Today, most collectors know George T. Morgan for his legendary Morgan Silver Dollar and his designs for commemoratives and medals. But many of his designs were struck as pattern coins and never released for circulation — including his 1879 Schoolgirl Dollar, which is today among the most celebrated and sought-after American coinage patterns. 2019 marked the 140th anniversary of this design, and so the Smithsonian® authorized a limited release of one-ounce copper proofs featuring Morgan’s design.
The Morgan Dollar That Never Was
Featuring a portrait of a young girl wearing a single strand of pearls, a youthful Lady Liberty is shown facing left, her hair tied with a ribbon. The word LIBERTY is inscribed in her hair band. The “Schoolgirl” name was coined by Harlan P. Smith and David Proskey, owners of the New York Coin and Stamp Company, for an 1891 auction catalogue offering a collection that included one of these coins. Just nine original pattern coins were ever struck, and they have sold for between $37,375 and $63,250 at auction!
Each 1879–2019 Smithsonian One-Ounce Copper Morgan Schoolgirl Proof was expertly crafted by the mint from hand-selected planchets, polished dies and multiple strikes to produce beautifully frosted details rising over mirror-like fields. In addition, each proof will be sonically sealed in a protective holder with an exclusive Smithsonian® label.
Don’t miss this opportunity to secure one of history’s most sought-after designs. Click the 1879–2019 Smithsonian One-Ounce Copper Morgan Schoolgirl Proof to your cart today!
A MORGAN DOLLAR THAT NEVER WAS – Many of U.S. Mint engraver George T. Morgan’s coin designs were struck as pattern coins and never released for circulation. One such pattern is his 1879 Schoolgirl Dollar, which is today among the most celebrated and sought-after American coinage patterns.
OFFICIALLY AUTHORIZED BY THE SMITHSONIAN – The Smithsonian® officially authorized the striking of these proofs to honor the 140th anniversary of the 1879 Morgan Schoolgirl Pattern Dollar. Only a handful of original Schoolgirl pattern coins exist, and one is a treasured piece of the Smithsonian’s National Numismatic Collection.
STRUCK IN SHIMMERING COPPER – This commemorative release was struck in 25.1 grams of copper and measures 38.6 mm in diameter.
GORGEOUS PROOF CONDITION – Your 1879–2019 Smithsonian One-Ounce Copper Morgan Schoolgirl Proof was crafted from hand-selected planchets, polished dies and multiple strikes to produce frosted details rising over mirror-like fields.
George T. Morgan’s famous “Schoolgirl” Dollar is among the most sought-after American coinage patterns. Now you can add this brilliant design to your collection thanks to this officially authorized Smithsonian® copper proof. Don’t delay; order yours before they’re gone!