Description of the 1879 Silver Dollar
The silver dollar that was minted in 1879 consists of 5 mints with 6 variations. Each mint represents a different city, with the initial located below the bow on the back side of the coin or under the tail of the bald eagle right about the D and the O in "one dollar".
– With no mint mark- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
– With CC over CC mint mark- Carson City, Nevada
– With D mint mark- Denver, Colorado
– With O mint mark- New Orleans, Louisiana
– With S mint mark (one side has a top arrow feather that runs parallel while the other side has a concave breast- San Francisco, California
– With S mint mark (one side with slanted top arrow feather and a convex breast on the other side- San Francisco, California
The value of the 1879 Dollar today may vary depending on the condition of the coin, the face value, how rare it is and how badly it's wanted but many have received from $ 18 and up for this coin. Although each of the 1879 Silver Dollars has a different value, the dollars that were mined in Carson City are slightly more valuable for two reasons: they're connected to the west and they have a low quantity.
History of the 1879 Silver Dollar
The 1879 Silver dollar was created by George Morgan as a result of the Bland-Allison Act. In the late 1850s, history's great silver strike ever- the Comstock Lode- was discovered. This put a lot of pressure on the prices of silver through the world. The Bland-Allison Act was passed in 1878, an act that required the Treasury Department to buy large quantities of silver and turn them into coins. To help economy, they chose to make them into dollars. When George Morgan first came to the United States from England, he was immediately hired as an assistant engraver in 1876. He became very successful at designing coins and is also known for his "Schoolgirl" 1879 Silver Dollar.
1879 Schoolgirl Silver Dollar
Another of the creation of George T. Morgan is the Schoolgirl silver dollar. The reeded-edge dollar has Lady Liberty facing left with her hair tied with a ribbon. LIBERTY is inscribed in the hair band. She wears a string of pearls. The date and the words E PLURIBUS UNUM are separated by the 13 stars. The back side of the coin has an eagle with its wings raised and on a scroll with IN GOD WE TRUST. Arrows and an olive branch are opposite the scroll. Although there were similar spectacular dollar designs made that year, the Schoolgirl pattern was one of the most notable.