MS-68! 1886 Morgan Silver $1 NGC MS68 - $6,950. Click on Coin Image to
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George T. Morgan designed the dollar.
He was born on January 4, 1845 in Birmingham, England.
Morgan attended the Birmingham Art School and won a
scholarship to the South Kensington Art School. He worked
as an assistant under the Wyons at the British Royal
Mint. In 1876 Morgan immigrated to the United States
and was hired as an assistant to William Barber at the
United States Mint. Morgan reported directly to Mint
Director Henry R. Linderman, whose office was moved
to Washington D.C. in 1873, no doubt upsetting Engraver
Barber and his son, Assistant Engraver, Charles Barber.
Morgan was involved in the production
of pattern coins from 1877 until his death in 1925.
He designed varieties of the 1877 half dollar, the “Schoolgirl”
dollar of 1879, and the “Shield Earring”
coins of 1882. He became the seventh Chief Engraver
in 1917 with the death of Charles E. Barber. Today,
Morgan is most known for his design of the Morgan Dollar
of 1878 to 1921.
A recently found, although never released
design was for the $100 Gold Union. By some standards
his career was a disappointment. He was an Assistant
Engraver for over forty years and during that time designed
only one regular issued United States coin, the famous
Morgan Dollar. In 1917 Charles Barber died. Morgan,
at age 72, finally became Chief Engraver.