My Morgan Collection - the best of the rest
I think this will be my last multi-coin post from my Morgan collection. I am close to completing a couple of other sets but the last few pieces seem to take years to find (so I may have to cheat like I did with the Morgans).
Anyway, here are my five favorite dollars that I don’t presently consider part of my main set:
My first monster! I bought this coin around 17 years ago. It was $1100 which was insane at the time for a 63 but I just couldn’t put it down. This came from Brandon Kelley/Anaconda. Man they had some great stuff back then. It is the nicest reverse toner I have seen in person and it easily beat my other three 80-S Morgans (graded 65, 65PL, and 66!) in an Instagram poll I ran. I also happen to think the reverse image is one of the best coin pictures I've ever taken even though it was just with an older model iPhone on my kitchen counter.
I absolutely love the richness of the colors on this coin. It reminds me quite a bit of a coin I won at auction that got lost in the mail. Finding a PL toner that looks great at all angles is actually difficult (they are usually duller head-on because of the mirrors) but this one doesn’t have that problem.
This is the current record holder for the most expensive coin I’ve ever bought, and it is amazing. I wish I could show a video here. 10 luster and 10 color. As deep and rich as any toner I’ve ever seen. It has some chatter that limits the grade but it is well-hidden by the toning and the cheek is very clean. I was watching this coin when it was auctioned as part of the Lava Skylight collection at Great Collections but I had no idea how nice it would be from the pictures. After seeing a video, I ended up buying it from the winner.
This was a Battle Creek and @AuroraBorealis coin. It is a deeply toned 3rd/4th cycle coin with a rare combination of textile and a crescent. I bought this at the same time as the 79-O that was in my top 5. The 1886 that is in my main set was also from the AB collection. I bought that one at auction, rather than from Wayne directly but it carries the AuroraBorealis label.
Should I have stated up front that my favorite color is green? This one came from the Continental Bank Hoard. It has incredibly rich satiny luster and some textile on the cheek. Again, this is actually a better toner than the one in my main Morgan set (The 1886 competition was the closest) but it is a lower grade so I count it primarily as a toned coin.