The 1897 Morgan silver dollars have value as both numismatic coins and as silver bullion. Keep reading to learn more about these coins.

1897 Silver Dollar

Specifications

Type: Morgan Silver Dollar
Year: 1897
Face Value: $1.00
Composition: 90% silver, 10% copper
Silver Weight: .77344 oz.
Total Weight: 26.73 grams
Current Silver Bullion Value: $16.82

The US minted the 1897 silver dollar with no mint mark and also the 1897 O silver dollar and 1897 S silver dollar. The mint mark, when present, can be found on the reverse side of the coin below the wreath.

Series Location Quantity Minted
1897 Philadelphia 2,822,000
1897 O New Orleans 4,004,000
1897 S San Francisco 5,825,000

Value

This coin in circulated condition is worth at least its weight in silver. The silver melt value for this coin is $16.82 as of May 21, 2022. This melt value is calculated from the current silver spot price of $21.75 per ounce.

The 1897 silver dollar with no mint mark is worth around $42 in very fine condition. In extremely fine condition the value is around $45. In uncirculated condition the price is around $60 for coins with an MS 60 grade. Uncirculated coins with a grade of MS 65 can sell for around $325.

The 1897 O silver dollar is worth around $42 in very fine condition. In extremely fine condition the value is around $70. In uncirculated condition the price is around $1,200 for coins with an MS 60 grade. Uncirculated coins with a grade of MS 65 can sell for around $60,000.

The 1897 S silver dollar is worth around $42 in very fine condition. In extremely fine condition the value is around $45. In uncirculated condition the price is around $110 for coins with an MS 60 grade. Uncirculated coins with a grade of MS 65 can sell for around $650.

Proof coins with no mint mark are available and they are each valued at around $3,750 in PR 63 condition. There were only 731 proof coins minted.

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Grading System

Very fine- Two thirds of Liberty's hair lines from above her forehead to her ear are visible.

Extremely fine- Liberty's hair lines and ear look strong.

MS 60 uncirculated- There are no signs of wear. The coin has luster, but there may be a few stains, abrasions, or surface marks.

MS 65 gem uncirculated- There is strong luster and eye appeal. A few light contact marks are present but they are barely noticeable.

PR 63 proof- This coin has reflective surfaces and only a few blemishes away from the major focal points. There are no major flaws.

 

Sources:

The Red Book


See also:

1898 Silver Dollar
1896 Silver Dollar
1895 Silver Dollar