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Greysheet Catalog Details (GSID: 7871)

The 1921 One dollar is part of a series of Morgan silver dollar coins struck from 1878-1921. The specific variety is Zerbe. Struck in Philadelphia and designated as a Proof (PR) strike, this coin is made of 90% silver; 10% copper.
The 1921 Zerbe proof Morgan dollars were made at the request of Farran Zerbe, who served as president of the American Numismatic Association from 1908 through 1910. While generally classified as proofs in numismatic nomenclature, there is some degree of controversy as to whether these are technically proof coins.

While the 1921 Henry Chapman proof Morgan dollars exhibit distinctive proof-quality diagnostics, such as sharp strikes and super-sharp edges (squarely evidencing those coins as true proofs), the Zerbe proofs more closely resemble proof-like business strikes with more typical strike quality and reflective but not necessarily mirror-like fields. It is believed they were struck using ordinary circulation-quality planchets struck by polished dies. This would place the Zerbe proofs in special strike (not proof) category, and in fact some TPGs have begun labeling pieces formerly known as Zerbe proofs as Zerbe special strikes.

Whether or not the 1921 Zerbe Morgan dollars are really proofs, they are nonetheless numismatically important rarities with a narrative of mystique. Only 150 to 200 were struck and are coveted by Morgan dollar enthusiasts, particularly those who are building collections inclusive of this rare piece. There are also extremely rare 1921 S-mint Zerbe proof strikes from the San Francisco Mint, and these realize huge sums.

Obverse: Portrait of Liberty centered. On the left are found 7 stars with the words E*PLURIBUS*UNUM followed by 6 stars on the right. The date is positioned at the bottom.
Reverse: The heraldic eagle is centered holding a bunch of arrows and branch surrounded by and olive leaves. The words UNITED STATES OF AMERICA * ONE DOLLAR frame the periphery. Mint mark, if any, appears above the letters DO of DOLLAR.

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Catalog Detail

GSID: 7871
Coin Date: 1921
Denomination: $1 / One dollar
Designation: PR
Mint Mark: P
Mint Location: Philadelphia
Coinage Type: Morgan silver dollar
Coinage Years: 1878-1921
Composition: 90% silver; 10% copper
Variety: Zerbe
Strike Type: Proof
Diameter: 38.1 mm
Weight: 26.73 gr
Coin Shape: Round
Designer: George T. Morgan
Obverse Lettering: E PLURIBUS UNUM, LIBERTY, 1921
Obverse Designer: George T. Morgan
Reverse Designer: George T. Morgan
PCGS #: 7341
NGC ID: 257A

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