Pair of Toned MS-66 * (NGC) 1885-O Morgan Dollars Featured in our December 2020 Auction

Two Well-Toned Morgan Silver Dollars Being Sold in Our December 2020 Showcase Auction

The 1885-O is among the most popular New Orleans Mint Morgan
silver dollars. The mintage of 9,185,000 pieces was typical of the era, but
still well below the 10.7 million struck of the 1886-O and the 11.5 million
struck of the 1887-O. The Bland-Allison Act of 1878 required that the U.S.
produce significantly more silver dollars than necessary during this time,
which resulted in most 1885-O dollars being placed directly into storage.

Demand for these coins did not arrive until five decades
later when the nation began to recover from the Great Depression of the 1930s. By
this time, however, millions had been melted as a result of the 1918 Pittman
Act, significantly reducing supply. These decades in long-term storage provided
the ideal conditions for colorful toning to develop on some survivors,  although the vast majority remained brilliant.

1885-O dollars continued to be released from Mint and
Treasury vaults over the following 30 years, though millions more would be
melted during the rise in silver prices in the late 1970s. Today, the 1885-O is
in strong demand among both specialists and type collectors, with the
colorfully toned among the most prized of the issue.

We are thrilled to feature two of these spectacularly toned
1885-O Morgan dollars in our December 2020 Showcase Auction, both graded MS-66
* by NGC. Lot
features a blend of magenta, electric blue, forest green, and tangerine
on the obverse. The reverse is largely brilliant with subtle golden hues at the
upper left border. Satiny and somewhat reflective luster emphasizes the vibrant

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displays vibrant emerald green and orange toning on the reverse. The
obverse is brilliant with just a hint of gold at the rims. The luster is rich
and frosty, nicely undisturbed across the highest points. A similar MS-66 *
(NGC) 1885-O dollar sold for $4,406
in our November 2014 auction, and we expect equally intense bidding when these
two lots cross the block in our December sale.

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This pair
of toned Gem 1885-O Morgan dollars is offered in Session
of our December 2020 Showcase Auction, which opens for live bidding on Friday,
December 18 at 1:00 PM PT. These will be presented alongside the magnificent
Larry H. Miller Collection, Part II and additional selections from the Naples
Bay Collection. The entire Stack’s Bowers Galleries December sale is now
available for viewing and bidding at
If you would like to consign to a future Showcase event or have questions about
the consignment process, contact us today at or

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