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TOP 100 Morgan
Silver Dollar Coin Books

If you are an advanced collector of Morgan and Peace silver dollars, or just want to learn more about how to identify, buy, and sell rare silver dollar varieties, you’ve come to the right place. These are silver dollars that in many cases are several times rarer than the keys dates to the Morgan and/or Peace silver dollar series (ie. 1893 S, or 1934 S), but can be “cherrypicked” for common silver dollar prices, or purchased for far less than the key dates. We, in the Society of Silver Dollar Collectors (SSDC) believe these VAM designated coins will appreciate at a much faster rate than the traditional keys to each series so that you too can “VAM IT!” and Find a Fortune. The key is knowledge, and one of our favorite sayings is "Knowledge is King!"

Morgan and Peace silver dollars

If you don’t already own the Top 100 Morgan Silver Dollar Varieties: The VAM Keys by Michael S. Fey, Ph.D. and Jeff Oxman, (this is perhaps the best place to start. With this little pocket guidebook you will learn:

  • Which are the rarest, most popular and desirable Morgan Dollar varieties-The VAM Keys.
  • How to quickly and easily identify rare Morgan dollar varieties in your collection, in your dealer’s case, or at coin shows.
  • How much rare die varieties are worth as compared to the price for common coins with the same date, mintmark and grade.
  • Whether your coin is among the finest known, and an estimate of its rarity-the number of extant pieces thought to exist.


See sample pages of the book and read about what the experts are saying about the “Top 100” book!


The Big VAM Encyclopedia


An important library reference for the advanced Morgan and Peace silver dollar collector is the 4th edition of the Comprehensive Catalog And Encyclopedia of Morgan & Peace Dollars by Leroy C. Van Allen & A. George Mallis. (hence the name VAM!). This rather large encyclopedia lists all the known pairs of dies, both common and rare, used to strike Morgan & Peace silver dollars by VAM number. If you don’t own a copy, I would highly recommend getting one.
Morgan and peace dollars

Society of Silver Dollar Collectors
SSDC c/o John Baumgart

Lastly, I would strongly urge you to become a member of the SSDC. Membership is only $21.95/yr, and with that you get:

  • Consultation—with some of the world’s leading authorities on silver dollar varieties
  • Collaboration—with other advanced Morgan & Peace silver dollar collectors
  • SSDC Journals—Packed full of great information about rare silver dollar varieties
  • SSDC Reports—Special reports issued from time-to-time to bring you up-to-date on a specific area of silver dollar collecting
  • “VAM-E” E-mail—a weekly electronic E-mail newsletter where you can learn, ask questions and make new friends. To subscribe send an E-mail with the heading “SUBSCRIBE” to

And don’t forget to visit, and Their sites are packed full of great information about advanced collecting of Morgan and Peace dollars. Please delete all the text below

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