Michael Marotta's Blog

01 Jan 2016

Book Review: The Standish "Coronet Collection" of Morgan Dollars

Coins-United States | Michael Marotta

Morgan Dollar: America's Love Affair with a Legendary Coin Featuring the Coins of the Coronet Collection by Michael "Miles" Standish with John B. Love; Forward by John M. Mercanti. Whitman. 2014. 154 + v pages, 8-1/2 x 11. $29.95.

PCGS ranked this as the finest collection of Morgan Dollars. But this is not a VAM book. Each of these wonderful coins is just an example of an issue - but the highest known grade, including those that are Deep Mirror Prooflike (DMPL). Looking at the numbers on each page, it is astounding how rare certified coins are. 5 million... 8 million... 11 million struck, but only a few thousand certified; and of those only a few hundred are of the highest grades.

Of course, there is more to numismatics than grading. This book provides an insightful - sometimes quirky - history of the Morgan Dollar, placing it in its cultural context. Knowledgeable collectors will identify the goddess on the obverse as Anna Williams of Philadelphia. Perhaps not, says Standish, citing a Coin World article from 2002 that revealed a letter from George Morgan denying that any one model served for Miss Liberty.

This book also delivers an in-depth analysis of pricing as cited in the Red Book.



Level 6

Looks good! You can never have too many books in one's library. Thanks for the review!


Level 5

It is good to have access to these blogs as daily distractions had removed this from memory.


Level 7

Look's like a good book. Since ill never hit the lottery. I'm ten coins away from a yearly set .Do have some years about six of coins from every mint. The highest grade is a ms66! Don't get excited it's not a key date but it is beautiful. No bag mark's! Plenty of luster itt glows. So I said when I hit the power ball,then I'll buy a couple of key date's. Who said you can't dream.


Level 5

seemslike a good book


Level 3

I would second World_Coin_Nut- not a collector myself but would like to check this book out given the chance. Thanks for uploading

Kid Morgans

Level 4

I obviously am obsessed with morgan dollars, so if this book is still on sale,can you tell me where I can buy it, because surprisingly enough, I don't have a catalog reference to morgan dollars, and I'd just love this book!


Level 5

It sounds like a good reference book for Morgan dollar collectors and a good read even for those not specifically collecting Morgans! Thanks.


Level 6

I've been thinking about getting this book. Looks like a good one. Thanks for the review!


Level 5

I'm not a Morgan collector but I would still like to read this.

We use cookies to provide users the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your cookie settings, we'll assume that you agree to receive all cookies on money.org. You may disable cookies at any time using your internet browser configuration. By continuing to use this website, you agree to our privacy policy and terms of use. To learn more about how we use cookies and to review our privacy policy, click here.