1885 Morgan O Silver Dollar - New Orleans


The 1885 morgan dollar did get his name from the designer, George T. Morgan.

Morgan dollars where made from 1878 to 1921 and some years are very scarce, difficult to find and expensive to buy, mostly on auctions.


The year 1885 is not even so special in this matter as there are many authentic 1885 morgan silver dollars in circulation but still they are making in China counterfeit coins with this date.


Some 1885 morgan O silver dollar coin facts.

  • Mintage: Circulation strikes: 9,185,000 / Proofs: 0.
  • Designer: George T. Morgan.
  • Diameter: 38.1 mm.
  • Composition: Silver (90%) and Copper (10%).
  • Weight: 26.73 grams.
  • Edge: Reeded.
  • Mintmark: "O"  (made in New Orleans)

Here below are the images from an authentic and a counterfeit morgan silver dollar coin, both showing the year 1885.


Authentic 1885 Silver Coin Counterfeit 1885 Coin
Obverse Side Obverse Side
1885 morgan O silver dollar Counterfeit 1885 morgan O dollar
When comparing both 1885 morgan dollar coins the following differences are easy to see on the counterfeit coin and not on the authentic coin.
  • The numbers are not identical, note the one and five especially.
  • The letters are not exactly the same, but sometimes hard to notice.
  • The stars are too big and too flat compared with the authentic coin.
  • In general soft details and slick surfaces.

Authentic 1885 Silver Coin

Counterfeit 1885 Coin

Reverse Side

Reverse Side


reverse side 1885 morgan O silver dollar

Reverse side 1885 counterfeit morgan O dollar

The reverse side of the counterfeit morgan coin we did use for this example was having of course the same soft details as the obverse side and it's easy to see that the letters and number used are not the same on this Chinese counterfeit coin.

Note also that the O for mintmark New Orleans is more a 0 (zero).



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