2021 Morgan and Peace Silver Dollar Designs and Mint Marks

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The United State Mint unveiled designs for the 2021 Morgan and Peace centennial silver dollars. They also revealed where they will be made and how many mint and privy marks will be used.

2021 Morgan Silver Dollar Designs
U.S. Mint images of the 2021 Morgan Silver Dollar Designs

Authorized under Public Law 116-286, the 1921 Silver Dollar Coin Anniversary Act, the U.S. Mint will strike the silver dollars in recognition of the 100th anniversary in 2021 of the production transition from Morgan dollars to Peace dollars.

Mint staff were able to develop the 2021 designs by scanning old assets, including Morgan and Peace dollars, hubs, plasters, and galvanos. The finest scanned components were digitally mapped and pieced together to create the design renditions.

2021 Peace Silver Dollar Designs
U.S. Mint images of the 2021 Peace Silver Dollar Designs

Coin inscriptions will match the older, iconic dollars with an exception of the year of minting.

The Mint’s intent is to use the .999 fine silver planchets that they strike for commemorative dollars as those will produce coins to the same weight, thickness and diameter of the original dollars.

Production Facilities, Mint Marks and Privy Marks

U.S. Mint facilities in Philadelphia, Denver and San Francisco will manufacture the 2021 Morgan silver dollars. Those from Denver and San Francisco will carry respective ‘D’ and ‘S’ mint marks. Morgan dollars from Philadelphia will not have a mint mark, paying homage to the original issues.

In addition, the Philadelphia Mint will produce Morgan dollars with privy marks for the former New Orleans and Carson City Mints in honor of their Morgan silver dollar production.

2021 Peace dollars will only be minted in Philadelphia and they will not contain a mint mark.

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Chris

Is there any info on the production of Proofs ?

Lucas Gould

Not yet

Jim Longacre

Since no Peace dollar has the digit “0” on it, where did the one in 2021 come from?

Last edited 1 month ago by Jim Longacre
Tim

“The Mint’s intent is to use the .999 fine silver planchets that they strike for commemorative dollars” seems to be an error as .900 silver is used for commemorative dollars and was used for the original Morgan and Peace dollars.

Mike Unser

The newer silver commemoratives (since 1999) have been .999 fine. In Tuesday’s CCAC meeting, Ron Harrigal, the U.S. Mint’s manager of design and engraving, discussed their intention to use the .999 fine planchet. He did note that it would have a “very slight reduction in volume” but that it would result in the same weight and overall specifications, including thickness and diameter, of the old silver dollars.

Kaiser Wilhelm

Mike, not to be a contrarian, but as far as I have been able to ascertain in my research online it was in 2019 and not in 1999 that the U.S. Mint made the switch from the previous standard of 90% silver/10% copper to the new one of .999 silver as the official silver purity content level for both its annual commemorative dollars and its silver proof half dollars, quarters and dimes.

Mike Unser

You are correct! Thank you! My mind must have been filled with too many “9’s” at the time.

Jim Longacre

By my calculations, all other things being equal, with two coins of equal size, one in .999 silver, one .900 silver/.100 copper, the .999 silver one should weigh about 1.5 percent more. Possibly they will make these with a higher or thicker rim to make things come out even.

Kaiser Wilhelm

You’re very welcome, Mike. As a matter of fact, I did more than a little scouring of the web to be certain I wasn’t in error regarding this issue. After all, yours is always my first daily go-to coin site, so if I was going to make a point here I wanted to be confident it was valid.

Last edited 1 month ago by Kaiser Wilhelm
Jake

Lol

Jake

No! Lol I truly thank you for your effort

Jake

How does a reduction in production equate to the same specifications denominated to the thousandth. Oh it doesnt. Thank you.

Last edited 1 month ago by Jake
Mike Irwin

Mathematically I don’t see how you can have a reduction in volume (composite/coin) and maintain the same size and thickness of the original. Since the originals were 90% Silver/10% Copper and now that remaining 10% is Silver at a higher weight than Copper. You would have to cheat on the thickness somewhere as in subtracted from the flat background and therefore making the raised Liberty or Eagle enhanced as in high relief, all be it minimal. Regardless this endeavor will be welcomed world wide which brings us all to the question, what will be the mintage of each mint marked… Read more »

Jake

+1

silverinvestor

is it worth to collect this set of coins , if Mint charge $499 per set ?

Jake

If it sells out is it worth saving?

Charlie

put the privy mark where the mint mark should be

Christopher

Seems that they will never be able to recreate the beauty of the original designs using modern methods.

Luke

Any idea when I can get my hands on one?

Jake

Yesterday

Mac

Hope they will be more available to individual collectors than the 2021-W American Eagle Proofs…signed up for mint notification when available…got several mint emails over a few days saying they were now available and jumped on every one, but their website then kept saying “no longer available.” I did get one hit pre-selected for 8…but when I went to change it to just one, it wouldn’t take it (one was “unavailable” but I could have purchased 8…). Have heard many stories like this about many mint products/issues. Way to treat customers.