A: At the time of mintage, probably fewer than 50,000 1881-CC dollars were released. Others were stored by the Treasury Department and released many years later, including 147,485 Uncirculated pieces that were sold through the General Services Administration beginning in the early 1970s and ending in 1980. In contrast, nearly all 1886-O Morgan dollars were put into circulation in the 19th century at a time when no numismatist is known to have collected coins by Mint marks.
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