Designed by United States Mint Assistant Engraver George T. Morgan, the Morgan Dollar was produced from 1878 to 1904, and struck again for one more year in 1921. As silver prices rose in the 1960s, so did passionate interest in the Morgan Dollar.
The Morgan dollar was minted from 1878 to 1904, and then again in 1921. The coin is named after its designer, United States Mint Assistant Engraver George T. Morgan. The front depicts a profile portrait representing Liberty, while the back depicts an eagle with wings outstretched. In 1876, Director of the Mint, Henry Linderman began efforts to redesign the nation's silver coins. Linderman contacted C.W. Fremantle, Deputy Master of the Royal Mint in London, requesting him to "find a first class die-sinker who would be willing to take the position of Assistant Engraver at the Mint at Philadelphia." Fremantle responded "My inquiries as to an Assistant Engraver lead me very strongly to recommend for the post Mr. George Morgan.” His earliest pattern coins designed during his tenure at the Philadelphia Mint were intended for the half dollar. In the early 1960s, a quantity of unissued Morgan dollars was found to be available from Treasury vaults, collectors began purchasing large quantities of the pieces at face value and Mr. Morgan’s design has become a sought after coin throughout the world.