Morgan dollar key-dates

Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by eur78, Jun 24, 2009.

  1. eur78

    eur78 Junior Member

    Where can i found information about Morgan dollar key-dates, semi-key dates and more? Maybe somekind of total list wich year is somehow special.

    On ebay i think some sellers keeps adding theyre own semi-key (or something other special) date notifications on auctions, hoping for better deal.

    I have checked many Morgan sites, but non of them deals this issue.

    Hope this issue is helpful others also!
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  3. Hobo

    Hobo Squirrel Hater

    The Red Book should help you. (You do own a Red Book, don't you? If not that should be the first thing you buy.)

    The Red Book list every Morgan issue and mintage. Thanks to the Great Melt mintage figures are not very meaningful. The Red Book also lists values (which should not be relied upon because they are not accurate). You can use these values to get an idea of which dates and mintmarks are more valuable than others.

    Hope this helps.
  4. vipergts2

    vipergts2 Jester in hobby of kings

    There is also a guidbook for Morgan dollars which goes into a lot more detail on Morgans. It is put out by whitman like the redbook.
  5. eur78

    eur78 Junior Member

    Thanks for tips. I have been starting this collecting hobby totally by internet knowledge, but i think its time to buy Red Book 2010 and Morgan Silver Dollars 3rd Edition (latest i think). Or just Morgan book.. But anyway, you can found lot of information on the net also..

  6. tmoneyeagles

    tmoneyeagles Indian Buffalo Gatherer

    Good idea, and that sounds like a plan!
    We are always here if you need help, so ask away any questions you have :)
  7. RedTiger

    RedTiger Member

    Numismedia, and the PCGS price guide are two free online resources that will likely give you the information you seek. They don't have mintages, but the retail prices will give you a strong indication. Keep in mind that those two guides are retail prices and if a person is selling to a dealer, the offers will tend to be much lower.

    To see what coins are currently selling for, check the prices realized at auction sites such as Ebay, Heritage, and Teletrade.

    Also keep in mind that grade is a large component of price for Morgans. If coins have been stored loose in a cigar box, or similar, the grades are often in the VF to XF range.
  8. tmoneyeagles

    tmoneyeagles Indian Buffalo Gatherer

  9. Windsor4

    Windsor4 Junior Member

    Coinfacts is good. Also do a google search by typing in Morgan dollar key dates, surf away.
  10. eur78

    eur78 Junior Member

    Do you people have somekind of guideline of this issue, like all under 10.000.000 are semi-keys and all under 5.000.000 are key-dates etc.?
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  12. mikenoodle

    mikenoodle The Village Idiot

    mintage alone is not the determining factor in key and semi-key date coins. Take for example Roosevelt dimes. The 1955 Philadelphia issue (12.828 million) coins are the lowest mintage, but the 1949-S (13.51 million) is the toughest to come by, thereby making it the key date coin.

    In Lincoln cents, the 1931-S is the lowest mintage (866,000), but the 1914-D (1.193 million) is the key.

    It generally has more to do with how hard they are to come by rather than strictly mintage, so honestly what I do is look at the price lists and see what coin is worth the most. But be careful, coins are sometimes key dates in one condition, and another in a higher grade. An example of one is the 1921-D and S half dollars. The D mintage is far lower at 208,000 coins, and is generally the key date until you get to XF condition, where the 21-S is worth roughly twice as much.

    Other examples exist, but I thought that this would give you a basic idea. For a good price list, try the PCGS guide online:

    hope that helps
  13. tmoneyeagles

    tmoneyeagles Indian Buffalo Gatherer

    It all depends on the series...
    A semi key could be worth $100, could be worth $50 in that one series, like the 1924 D Lincoln cent is a semi key date.
    The 1916 Standing Liberty Quarter is a key date, the 1893 S morgan is a key date.
    There are just so many different factors into making it a semi or key date, mintage, surviving population, and demand.
    You will learn more and more about this, as you progress as a collector :eating:
  14. mikenoodle

    mikenoodle The Village Idiot

    T$ I think by 5.000.000 eur78 meant 5 million in mintage
  15. tmoneyeagles

    tmoneyeagles Indian Buffalo Gatherer

    Oh well if he did I guess I got confused by the dot instead of a comma.
  16. OxJaw

    OxJaw Senior Member

    If you click on the PCGS number on there price guide it links you directly to the coin facts page for that particular year/mm for that coin. Just makes it a little quicker than having to bounce between two sites.
  17. coins123

    coins123 Member

    The 1892-s is interesting. In low grades, it costs under $100. In XF and AU it's a semi key but in MS it's a major key.

    The 1880-o morgan is another interesting one. It costs under $100 in ms60 but costs $25,000 in ms65!
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