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Obverse of 1896 Silver Dollar     Reverse of 1896 Silver Dollar


1896 SILVER DOLLAR

PCGS Nos: 7240, 7241, 97241, 7331

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 9,976,000
Proofs: 762

Designer: George T. Morgan

Diameter: 38.1 millimeters

Metal Content:
Silver - 90%
Copper - 10%

Weight: 26.73 grams

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: None (for Philadelphia) below the center of the wreath on the reverse

Images courtesy of Superior Galleries

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated examples graded by PCGS are 12 MS-67's, 5 MS-66 Prooflikes, and 5 MS-66 Deep Mirror Prooflikes.

Proof examples of this date are generally available and this date is the easiest to find in Gem condition.  The finest Proofs graded by PCGS are 6 PR-68's, representing the highest population in this grade of any date in the series. The finest Proof Cameo and Proof Deep Cameos are a single PRCA-66 and 4 PRDC-66s, respectively.

Significant examples:
NGC Proof-67.  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach" Elite Coin Auction, May 25- 27, Lot 3089, sold for $13,225.00

PCGS Proof-66.  Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach" Sale, June 5-7, 2000, Lot 1831, plated, unsold

Recent appearances:
NGC Proof-66.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "The ANA 2001 National Money Show Auction", March 8-9, 2001, Lot 394, plated, sold for $7,590.00

PCGS Proof-63 (illustrated above).  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach Sale", September 14-16, 2003, Lot 2436

Proof-61.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 1578, sold for $862.50

Brilliant Proof, solidly toned.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1206, not plated, sold for $575.00

PCGS MS-67.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 6587, illustrated, sold for $4,370.00

NGC MS-67.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 6588, illustrated, sold for $3,565.00  From the holdings of Andy Hansen

PCGS MS-66 DMPL.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 372, illustrated, sold for $6,900.00  From the Jack Lee silver dollars collection

PCGS MS-66.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 8426, not illustrated, sold for $448.50

PCGS MS-66.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 758, sold for $488.75

PCGS MS-66.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 545, sold for $460.00

NGC MS-66.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 6586, not illustrated, sold for $402.50

PCGS MS-66.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part III", May 21, 2001, Lot 120, not illustrated, sold for $805.00

PCGS MS-65 Prooflike.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 8427, not illustrated, sold for $276.00

PCGS MS-65.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 8425, not illustrated, sold for $184.00

NGC MS-65.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 759, sold for $115.00

Gem Brilliant Uncirculated and a truly outstanding specimen.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1407, not plated, sold for $103.50

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"The PCGS Population Report, April 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service