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Coins Certified as of 7/30

Morgan Dollars Basic Set, Circulation Strikes (1878-1921): Sunnywood's "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" Toned Morgans

Sunnywood's "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" Toned Morgans - 23rd

Current Statistics
Rank 23
GPA with Top Pop Bonuses 65.057
Complete 100.00%
Set Rating 65.057
Retired Statistics (12/8/2009)
Rank 16
Weighted GPA 65.023
Complete 100.00%
Set Rating 65.023
Sunnywood's Sets

About this set: ** Many thanks to PCGS for honoring this set as "Best Exhibited Set" for 2009!! ** Highlighted by the amazing Eliasberg 1893-S and Norweb 1895-O dollars, the finest known 1892-O and 1903-S dollars (both ex Eliasberg), and a number of "monster-toned" MS67 and MS68 coins, the Sunnywood Collection includes this complete Registry set plus many equally beautiful duplicates. The goal of this endeavor was to show the numismatic community that Morgans can be collected with originality and color, and need not be dipped "blast white." Specifically, the owner has sought to collect gem-quality Morgan dollars with colorful natural toning on the obverse. Sunnywood has tried to strike a balance between color and technical grade; thus Registry ranking has sometimes been sacrificed for the sake of eye appeal. Each toned coin has a very distinctive appearance and personality that results from its decades of history. The result is a fascinating collection with great eye appeal that was highly challenging to assemble. Many common dates can be found with dramatic and vibrant multi-colored rainbow Mint bag toning. Among these, there are also coins that can be found with fascinating patterns acquired from contact with the burlap canvas of the Mint bags ("textile toners"), or with roll-paper toning acquired by coins at the ends of bank-wrapped rolls ("end rollers"). For many other dates, however, it becomes a challenge to find any attractive original examples. Some of the rarer dates are virtually unknown in mint state with nice natural color; in those cases original specimens from the great collections such as Eliasberg and Norweb are the Holy Grail. Sunnywood considers the "Basic Set" to be exactly 100 coins: the 97 included here by PCGS, plus the three significant hub varieties (1878 Rev. of '79, 1879-S Rev. of '78, and 1880/79-CC Rev. of '78). Please also be sure to visit our Registry set of duplicates, which offers many additional colorful pieces. It may be found around #138 on the Current Finest list in this category. There are also a few triplicates in a another set down around #276. Thanks for stopping by !!

