The Top 6 Morgans From My Set
After I finished all of the write-ups for the main set, it was suggested I do a top 5 favorites list. I couldn’t narrow it down to 5 so let’s go with 6. Here’s a little story about how I acquired each of these coins.
1879-CC MS63+PL CAC
I saw this coin while lot viewing at Stacks. I already had a Capped CC in XF45 but I feel this is an important date in the Morgan series. I wanted both varieties and I was willing to splurge for an MS coin. This one looks fully DMPL to me and in contrast to many 79 or 80-CCs does not have a weird surface quality. I wish I could describe that better, but either way it’s not an issue here. This one is frosty and although it has some chatter the mirrors are very deep and free of haze. It was the most expensive coin I had bought at the time (and is probably now the most valuable) but it went relatively cheap at the time, especially for the quality.
This coin came from the famous @AuroraBorealis collection. I told him that I was particularly interested in toned examples of better dates and he showed me this coin. 79-O Morgans are hardly ever found with color and I already had a 64+ that I liked a lot. (That one has a fantastic bowl luster that is highly unusual for any New Orleans coin.) This one is still miles better. Wayne calls it Triple Treat for the repeated crescent pattern. It is a near twin for another coin on this list.
1881-S MS67 CAC
This is a tough call because I have a “duplicate” 81-S that is actually even nicer, but this is a 67 so it’s the one I consider to be part of my Morgan set rather than in my toned collection. This is a Northern Lights coin, but I didn’t buy it in the auction. A few months later I was emailing with Laura and she offered me three coins from the sale that the original buyer was looking to resell. I knew I loved the coin but I was a touch hesitant because it was the most expensive one I had ever bought at the time (since passed by a few others on this list). That feeling prevented me from buying another of the three that later resold for significantly more.
1885-O MS64+ CAC
I knew about this coin from having seen it on collectivecoin.com where it was owned by forum member @cameonut2011. That site has a ranking of the most viewed coins and for a while this was number 1. I finally got to see it in person at a Legend lot viewing (now sporting a plus grade) and I was blown away. I believe this has the best color of any Morgan in my collection. I feel lucky to have won it for a relatively good price, too. I have an 85-O in 66* and I believe in every other instance I picked the higher grade for my set but this one was just too nice.
1889 MS65+ CAC
A Legend representative texted me a picture of this coin after it came in but before it went to CAC and was put in an auction. I was immediately smitten. 1889 is by no means common with color but there are actually quite a few nicely toned Morgans of this date. However, I hadn’t (and still haven’t) seen anything approaching this level of saturated color. I won this coin at exactly my top bid and I feel extremely lucky that it held!
1904-O MS67 CAC
This is a slightly more interesting story than the 1889. I have a 1904-O in 64DMPL that I really enjoy but I also have a toned 20th century type set and I wanted a knockout coin for that. I was narrowly outbid on this coin at auction twice! The first time (and I had completely forgotten about this sale until I was looking at some old bid history last week) the coin was in a 66 holder with no sticker. It went for a bit over $5K. The second time, only a few months later it sold for north of $15K in a 67 CAC holder. Roadrunner bought it but just a few months after that sold many (all?) of his toned coins and I picked it up, finally, for about $9K.
I would love to see other people create threads with their top 5 (or 6 ) coins from their sets! Or just show a favorite or two here!