Jeff Burke submitted this report on researching his latest U.S. type coin acquisition. Thanks.
Thanks also to Julian Leidman of Bonanza Coins for use of the photos.
"Morgan Dollar Bibliography Note"
Since I wrote about my Lincoln Cent hunt in the July 19, 2020 issue of The E-Sylum, I have continued my search of high-grade, well-struck and inexpensive type coins by seeking to add a mint state Morgan dollar to my collection. Before launching my Morgan dollar treasure hunt, I watched an ANA recorded webinar – "Collecting and Investing in Morgan Dollars: A Comprehensive Approach," taught by John Baumgart and Dr. Michael S. Fey earlier this year. I also reread sections of Girl on a Silver Dollar, Roger W. Burdette, 2019; The Private Sketchbook of George T. Morgan, Karen M. Lee, 2013; The Complete Virtual Guide to Pricing Your Morgan Silver Dollars (1878-1921), Dr. Michael Fey, 2019; Numismatic Photography, Mark Goodman, 2008; A Guide Book of Morgan Silver Dollars, Q. David Bowers, 2006; and Pleasure & Profit: 100 Lessons for Building and Selling a Collection of Rare Coins, Robert W. Shippee, 2014.
I narrowed down my target coin to an 1880-S or 1881-S Morgan dollar. According to David Bowers, these particular pieces are among the most well-struck, plentiful, and beautiful coins in the series (see Bowers, Guide Book, pp. 135, 141).
I prefer Morgan dollars in mint state with frosty snow white surfaces. Recently, I have come to appreciate naturally toned Morgan dollars in beautiful colors as well as prooflike specimens. I studied numerous coins online before making my selection. I finally decided to purchase an 1880-S NGC MS64+ from Bonanza Coins that I spotted on Collectors Corner.
This wonderous coin arrived in the mail today. I love the golden toning around the periphery of both sides! It is an unusual piece that lacks the excessive bag marks of so many cartwheels.
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
JEFF BURKE'S NEW 1909 V.D.B. LINCOLN CENT
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