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Pattern or regular issue Morgan dollar? Collector wants to know.

Posted: Sun May 17, 2020 4:29 pm
by RogerB
Well, OK --- this was 129 years ago, but it's still an interesting letter from someone who was an ordinary coin collector for many decades.
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Dear Sir,
I have had made to me an offer of sale for an 1878 Bland Dollar 7 feathers in the eagle’s tail, three leaves on the end of the branch that is held by the eagle, i.e., it looks something like this [sketch] instead of [sketch], or three bunches of three leaves each.

Will you kindly inform me whether this coin bearing the 3 leaves only; was an error in the regular issue or simply a pattern piece of rejected design. Your answer will oblige. The piece is to be sold soon and I desire to know as soon as possible or I will lose chance.
Yours respectfully,
Giles R. Anderson

Re: Pattern or regular issue Morgan dollar? Collector wants to know.

Posted: Sun May 17, 2020 4:43 pm
by lioncutter
I wonder if Superintendent responded.
It sounds like it is referring to a pattern piece that is shown in the book Comprehensive Catalogue & Encyclopedia of U.S. Morgan and Peace Silver Dollars (1977 edition) on page 49, figure 5. It resembles what is described in the letter.
Thanks for the interesting letter.

Re: Pattern or regular issue Morgan dollar? Collector wants to know.

Posted: Sun May 17, 2020 5:27 pm
by RogerB
A reply has not been found; but, letters sent by the Philadelphia Mint Superintendent have not been digitized.

Re: Pattern or regular issue Morgan dollar? Collector wants to know.

Posted: Sun May 17, 2020 6:09 pm
by mikev50
interesting--how about some pictures--

Re: Pattern or regular issue Morgan dollar? Collector wants to know.

Posted: Sun May 17, 2020 6:15 pm
by mikev50

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Posted: Sun May 17, 2020 6:30 pm
by vampicker
The guy from 129 years ago is asking. Roger knows the difference,

Great letter!

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Posted: Sun May 17, 2020 7:02 pm
by messydesk
"... simply a pattern piece of rejected design," almost makes it sound like a pattern would have been something the potential buyer wasn't really interested in. It would be cool if searching the NNP auction catalog archives actually turned up a 7TF pattern (nowadays J-1550) in the sale of the collection of one Giles Anderson.

Re: Pattern or regular issue Morgan dollar? Collector wants to know.

Posted: Sun May 17, 2020 8:31 pm
by RogerB
Anderson was of modest means - like most coin collectors of his, or any, era. In 1885 he was a bookkeeper at the paraffin company and by 1891 he had been promoted to a secretarial position. His name first appears in 1885 and is last seen in 1922....but not everything has been digitized, so he might have begin collecting earlier and stopped later than those dates.
J-1550A, reverse below ---
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[From "Girl on the Silver Dollar." Courtesy Heritage Auctions HA.com]