GSA Dollars are highly sought after by Silver Dollar collectors around the world. The GSA holder adds even further collectible value on top of the popular, classic design by George T. Morgan.
- Each coin contains .7734 oz of Silver.
- Coins come in their original GSA issued plastic holder.
- Obverse: Left facing profile of Liberty wearing a Phrygian cap adorned with wheat and cotton balls in her hair.
- Reverse: Bald eagle with outstretched wings clutching an olive branch and arrows in its talons.
- U.S. Mint issues from the famous Carson City Mint.
Protect and display your Morgan Dollar Collection in style by adding an attractive album or holder to your order.
These problem-free common date coins retain their original design elements and are Brilliant Uncirculated. Add these rare Carson City Morgan Silver Dollars to your cart today!
Dates on these random year coins including 1882 Silver Dollars, 1883 Silver Dollars, and 1884 Silver Dollars, will be of our choosing and may or may not vary, determined by stock on hand. Items in this listing have no box or card.
The U.S. Treasury discovered previously unknown mint bags of Carson City Morgan Silver dollars in its vaults estimated around 2.8 million Silver dollars in total. The Morgan Silver dollar was largely produced due to the European flooding of the market with Silver coupled with the huge Silver resources in the Nevada Territory, such as the Comstock Lode, placing enormous pressure on Silver prices. In order to prop U.S. Silver prices, Silver miners convinced the U.S. government to purchase their Silver and manufacture it into Silver dollars. Due to their large size, many Americans did not wish to carry these Silver dollars which forced the government to store millions of these coins in government vaults.
These coins had been forgotten since they were thought to have been melted due to the Pittman Act of 1918. The Pittman Act of 1918 had 270,232,722 Morgan Silver dollars melted and converted into Silver bullion with 259,121,554 being sold to Great Britain and 11,111,168 for subsidiary Silver coinage. The Treasury officials held back these newly found Carson City Morgan Silver dollars, often referred to as the Government Services Administration Hoard, due to their low mintages and rarity.
On December 31, 1970, legislation passed to sell the Carson City Silver dollars through the Government Services Administration via a mail bid sale. Each uncirculated Silver coin was sorted and mounted in a small plastic display case. Each coin came with a certificate of authenticity with an eight digit serial number that started with the last two numbers of the date of the coin. Circulated Morgan Silver dollars and Peace Silver dollars were sealed in plastic, often referred to as soft packs.
The GSA conducted seven mail bid sales between 1972 and 1980 and sold all the Carson City Morgan Silver dollars from the GSA Hoard. Buyers could bid on individual years by sending in an order form and check. Buyers had to pay up for Silver dollars with lower mintages. Some bids were not deemed high enough, and the government issued checks to reimburse buyers for the amount they had sent in with their order form.
Later, coin dealers who sold the Silver dollars found the plastic GSA holders to be bulky and bothersome when it came to transferring them back and forth to coin shows. So, they removed the Silver dollars out of their GSA holders and sold them individually to collectors. This resulted in the increase of rarity for GSA Holdered Silver dollars. Two of the main grading services, Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) and Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC), preserve the integrity of the holders when the coins are submitted to their grading services. PCGS uses a gasket and plastic encapsulation that surrounds the original GSA Holder keeping it protected. NGC uses a ribbon sticker and a holographic sticker that allows the GSA Holder to fit in the original presentation box.