The “Forgotten” Coins of the Famous 1960s Treasury Hoard
One of the most significant elements of the Morgan Silver Dollar series didn’t occur until 40 years after the series ended! It was the during the Treasury Hoard release of the 1960s, when bags of vintage Morgans were revealed and sold to the public. Prior to this release, the 1898-O and 1904-O Morgans — both struck in 90% silver at the New Orleans Mint — were incredibly scarce coins. If only we had known! This set contains one of each coin in Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) condition, housed together in a deluxe case with a booklet on the Morgan Silver Dollar and storybooks on the New Orleans Mint and the Treasury Hoard.
AMERICA’S MOST POPULAR COIN – The Morgan Silver Dollar – so named for its designer, U.S. Mint Assistant Engraver George T. Morgan – has stood the test of time. Struck from 1878-1904 and again in 1921, it was the coin of America’s “Wild West” and jingled in the coin purses of gamblers, gunfighters, soldiers and dance hall girls.
BIG SILVER COINS – Struck in 26.73 grams of 90% silver, the Morgan Silver Dollar is a big coin 38.1 mm in diameter. When this coin was plunked down on a counter, its weight meant real money, pure and simple.
CLASSIC DESIGNS – Morgan’s historic design depicts a profile of Lady Liberty on the obverse while the reverse features an eagle with outstretched wings. The model used for Liberty was Miss Anna Williams of Philadelphia, who Morgan declared to have the most perfect feminine profile he had ever seen.
FAMOUS “O” MINT MARK – The New Orleans Mint is famous for being the only American mint to be controlled by three different governing bodies during its lifetime. It was first governed by the United States of America, then the State of Louisiana when it seceded from the Union prior to the Civil War, and finally the Confederate States of America following the onset of the war. The United States regained possession in 1862. The famous “O” mint mark on the reverse of these coins is a living reminder of this historic mint’s epic history.
BRILLIANT UNCIRCULATED CONDITION – Each coin in your 1898–1904-O Morgan Silver Dollar Two-Piece Set will come in Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) condition.
THE CASE OF THE DISAPPEARING MORGANS – While millions of Morgan Silver Dollars were struck from 1878 through 1921, massive silver meltings and the ravages of time have taken their toll. Today coin experts believe that only 15% of all Morgans ever struck remain in existence!
The total amount of Morgan Silver Dollars has seen significant evaporation into both collections and the melting pot. Once our supply of these 1898 and 1904 O-Mint Morgans disappears, it might be gone for good. Don't wait any longer to secure yours now!
Nearly everybody with even a passing interest in Silver Dollars has come across a reference to the Pittman Act of 1918. But, beyond the dry, historical reference to a bill passed over ninety years ago lurks something huge. Something that forever changed the face of coin collecting. Something that, to this very day, impacts each and every Morgan Silver Dollar that has survived. In 1918, Great Britain…
Early Life of George T. Morgan
In 1845, George T. Morgan was born in Bilston, Staffordshire, England. During his adolescence and early adulthood, he was educated at the Birmingham Art School, and then was granted a national scholarship to the South Kensington Art School. He continued his education at the South Kensington School for two years where he received numerous awards and prizes. While in England…