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A Brief History of the Guide Book of Morgan Silver Dollars

A Brief History of the Guide Book of Morgan Silver Dollars

By Dennis Tucker – Publisher, Whitman Publishing, LLC ……

Every time the basic cash of the United States are ranked for reputation, the famous Morgan silver greenback rises to the prime of the record. Every single day at Whitman Publishing we see proof of its common attraction. Hobbyists buy hundreds upon hundreds of coin folders, albums, and other holders to store and display their Morgan dollars. We get emails, letters, and telephone calls about the hefty previous cash. Once we go to coin exhibits, collectors and buyers are speaking about them. As we work on annually’s edition of the Guide Book of United States Cash (the “Red Book”), we hear a lot of Morgan greenback observations and market analysis from skilled coin dealers around the nation.

In the meantime, outdoors the lively interest group, the Morgan greenback is one of the “rare coins” that even non-collectors are more likely to find out about. They found one in Grandpa’s cigar field, or saw them for sale in an airline in-flight magazine, or perhaps spent by cowboys in a saloon in a TV Western.

This can be a coin that sparks the creativeness. As soon as it entered the American consciousness it by no means left.

Given this widespread curiosity, it’s straightforward for a publisher to reply the query, “Why make yet another book about Morgan dollars?” Fairly merely, America’s hottest coin deserves as many good books as the pastime group can learn and luxuriate in.

From observing the guide market over the past 14-plus years, I consider that a rising tide lifts all ships in terms of Morgan dollars. Because of the pastime’s longstanding interest in these cash, each new quantity begins out with the potential of a built-in audience. In fact, to be successful a guide has to share helpful info and it helps to be nicely written. From there the appreciative viewers and the evergreen subject mix to create increasingly more excitement over Morgan dollars.

The First Edition of a New Pastime Basic

Q. David Bowers’s Guide Book of Morgan Silver Dollars, billed as “A Complete History and Price Guide” and lately launched in a sixth version, is the hottest reference in the area.

The first version was revealed in 2004. By then Bowers was widely known as a subject-matter skilled (not just on Morgan dollars, but throughout all features of U.S. numismatics). His revealed work on these cash goes back many years; a short record consists of the Comprehensive U.S. Silver Dollar Encyclopedia (1992) and the massively common two-volume Silver Dollars and Commerce Dollars of the United States: A Full Encyclopedia (1993), to not point out quite a few chapters, essays, and articles revealed in different books and in interest journals, newspapers, and magazines.

Updates, and a New Format

The second edition of the Guide Book adopted in 2005 with updated pricing and certified-coin inhabitants knowledge. A new appendix studied the Morgan dollar patterns of 1878.

In 2007 we revealed the third version. By this time the trendy renaissance in numismatic publishing was nicely underway. Not have been black-and-white pictures acceptable to the interest group; the third edition of the Guide Book of Morgan Silver Dollars was revealed in full colour (sure, nuances of colour are noticeable in silver coins; they’re not as colorless as a non-collector may assume). Once more the guide’s coin-by-coin pricing was up to date, reflecting the ever-changing market, and authorized populations captured the newest third-party-grading knowledge. New analysis was included into the manuscript–Morgan dollars are a strong and really lively subject of research with new discoveries frequently being made. The guide’s format and typography have been spruced up to make it as pleasantly readable as attainable and straightforward for the reader to navigate.

Enlargement and New Books in the Subject

The fourth version got here out in 2012. Again absolutely up to date and revised, the new volume added an illustrated appendix of misstruck and error Morgan dollars, showcasing some really outlandish cash together with double strikes and off-centers, together with insight to guide sensible purchases.

What did the pastime group assume of Morgan dollars at this level? The fourth version’s up to date pricing reflected persevering with enthusiasm. Many widespread dates had increased in retail worth by 50 % or extra since the guide’s first version debuted eight years earlier, and uncommon dates and varieties had doubled—or extra—in value. The Morgan greenback remained the King of American Cash.

By the time the Guide Book of Morgan Silver Dollars established itself as the coin’s trendy normal reference, different Whitman books had joined the celebration.

In late 2009 (with a copyright date of 2010) we revealed Carson Metropolis Morgan Dollars: Featuring the Cash of the GSA Hoard, by Adam Crum, Selby Ungar, and Jeff Oxman. “This book begins with the accidental discovery of gold in California in 1848,” we introduced at the guide’s release. “The struggles of adventurers in the Gold Rush . . . the Nevada silver boom of the late 1800s . . . the creation of the Carson City Mint . . . these are some of the rich historical veins that Crum, Ungar, and Oxman mine in Carson City Morgan Dollars.”

