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PCGS Nos: 7246, 7247, 97247, 7332


Circulation strikes: 2,822,000
Proofs: 731

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

Recent appearances:
NGC Proof-67 Cameo.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "The ANA 2001 National Money Show Auction", March 8-9, 2001, Lot 396, sold for $7,187.50

NGC Proof-66.  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach" Elite Coin Auction, May 25-27, 2003, Lot 3102, sold for $6,037.50

NGC Proof-66.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 6678, illustrated, sold for $3,910.00

NGC Proof-65.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 1832, sold for $3,450.00

Brilliant Proof.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1207, plated, sold for $776.25

PCGS MS-66.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 375, illustrated, sold for $920.00

Gem Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 764, sold for $92.00

The finest Uncirculated examples graded by PCGS  are 10 MS-67's, 5 MS-66 Prooflikes, and 2 MS-66 Deep Mirror Prooflike.

Proofs of the 1897 Morgan Silver Dollar are a bit tougher to find than normal, and Gems are about twice as difficult to locate as those of 1896.  Nevertheless, PCGS has graded 4 PR-68's, which is one of the higher populations in that grade out of the entire series. The finest Proof Cameo and Proof Deep Cameo graded by PCGS are a single PRCA-67 and a single PRDC-66, respectively.

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