1893-CC Morgan Dollar

By order of the Treasury Secretary, the Carson City Mint ceased coining operations on June 1, 1893. Gold and silver deposits had dwindled to the point where it was costing too much to keep the mint running, although it remained open as an assay office and refinery.(1)

Before closing its doors, a total of 677,000 dollars with the 1893-CC date were struck, making it the smallest Carson City mintage of Morgans, behind only the 1879-CC and 1889-CC.(2)

Ironically, 1893 was the only year of its existence in which Carson City outpaced all other U.S. Mint facilities in the issuance of Morgan dollars. Silver dollar production nationwide was severely curtailed during the Panic of 1893.

Fascinating Fact: A dozen or so proofs were struck from re-polished dies reportedly in a small ceremony to observe the end of coin production in Carson City.(3)

The 1893-CC Morgan dollar in any grade is cherished by collectors because of its scarcity and its status as the last of its kind. Long term value trends are strongly positive, though this esteemed date has lost some of its luster since the 2008-2012 timeframe. This situation most likely will be corrected in the not-so-distant future (update: prices are surging once again).

Please Note: For the Morgan dollar price trend survey, only grades F-12, VF-20, EF-40, AU-50, and MS-60 were analyzed. Higher grades, Prooflike (PL), and Deep Mirror Prooflike (DMPL) were omitted because in these conditions, even rather ordinary Morgan dates can attain astronomical values that could easily skew results. The goal of the survey is to identify coins demonstrating superior price trend histories, regardless of grade.

Estimated survivors in all grades: 48,935
? The survivor estimate from PCGS represents an average of one or more experts' opinions as to how many examples survive of a particular coin in all grades. Survival estimates include coins that are raw, certified by PCGS, and certified by other grading services.
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PCGS Rarity Scale: 2.5
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1. PCGS.  1893-CC $1 (Regular Strike).

2. Yeoman, R.S. and Garrett, Jeff, et al.  A Guide Book of United States Coins, 75th ed. Pelham, AL: Whitman Publishing, 2021.

3.  Heritage Auctions.  1893-CC Morgan Dollar. Branch Mint PR65+.  Nov 2020 Auction.

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Coin images by Stack's Bowers Galleries.