How many of the first 10 SF Mint Morgans are known and who is J. Gus. Burt?
Just ran across this article about the first 10 Morgans stuck at the San Francisco Mint.
1878-S Morgan Dollar Specimen Strike VAM-60 - NGC SP64 - Burt-Wertman-Eliasberg specimen
The article has information on the SF Mint coiner and superintendent but not the person whose name is engraved on the coin.
According to contemporary newspaper accounts, this coin was struck sometime around 3:40 p.m. on April 17, 1878, under the close supervision of Coiner F.X. Cicott and Mint Superintendent Henry L. Dodge. It was engraved: “ONE OF THE FIRST TEN COINED APRIL 17TH FROM J. GUS. BURT.”
Here's a census with the one coin from the article so far. I hope to update this with the 9 others!
- Emanuel Wertman - Eliasberg specimen - NGC SP64 4919944-001