The 1921-D Morgan Dollar (Buy on eBay) is significant as the first silver dollar struck at the Denver Mint. This year marked the resumption of production for the series after a gap of eighteen years, with large numbers also produced at Philadelphia and San Francisco.
All examples of the Denver issue contain a very small sized or “micro” mint mark on the reverse. With a total mintage of 20,345,000 pieces, this is one of the more common coins of the series. The issue does become conditionally scarce in MS67 or with deep mirror proof like appearance.
To mark the first production of silver dollars at the Denver Mint on May 9, 1921, the first 100 coins were specially engraved and numbered. This engraving appears on the obverse in front of Liberty’s face and reads “-TH DOLLAR RELEASED FROM 1ST 100 EVER COINED AT DENVER MINT THOMAS ANNEAR, SUPT.” Only a dozen of these pieces are currently located and when offered for sale have sold for thousands of dollars.
1921-D Morgan Dollar Mintage and Specifications
- Mintage: 20,345,000
- Mint mark: D (Denver)
- Composition: 90% silver, 10% copper
- Weight: 26.73 grams
- Diameter: 38.1 mm