Sunnywood's "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" Toned Morgans
ImagePCGS No.ItemDenomGradePCGS No. PopPCGS No. Pop HigherTotal PopTotal Pop HigherOwner's Comments
70721878 8TF$1MS66536567The popular "8TF" (eight tail feathers) variety marks the first adopted rev...
70741878 7TF$1MS65626671169139Very pretty classic rainbow bag toning highlighted by emerald hues graces t...
70781878 7/8TF$1MS653332657747Lovely album toning of orange, rose, pink, blue and teal graces the obverse...
70801878-CC$1MS663074032140The unusual patchwork of green and rose colors on this coin are likely the ...
70821878-S$1MS66714111737114A beautifully and originally toned piece, this coin shows classic concentri...
70841879$1MS662003920439This is the most amazingly toned gem '79-P on the planet - and we have owne...
70861879-CC$1MS65951111514An important date that is rarely found with beautiful toning, this coin fea...
70901879-O$1MS6421595502225561Not only is this the most exceptionally colored 1879-O that we have ever se...
70921879-S$1MS6714712171528223A stellar superb gem classic banded rainbow toner. This type of toning is ...
70961880$1MS661761118711A date that is often found with blue and rose toning, here is an exceptiona...
71001880-CC$1MS668271231077180A beautiful example of crescent rainbow bag toning, which is the result of ...
71141880-O$1MS6413901761580192The first of an exceptional group of toned Morgan dollars purchased from th...
71181880-S$1MS682062323025One of the highlights of Sunnywood's "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" toned Mor...
71241881$1MS6511762341198235A very beautiful and colorful album-toned piece from Sanders Trading Co., t...
71261881-CC$1MS6615063551607372A monster bag-toned example of this classic date from the GSA sales of Cqar...
71281881-O$1MS657019172891Truly a monster toned 1881-O, this PQ gem is the best of five colorful exam...
71301881-S$1MS6814261486Considered by some enthusiasts to be the ultimate finest toned Morgan known...
71321882$1MS663414334443It is surprisingly difficult to find an attractively toned '82-P dollar at ...
71341882-CC$1MS6613132211525244Classic rainbow bag toning graces the obverse of this Carson City dollar. ...
71361882-O$1MS659491061025110The last of the early New Orleans issues less commonly seen with toning, th...
71401882-S$1MS67892137897138Featured on the front of the color brochure prepared by PCGS for the displa...
71421883$1MS66964292980295Another classic banded rainbow toned dollar, this time from the Philadelphi...
71441883-CC$1MS6621054742430524Another classic rainbow coin from the GSA hoard, this '83-CC features full ...
71461883-O$1MS66797144839146Another monster rainbow bag-toner, this is absolutely the best toned 1883-O...
71481883-S$1MS65164166A rare coin in true gem condition, this absolutely original 1883-S is diffi...
71501884$1MS66491154509157Collectors of toned morgans know that 1884 is a date that is very seldom fo...
71521884-CC$1MS6617483332016352This is a really beautiful rainbow-toned CC dollar, whose rainbow palette i...
71541884-O$1MS65145461892150992002Heavy thick intense rainbow colors make this common date toner a powerful s...
71561884-S$1MS64113113Here is a beautiful original coin that easily reaches the upper end of the ...
71581885$1MS6614552491611268An interesting addition to the Sunnywood Collection, this 1885 is notable f...
71601885-CC$1MS6611372131262241A spectacular '85-CC, this coin features 100% obverse rainbow bag toning wi...
71621885-O$1MS672821928419For the more common dates in the series, Sunnywood has had many coins to ch...
71641885-S$1MS655386855469This visually stunning representative of the '85-S issue must be seen in ha...
71661886$1MS6628295872939601A simply extraordinary 1886 dollar from the famed "Battle Creek" group of o...
71681886-O$1MS642193722238This 1886-O dollar sports a vivid 20% obverse bag-toned rainbow crecent con...
71701886-S$1MS653235936565A beautiful original album-toned piece with an excellent strike, frosted de...
71721887$1MS6616152381759248A gorgeous blast of vibrant reds, yellows and greens; one of the finest ton...
71761887-O$1MS6426965213047564The distinctive and beautiful banded rainbow bag toning found on this coin ...
71801887-S$1MS66284304A subtle and beautiful original toned coin with soft greys, blues and pinks...
71821888$1MS653712101738611048This is a classic example of what is known as a "blueberry" - an album-tone...
71841888-O$1MS662902831230A wildly toned monster end-roller with intense red, orange, green, yellow a...
71861888-S$1MS66286296The 1888-S dollar, like the other "S" mints from 1885 through 1891, becomes...
71881889$1MS663524636346While colorfully toned examples of the 1889-P issue can be located, they ar...
71901889-CC$1MS6298126192230One of the "big five" toughest dates in the series, the 1889-CC is generall...
71921889-O$1MS652232923431This is a date that does not often come with color, nor a full strike, nor ...
71941889-S$1MS65698116709120Wow, where do coins like this come from? An incredible find; with yellows,...
71961890$1MS6442127884388822A really wonderful bag-toned coin; the colors on this piece progress in hue...
