dependent on how well your silver dollar has fared over the years. Is it worn with most detail missing or is it very nice displaying most or all of the original design? Dealers and collectors are searching for coins in the best condition possible and pay higher prices for these.

Exceptional in condition and featuring a scarce mintmark, the 1890 Morgan silver dollar pictured to the right is worth far above it silver bullion value. At auction these 1890-CC uncirculated dollars are routinely bid above $450. Inspect your coin closely, mintmarks and condition combine to raise the value of these majestic old silver dollars.

Mintmark Location 1890-CC Morgan Silver Dollar

Now let's see if you have the valuable "CC" mintmark, indicating your coin was struck at the Carson City mint. All mintmarks are on the reverse of Morgan silver dollars, at the bottom just above the DO in Dollar. Four mints produced dollars in 1890, "CC" for Carson City, "O" indicates the New Orleans mint. San Francisco uses an "S" and if no mintmark is present your coin was produced at the main mint in Philadelphia.

1890 Morgan Silver Dollar Values
 Condition of Coin
  1890 Morgan Silver Dollar Values Updated 11/23/2015
1890 $17.50 $20.36 $22.67 $31.70
1890 CC $75 $81 $117 $456
1890 O $17.50 $20.36 $22.67 $47.33
1890 S $17.50 $20.36 $22.67 $39.73

Eye Appeal Value of 1890 Silver Dollars

Your silver dollar may be worn and not the ultimate "Uncirculated" grade. Also, values on the chart reflect most 1890 silver dollars are worth close to silver bullion value unless in this top uncirculated condition. However, circulated and slightly worn Morgan dollars are valued by collectors if they have a nice "eye appeal" quality.

Of value to you and interest to collectors, circulated silver dollars often develop a pleasing antique look. What was originally bright white mint luster fades as a coin circulates and is replaced with a soft silver grey hue. Naturally over time toning darkens within the design giving highlights to features and accenting details. This normal process produces a worn but still eye appealing silver dollar.

Two circulated and worn dollars are pictured, both collected and removed from circulation long ago. The top coin has less wear and exhibits greater detail but both are viewed has having above average appearance. Their 100% originality of color and toning is enhanced by the lack of nicks and dings, rim bumps or damage.

Overall quality does improve 1890 Morgan silver dollar value. As you grade your Morgan dollars, view not only the amount of wear but also step back and judge the general eye appeal of your coin. Evenly distributed wear, covered by a soft toning of silver grey with no distracting marks does stand out as an eye appealing coin.

Rare Circulated 1890-CC Morgan Silver Dollars

Essential to 1890 Silver Dollar Value is Judging Condition

Follow along with the images and descriptions as a Morgan dollar begins to wear from freshly minted "Uncirculated" condition, to a very worn example in "Good" condition. By judging the different stages of wear, a "Grade" is determined. The greater the detail remaining, the greater your 1890 Morgan silver dollar value.

1890 Morgan Silver Dollar Uncirculated Condition

Uncirculated:  A silver dollar in the "uncirculated" grade never saw use in commerce. Your coin must not show any signs of wear and retain the look of brand new, often with natural toning that occurs to silver coins. Look for the first signs of abrasion from wear on the highest part of Liberty's cheek below the eye and the front of her chin. Wear to the surface removes the delicate texture of original mint luster leaving these areas dull.

1890 Morgan Silver Dollar Extremely Fine Condition

Extremely Fine:   Slight wear of design limited to only the tops of the highest points, defines the "extremely fine" grade. Loss of detail is minor with the merging of just a few strands of hair found above Liberty's forehead and below her cap. Folds in the cap also show small amounts of rubbing with a tiny loss of roundness. Your coin still retains a pleasing sharpness in appearance.

1890 Morgan Silver Dollar Fine Condition

Fine:  Circulation has now reduced finer design detail to the point of merging. Clearly visible, moderate wear describes silver dollars in "fine" condition. Liberty's hair both above and below the ear is noticeably worn with wide flat spots now replacing the original fine lines. Turning to the reverse, the leaves in the wreath are now very flat, most feathers in the eagle's neck have merged and the very tips of the eagle's wings lack any detail.

1890 Morgan Silver Dollar Good Condition

Good:  Lack of design defines this old silver dollar as "Good" condition. Liberty is mostly an outline, once a cap, hair curls and head band are now obscured. Lettering now connects to the rim in places but readable. Lack of any hair line above the forehead places this coin solidly in this lower grade. Despite excessive wear, Carson City 1890 Morgan silver dollar value is comfortably above its silver bullion price reflecting strong collector interest.

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