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1882 Engraved $1 Morgan

KnellKnell Posts: 452 ✭✭✭✭✭

Bought this Engraved Morgan with the word "mother" (reverse). I've seen a few different denomination coins with the word mother engraved. Does anybody know why or what's the reason for this? Just curious. Obverse looks like the hardware to pin it to clothing has been removed.
Thanks for any info.


  • JBKJBK Posts: 14,218 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November 24, 2020 5:19AM

    Someone gave their mother a pin with the word "mother" on it. Not much more to it. Same as guys who got a similar tattoo to honor their mother.

  • amwldcoinamwldcoin Posts: 11,269 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I've been trying to find where I stashed it. :s A while back I gave my Mom an 1853 Seated Quarter done not near as eloquently as your dollar. I put it in a silver Bezel and bought a sterling chain for it.

  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    That is a very well done engraving. Obviously a tribute to a departed loved one (little bird flying with message). Cheers, RickO

  • JBKJBK Posts: 14,218 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I missed the bird the first time around. It has a letter in its beak.

  • CaptHenwayCaptHenway Posts: 31,251 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Perhaps a memorial piece. There is really no way to tell.

    Numismatist. 50 year member ANA. Winner of four ANA Heath Literary Awards; three Wayte and Olga Raymond Literary Awards; Numismatist of the Year Award 2009, and Lifetime Achievement Award 2020. Winner numerous NLG Literary Awards.
  • JBKJBK Posts: 14,218 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Could be a memorial piece, but I associate "mother" tattoos, etc. with sons, and a son would presumably not wear a brooch, at least not back then.

    Who knows, but the bird with letter makes it very interesting. Maybe even a mother's tribute to a child they lost.

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