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My Morgan Collection - the best of the rest

david3142david3142 Posts: 3,312 ✭✭✭✭✭
edited May 20, 2022 6:56PM in U.S. Coin Forum

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:

1880-S MS63*

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.

1881-S MS64PL

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.

1881-S MS64
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.

1886 MS64

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.

1887 MS65+*

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.



  • U1chicagoU1chicago Posts: 5,335 ✭✭✭✭✭

    A lovely best of the rest!

    You can copy the link from Instagram into your post as one method to show a video on here.

  • U1chicagoU1chicago Posts: 5,335 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Here's the video for that 81-S @david3142

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  • FloridafacelifterFloridafacelifter Posts: 1,057 ✭✭✭✭✭

    That’s a pretty sick Morgan you’ve got there- cool Green Goblin with pink hair highlights. Love it!

  • david3142david3142 Posts: 3,312 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited May 20, 2022 7:33PM

    @U1chicago said:
    Here's the video for that 81-S

    Sweet! I’ll do that for the others. Thanks for the tip!

  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @david3142... I recall seeing at least one of those in Wayne's collection as he acquired them. He used to post them here as he built that set. Cheers, RickO

  • gumby1234gumby1234 Posts: 5,172 ✭✭✭✭✭

    That 87 is a beauty. They all are but I really like the 87.

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    Great looking coins again. Nice way to start my Saturday. I also love that deep green and magenta toning.

  • david3142david3142 Posts: 3,312 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Alright, let’s try a video link here for the 1887:

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  • AUandAGAUandAG Posts: 24,349 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Very nice and to think that back in the 60's if we opened a bag an saw these they would have been "cleaned". I worked in the hard count room of a casino and customers did not like these "dirty" coins so they all got the bath, so to say. Can't say how many I cleaned in four years, but it's certainly in the thousands. I was not a dollar collector back then.
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    Awesome! Thank you for sharing!

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    Those are each gorgeous!

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  • WalkerfanWalkerfan Posts: 8,668 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Beautiful toners!!

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  • kazkaz Posts: 9,012 ✭✭✭✭✭

    thanks for showing us those coins, they are really beautiful and the videos show the amazing combination of colors and cartwheeling luster.

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  • SeattleSlammerSeattleSlammer Posts: 9,940 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I love that despite all the rare dates, your priciest coin is a MS64 81-S 😆 …. I’ve seen that coin in-hand too and it’s quite something.

    Still for toners I prefer the look of the NGC 64PL based on your vid.


  • joeykoinsjoeykoins Posts: 14,590 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited May 22, 2022 12:02PM

    What a group, dude!

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  • david3142david3142 Posts: 3,312 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @SeattleSlammer said:
    I love that despite all the rare dates, your priciest coin is a MS64 81-S 😆 …. I’ve seen that coin in-hand too and it’s quite something.

    Still for toners I prefer the look of the NGC 64PL based on your vid.


    That’s an excellent (and amusing) point! It is probably not the most valuable at this point but it was easily the most expensive at the time of purchase. I love that NGC 64PL too. (It did make this list, after all). I have a soft spot for rainbow bands.

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