71981890-CC$1MS653383638239Along with the Carson City issues of 1889 and 1893, the 1890-CC is quite di...
72001890-O$1MS656756773273Here is an unexpected find, a '90-O with wild neon toning scattered around ...
72021890-S$1MS661813118531This wonderful end-roll toner hails from the same auction consignment as th...
72041891$1MS651681117211The first of four difficult Philadelphia mint issues (1891-1894), this coin...
72061891-CC$1MS656226065766An attractive CC dollar toned with early sunset hues. Careful study reveal...
72081891-O$1MS6511051125A really outstanding 1891-O dollar with a smooth and fully rounded cheek, t...
72101891-S$1MS6691179317A flashy semi-prooflike coin with frosty devices, and peripheral toning tha...
72121892$1MS653034031140The "P" mint business strike Morgan dollars become progressively more diffi...
72141892-CC$1MS66275275This is a simply superb example of this tough late Carson City issue. Alth...
72161892-O$1MS671010The finest known 1892-O dollar; the Eliasberg specimen; the only '92-O grad...
72181892-S$1MS63623923Long respected as the little sister of the 1893-S Morgan, the '92-S is a ve...
72201893$1MS652221822218A very difficult date in full gem, especially with original patination. Th...
72221893-CC$1MS6310846261109630This is not the highest-graded '93-CC that we could find, but the multi-col...
72241893-O$1MS648788711A splendid example of this tough date; were it not for the rarity and the c...
72261893-S$1MS655151This is the beautiful Eliasberg specimen, plated in "The 100 Greatest U.S. ...
72281894$1MS65225225One of our favorites in the set, this gem original 1894 dollar displays a f...
72301894-O$1MS643506535065A beautiful companion piece to the 1893-O in this set, the present piece re...
72321894-S$1MS651552615726Another wonderful coin from Jack Kelly's Toned Dollars Collection. This 18...
72361895-O$1MS654545We are thrilled to include this gem 1895-O dollar from the Norweb Collectio...
72381895-S$1MS644269446599The 1895-S is a very difficult date with or without toning. We consider it...
72401896$1MS672122621626We just love this coin !! While the luster is somewhat subdued under the h...
72421896-O$1MS62609361619362While we would like to include a choice or better example of this issue in ...
72441896-S$1MS64483120487123Here is another wildly colored unusual S-mint. We considered this coin to ...
72461897$1MS663857641478The 1897-P Morgan, while quite collectible as a "white" coin, is a somewhat...
72481897-O$1MS6436213821The last of the very tough dates in the run of "O"-mints from the 1890's, t...
72501897-S$1MS663066635073This is the third of a special trio of San Francisco coins that Sunnywood b...
72521898$1MS652435100826291049These vivid bands of rainbow colors would be a "wow" on any date in this se...
72541898-O$1MS6723642405Long-time toned Morgan dealer Andy Kimmel (Paragon Coin Company) has pronou...
72561898-S$1MS65450101463101The 1898-S, like all the "S" mints after 1882, is a tough date with attract...
72581899$1MS662854730647A date that is somewhat difficult to locate with attractive original color....
72601899-O$1MS671371013910The 1899-O is one of several late dates that can be found with beautiful co...
72621899-S$1MS661182012522The 1899-S is another in the run of increasingly difficult late-date "S"-mi...
72641900$1MS66752142767142Here is another date that is common enough without color, but rather diffic...
72661900-O$1MS6610451781203186This pretty 1900-O features Miss Liberty blushing with a rose cheek highlig...
72701900-S$1MS661121511716San Francisco Morgans are an interesting group. The early dates are common...
72721901$1MS631244112641Here is an excellent example of a Sunnywood coin. The 1901 is not only the...
72741901-O$1MS665304554545The "O" mints from 1898 through 1902 are easier to find with nice colorful ...
72761901-S$1MS652874229343For reasons that we can only guess, the 1901-S dollar is an unheralded stop...
72781902$1MS665697257872Another premium gem quality toner acquired from J. Kelly's "Toned Dollars" ...
72801902-O$1MS66628110644111An absolutely beautiful coin pedigreed to two previous owners known for the...
72821902-S$1MS673131Like many of the Eliasberg coins, this is quite likely the finest surviving...
72841903$1MS67942942The 1903 dollar only occasionally turns up with nice color, usually in MS64...
72861903-O$1MS66669120678122The fabled 1903-O dollar was once considered the premier rarity of the Morg...
72881903-S$1MS673131The better half of a match-toned pair of original superb gem Eliasberg Morg...
72901904$1MS653013630336This coin was a lucky find during the early days of forming the Sunnywood C...
72921904-O$1MS67470490In the first decade of this series (1878 to 1887), many more silver dollars...
72941904-S$1MS651412414425Yet another tough "S"-mint, the 1904-S dollar is considerably more difficul...
72961921$1MS6550916935137700Most 1921 dollars are either untoned, or have mottled unattractive toning. ...
72981921-D$1MS663797038170While its Philadelphia and San Francisco counterparts are notoriously diffi...
73001921-S$1MS6510651421068142While all of the 1921 issues are difficult to find with attractive color, p...