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Coins Certified as of 6/30

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

Sunnywood's "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" Toned Morgans - 24th

Current Statistics
Rank 24
Weighted GPA 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$1MS66526557The popular "8TF" (eight tail feathers) variety marks the first adopted rev...
70741878 7TF$1MS65618681158139Very pretty classic rainbow bag toning highlighted by emerald hues graces t...
70781878 7/8TF$1MS653292657347Lovely album toning of orange, rose, pink, blue and teal graces the obverse...
70801878-CC$1MS663023831638The unusual patchwork of green and rose colors on this coin are likely the ...
70821878-S$1MS66708109730112A beautifully and originally toned piece, this coin shows classic concentri...
70841879$1MS661963920039This 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$1MS6421525452219555Not only is this the most exceptionally colored 1879-O that we have ever se...
70921879-S$1MS6714632161520222A stellar superb gem classic banded rainbow toner. This type of toning is ...
70961880$1MS661711118211A date that is often found with blue and rose toning, here is an exceptiona...
71001880-CC$1MS668201231069180A beautiful example of crescent rainbow bag toning, which is the result of ...
71141880-O$1MS6413821731571188The first of an exceptional group of toned Morgan dollars purchased from th...
71181880-S$1MS682072323125One of the highlights of Sunnywood's "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" toned Mor...
71241881$1MS6511652331187234A very beautiful and colorful album-toned piece from Sanders Trading Co., t...
71261881-CC$1MS6615003561600372A monster bag-toned example of this classic date from the GSA sales of Cqar...
71281881-O$1MS656958972189Truly a monster toned 1881-O, this PQ gem is the best of five colorful exam...
71301881-S$1MS6813951455Considered by some enthusiasts to be the ultimate finest toned Morgan known...
71321882$1MS663334333743It is surprisingly difficult to find an attractively toned '82-P dollar at ...
71341882-CC$1MS6612982171507240Classic rainbow bag toning graces the obverse of this Carson City dollar. ...
71361882-O$1MS659401041016108The last of the early New Orleans issues less commonly seen with toning, th...
71401882-S$1MS67880134885135Featured on the front of the color brochure prepared by PCGS for the displa...
71421883$1MS66957285973288Another classic banded rainbow toned dollar, this time from the Philadelphi...
71441883-CC$1MS6620934692420518Another classic rainbow coin from the GSA hoard, this '83-CC features full ...
71461883-O$1MS66794141835143Another monster rainbow bag-toner, this is absolutely the best toned 1883-O...
71481883-S$1MS65154156A rare coin in true gem condition, this absolutely original 1883-S is diffi...
71501884$1MS66488148506151Collectors of toned morgans know that 1884 is a date that is very seldom fo...
71521884-CC$1MS6617303301996351This is a really beautiful rainbow-toned CC dollar, whose rainbow palette i...
71541884-O$1MS65145191878150701988Heavy 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$1MS6614502471606266An interesting addition to the Sunnywood Collection, this 1885 is notable f...
71601885-CC$1MS6611292121253239A spectacular '85-CC, this coin features 100% obverse rainbow bag toning wi...
71621885-O$1MS672821828418For 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$1MS6628255812935595A simply extraordinary 1886 dollar from the famed "Battle Creek" group of o...
71681886-O$1MS642163721938This 1886-O dollar sports a vivid 20% obverse bag-toned rainbow crecent con...
71701886-S$1MS653246036666A beautiful original album-toned piece with an excellent strike, frosted de...
71721887$1MS6616082351751245A gorgeous blast of vibrant reds, yellows and greens; one of the finest ton...
71761887-O$1MS6426805143030556The 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$1MS653688100338361034This is a classic example of what is known as a "blueberry" - an album-tone...
71841888-O$1MS662892831030A 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$1MS663464535745While colorfully toned examples of the 1889-P issue can be located, they ar...
71901889-CC$1MS6298125192229One of the "big five" toughest dates in the series, the 1889-CC is generall...
71921889-O$1MS652232823430This is a date that does not often come with color, nor a full strike, nor ...
71941889-S$1MS65698115709119Wow, where do coins like this come from? An incredible find; with yellows,...
71961890$1MS6441907784366811A really wonderful bag-toned coin; the colors on this piece progress in hue...
71981890-CC$1MS653343637839Along with the Carson City issues of 1889 and 1893, the 1890-CC is quite di...
72001890-O$1MS656676572372Here 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$1MS651661017010The first of four difficult Philadelphia mint issues (1891-1894), this coin...
72061891-CC$1MS656206065566An 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$1MS653023931039The "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$1MS6310776261102630This is not the highest-graded '93-CC that we could find, but the multi-col...
72241893-O$1MS648688611A 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$1MS643486534865A beautiful companion piece to the 1893-O in this set, the present piece re...
72321894-S$1MS651532615526Another 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$1MS644279446699The 1895-S is a very difficult date with or without toning. We consider it...
72401896$1MS672112621526We just love this coin !! While the luster is somewhat subdued under the h...
72421896-O$1MS62607360617361While we would like to include a choice or better example of this issue in ...
72441896-S$1MS64481119485122Here is another wildly colored unusual S-mint. We considered this coin to ...
72461897$1MS663847641278The 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$1MS663036634673This is the third of a special trio of San Francisco coins that Sunnywood b...
72521898$1MS65243199726241037These vivid bands of rainbow colors would be a "wow" on any date in this se...
72541898-O$1MS6723442385Long-time toned Morgan dealer Andy Kimmel (Paragon Coin Company) has pronou...
72561898-S$1MS654499946199The 1898-S, like all the "S" mints after 1882, is a tough date with attract...
72581899$1MS662824630346A 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$1MS66742138757138Here is another date that is common enough without color, but rather diffic...
72661900-O$1MS6610381741196182This pretty 1900-O features Miss Liberty blushing with a rose cheek highlig...
72701900-S$1MS661121411715San Francisco Morgans are an interesting group. The early dates are common...
72721901$1MS631234012540Here is an excellent example of a Sunnywood coin. The 1901 is not only the...
72741901-O$1MS665274354243The "O" mints from 1898 through 1902 are easier to find with nice colorful ...
72761901-S$1MS652824228843For reasons that we can only guess, the 1901-S dollar is an unheralded stop...
72781902$1MS665677057670Another premium gem quality toner acquired from J. Kelly's "Toned Dollars" ...
72801902-O$1MS66623104639105An 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$1MS67932932The 1903 dollar only occasionally turns up with nice color, usually in MS64...
72861903-O$1MS66668118678119The 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$1MS652993630136This 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$1MS651392314224Yet another tough "S"-mint, the 1904-S dollar is considerably more difficul...
72961921$1MS6550666845112691Most 1921 dollars are either untoned, or have mottled unattractive toning. ...
72981921-D$1MS663786938069While its Philadelphia and San Francisco counterparts are notoriously diffi...
73001921-S$1MS6510601411063141While all of the 1921 issues are difficult to find with attractive color, p...