Mike 's Blog

28 Dec 2020


Coins | Mike

Hi everyone! This is a short blog on the man who made what some called America's coin. George T. Morgan. No he was not born here he was born on November24,1845. He lived a good life . He passed on January 4,1925. His original home was in Bilston Staffordshire England. He was winning all sorts of awards designing coin and medals.

The question remains how did he get here. He didn't decide one day and say I'm going to America. How he arrived here because of the good graces of the Director of the Royal Mint Charles W. Fremantle. He received a letter from the Director of the United States mint.H.R.Lieberman asking him if he could send a die sinker to the states. Our coinage was not the best. He even said that to Mr.Fremantle . He immediately thought of one and only one. George.T. Morgan.

Now he asked Mr. Morgan he did not hesitate. However there were two engravers at the U.S. Mint that were not happy to here this. Mr. William Barber and Mr. Charles Barber. They started a campaign to keep Mr. Morgan out of the mint. They wrote letters demanded meetings. But while this was going Mr. Morgan was already in his way. He came to the U.S. on the ship The Illinois September 27,1876. And things only got worse.

You see Me William Barber said there was no place for him to work at the mint. There was no love lost with this man. He had Mr. Morgan work at a rooming house !! Can you believe this. He worked at 3727 Chestnut St. But Morgan didn't care . You see everyone new that the Barbers were doing private projects in the side and filling his pockets. These two men were not liked very much.

Well the rest we basically know. Mr. Morgan developed the dollar . His model was a Philadelphia school teacher named Anna Williams. She sat five times for Mr. Morgan . She was recommended by Thomas Eakins an artist. They made so many Morgan dollars that in 1918 they melted re 270 million coins as a loan to England. I say it was a way of saying thanks for sending Mr. Morgan. The G.S.A. hoard had a big affect on the prices of the coin.

He Passed away in his home at 6320 McCallum St.in Germantown. He did become chief engraver after Charles Barber died. That part was very unfair.
I hope you enjoyed this small blog. To those who gave me the award on 12, 25,2020 I will blog about it once it's framed. Thanks to all of you. Mike b
The G.S.A. hoard is there please enlarge all the pictures. The MS 66 Morgan is mine I call her the Ice Lady. You see New Orleans did make good coins. I took many pictures of this coin and they all came out the same way like she was like in ice! Remember this was about how he arrived here not his life story.!!

One thing that bothers me is a coin such such luster a terrific grade MS 66 when I entered it in my Registry set is only worth 290.00. According to NGC. That my friends with a strike like that is stealing.. The Red book don't go to MS. 66. It's blank. So I know the mintage no. But its easy to look up. Besides mintage has nothing on a strike like this. One of a kind. Thanks. Mintage was 11 million plus. .



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Nice article with great history lesson even if it shows the pettiness of humans at its highest.

Charles wasn't on board with "attacking" Morgan and trying to prevent him from being at the mint, William was. The Numismatist article by John Frost "re-imagining the Barbers" showed this. Morgan had excellent works of art. I didn't like his use of gothic lettering, and the eagle's neck was a bit wonky. but I still love the design! Thanks Mike!


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It turns out Nub is is right. But because of his comment history came to a complete circle. . Conder tokens have some experts in designing and making dies. P. Kempson was one and Wyon was another. Well I went back to the book and found a few lines. G.T. Morgan the great die sinker and sculpture studied under a direct descendant of Wyon. !!! Wow.!! So Morgan studied under one of the great relatives of the 1700's. ! Thanks Nub! That says so so much.!th you are right. IT WAS THE FATHER WHO WROTE THE LETTERS TO THE DIRECTER OF THE MINT. BUT YOU CAN BET BOTH TALKED ABOUT IT..this is why I read all my comments


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Morgan was an interesting and talented man


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Thanks Mike. You have educated me again. This is outside of my collecting area but I enjoyed reading it.


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Nicely done Mike that is one sweet Morgan. I knew that there was bad blood between Morgan and the Barbers, but not much more. I think they were also responsible for the issue of the initials VDB on the Lincoln cent although I could be wrong. History paints them as petty, egotistical men. Finally, like Golfer, I have one particular Morgan to have graded because it was my Great Grandfather's gift to my Grandfather, his birth year coin, only for sentimental reasons. The rest are not grading worthy. Enjoyed this one as usual, thanks Mike! Later.


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I'd love to own a GSA Morgan example. Great blog and as only you can do Mike, a wonderful history lesson on Morgan! A very interesting character indeed ; )


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Very fascinating. I knew very little about Morgan. Ive said before that I need to start an album/registry of morgans, but I dont have the money haha! Numismatics is difficult with a budget nearing 0. Cheers, NM

I. R. Bama

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@ Numismaster=====> "When still seas conspire in armour, true sailing is dead!- Jim Morrison. Yep when the budget is down so is the collecting....


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Wonderful blog. Most of us know of Morgan but there is always more to learn. This blog is no exception. Personally I like "O" Morgan's. The seem to tone the best. Thanks for that amazing chart. Great job. Thanks.


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Those numbers comparing the GSA hoard with the mintage numbers is crazy! I think it is really cool that you named your morgan dollar. Before I was a collector my mom gave me a morgan dollar that she got from her grandfather, who was a numismatist. That morgan is one of the reasons I started collecting. Maybe I should give her a name. Thanks for the great blog, and stay safe!

The MoKe

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I used to own four GSA Carson City Dollars but sold the all in one of my several coin purges in the last 50 years. Regret not keeping one, but they did help pay for my Honeymoon so well worth the cost, even under present circumstances. (: Thanks for the wonderful blog, Mike.

I. R. Bama

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Thanks for an interesting blog


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Thanks for another great blog! You learned me something new!


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I have a few Morgan silver dollars, but nothing rare. My favorite Morgans are the Uncirculated ones I acquired early in my collection days. I sent a few of them off to ANACS for grading, not because I thought they would grade high, but just because of the sentimental value. Morgan dollars in any grade are just nice to look at and hold ! Thank you Mr Morgan ! And Anna Williams! Thank you Mr. Mike B. !


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I have an MS-66 1898-O Morgan Dollar like yours. I also own six of the GSA Morgans. Your GSA hoard figures are fascinating to me because the sudden flood of GSA's on the coin market made many of the CC Morgans affordable. Mr. Morgan will forever be associated with the dollar bearing his name. It is unfortunate because the Morgan Dollar overshadows much of Morgan's work, particularly several of the classic commemorative coins he was accredited to have designed.

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