Carson City Morgan Dollars was expanded and revised in a second version released in 2011, then up to date to a third version that debuted at the American Numismatic Affiliation’s National Cash Show held in Atlanta in March 2014. Even with its particular concentrate on a subset of Morgan dollars, there was lots of new material to justify the re-creation. It was up to date with further historic pictures, revisions from ongoing analysis, new coin values and certified-coin populations, and recent market commentary.

In November 2012 (copyright date of 2013) Whitman revealed The Personal Sketchbook of George T. Morgan, America’s Silver Greenback Artist, a exceptional new guide made in cooperation with the Smithsonian Establishment. “Today most collectors know Morgan as the father of this legendary silver coin,” we noted. “Some specialists are conversant in his designs for commemoratives and medals, and his vital work in U.S. pattern coins. But who exactly was George T. Morgan? Karen M. Lee, a curator of the Nationwide Numismatic Collection housed at the National Museum of American History, lastly answers that intriguing query.

Introducing Morgan’s never-before-published personal sketchbook, and with unique entry to household pictures and documents, Lee reveals the man behind the coins. The Personal Sketchbook of George T. Morgan is an eye-opening immersion into what Lee calls the designer’s ‘life of art and labor.’” This ebook, like the others mentioned right here, went on to win literary awards.

Subsequent, in 2014, a brand new Whitman ebook was revealed, authored by Michael “Miles” Standish assisted by the analysis/writing staff of Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker. In Morgan Greenback: America’s Love Affair With a Legendary Coin, numerous sections talk about the United States during the Morgan dollar period; the anatomy of the coin’s design; a market research going again to 1946; a year-by-year evaluation of the collection, including Philadelphia, New Orleans, Carson City, Denver, and San Francisco coins; and Morgan dollar Proofs.

Thrilling New Discoveries in the Fifth and Sixth Editions

The fifth version of the Guide Book of Morgan Silver Dollars featured the requisite up to date pricing, a helpful new index, recent illustrations, and the exciting announcement of a startling discovery: info never earlier than revealed, the story of the 1964 Morgan greenback. This made national headlines, stirred up the pastime’s imagination, and acquired individuals talking. Might we have now anticipated something much less from the fantastic and legendary Morgan dollar?

The sixth edition, which debuted in March 2019, continues the ongoing exploration, conversation, and fascination with these basic cash. We now have dramatically elevated our protection of the 1964 Morgan greenback. A new appendix describes a critical menace to the pastime: counterfeit coins. We’ve expanded the index, a helpful device for navigating the e-book. And once more we’ve up to date the coin-by-coin catalog with current pricing and new certified-population knowledge.

The King of American Cash

The Morgan greenback continues to fascinate experienced numismatists and curious laymen alike. It’s linked traditionally to the U.S. Mint’s earliest silver dollars and it’s related to the trendy dollar coins of later generations. Should you study its historical past, design, engraving, production, distribution, and market, you get a richly detailed immersion in each facet of American coinage. The Morgan silver dollar will all the time be the King of American Coins.

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A Guide Book of Morgan Silver Dollars, sixth version
By Q. David Bowers; foreword by Adam Crum
ISBN 0794846424
Softcover, 320 pages, full-color
Retail $19.95 USD

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About Dennis Tucker

Dennis Tucker is the publisher of Whitman Publishing, LLC; numismatic specialist on the Treasury Division’s Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC); and writer of American Gold and Silver: U.S. Mint Collector and Investor Cash and Medals, Bicentennial to Date.

About Whitman Publishing

Whitman Publishing is the world’s main producer of numismatic reference books, provides, and products to display and retailer coins and paper money. The corporate’s high-quality books educate readers in the wealthy, colourful history of American and world coinage and foreign money, and train the right way to build great a set. Archival-quality Whitman folders, albums, instances, and different holders maintain collectibles protected and allow them to be shown off to family and friends.

Whitman Publishing is the Official Provider of the American Numismatic Association (ANA). As a profit of membership in the ANA, members can borrow the Guide Book of Lincoln Cents (and other Whitman books) free of charge from the Affiliation’s library, and in addition obtain 10% off all Whitman purchases.

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