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Object Name Coin
Other Name Morgan Silver Dollar
Object Number 1878.7.1
Collection Rutherford B. Hayes
Description silver, round; obverse shows a Liberty head with the words "E Pluribus Unum" around the top and "1878" below; reverse side shows a wing-spread eagle holding an olive branch and arrows in its talons; eagle has 8 tail feathers
Date 1878
Dimensions Dia-1.732 inches
Material silver
Made by the U. S. Mint, Philadelphia
Provenance 1878 P proof silver dollar; VAM (Van Allen-Mallis), die variety #9, 193 edge reeding. This silver dollar was first dollar struck and presented to President Hayes on March 11, 1878. The accompanying envelope and card inside reads as follows: (envelope) "His Excellency, Rutherford B. Hayes, President - First Silver Dollar coined, Phila., 1878" (card) Mint U. S. Philadelphia,/ Coiner's Department, March 11, 1878/ I hereby certify that the Silver Dollar enclosed in/ case No. 1, is the first one of the Dollar authorized/ by the Act of 1878, struck in the presses/ used for the regular coinage in the Mint of the/ United States/O. C. Bosbyshell,/ Coiner/ J. A. Pollock/ Superintendent".
People Bosbyshell, O.C.
Pollock, J. A.
Allen, Leroy Van
Bishal, Pete
Search Terms Morgan silver dollar
U. S. Mint
O. C. Bosbyshell
J. A. Pollock
Bland-Allison Act
Leroy Van Allen
Pete Bishal