"End of the Trail" VIII - The Number One Finest Set of All Time

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About this set: BOTBOTW: (1878-1921) Morgan Dollar Basic low ball set: The "Ultimate" challenge and goal for this set is to find the best "Low Ball" Morgan dollar from each date and mint. With that thought in mind each and every coin within this set has an interesting & incredible story to tell if we will take the time to listen to them. Like one such Morgan dollar that was in one family for several generations and passed down over fifteen years ago. It now fits nicely in this set as only the second 1879-O PO01 ever seen and PCGS graded on (07/16/2010). Another such coin hidden away since 1948 is the 1878 8TF PO01 which boast some remaining VAM markings on the reverse. Although the graders were unable to confirm which one of the (5) VAMs it was PCGS gave it the 1878 8TF PO01 grade on (12/12/2010) and rightly so. Now this next Morgan dollar is a very interesting discovery coin indeed. There was a internet posting as late as 01/21/2008 asking for information in locating a 1878 7/8TF PO01. With that said one of the crowning pieces of this set has to be the very first ever graded "Ultra Rare" and extremely scarce 1878 7/8TF "Strong" PO01. VAM experts agreed that it was the elusive 1878 7/8TF Morgan dollar. Crossed over from a 1878 7/8TF VAM-37 PO01 ANACS holder - it stood its ground at both grading services. This was a very remarkable discovery coin for sure having been graded on (12/13/2011) by PCGS. Another recent discovery was the 1879-S Rev78 PO01. At first it looked like a regular "S" or "O" mint until closer examination of the arrow feathers confirmed it a 1879-S Rev78 VAM. The next addition to this set was the 1890-S PO01. Pulled from another dealer's junk bucket in early January 2012 and PCGS confirmed it to be the very first "S" PO01 from the 1890s. Yet another of the latest major discoveries was a 1884-S PO01 confirmed on (05/01/2012) by PCGS. There was rumors of a RAW 1884-S PO01 out there for years and maybe this is what all the talk was about. Some of the other biggest surprises discovered in the past several months have been the very first elusive 1878-S PO01s non VAM Top100s, 1878 8TF PO01s, 1878 7TF Rev78 PO01s, 1878-CC PO01, 1879-CC PO01s, 1882-P PO01, 1882-CC PO01, 1882-O PO01, 1882-O/S VAM-4 PO01s, 1882-S PO01, 1883-P PO01s, 1883-CC PO01s, 1883-O PO01s, 1884-P PO01s, 1884-O PO01s, 1885-P PO01, 1885-O PO01s, 1886-S VAM-2 PO01, 1887-P PO01s, 1887-S PO01, 1888-O PO01s, 1888-S PO01s, 1889-P PO01, 1889-O PO01s, 1891-P PO01, 1892-P PO01, 1893-P VAM-4 FR02, 1894-P FR02, 1894-O PO01, 1894-S PO01s, 1896-O PO01, 1896-S PO01, 1898-S PO01s, 1899-P FR02, 1899-O PO01s, 1899-O micro o VAM-4 PO01, 1899-S PO01, 1901-P PO01, 1901-O PO01s, 1902-P PO01, 1902-O PO01, 1902-S PO01, 1903-P PO01s, 1903-O PO01, 1903-S PO01, 1904-O PO01, 1921-P PO01s, 1921-D PO01s and the 1921-S PO01s. Coins overlooked and on their way to the melt buckets soon to be lost forever - they were pulled back just in time. Another coin worth mentioning is the 1890-O PO01. A coin that looks so mysterious that when you see it your'e not exactly sure what you are looking at. The coin seems to float like something in a cloud and this near "Basal" State 0 grade dollar just seems to draw you in every time you see it. To begin the twentieth century in style this 1900-S PO01 saved for many years was PCGS graded 06/12/2011 making it a remarkable Morgan dollar to be sure. Another of the most recent discoveries was the 1899-P FR02 PCGS graded 08/20/2013. Although graded a FR02 this coin actually made PCGS grading history with breaking every low ball graded Basic Morgan dollar below the AG03 level. One of the goals established in 2010 for this set and finally came about with this latest up-grade. Also the very first to be graded. This next Morgan dollar the 1892-P PO01 which is a coin hard to come by was ultimately confirmed and PCGS graded on 10/31/2013. The newly graded (01/10/2014) 1888-S PO01 resting up within this set has definitely seen some serious travel time. Very choice for the grade and has finally earned a well deserved break. The next latest coin to grace this set is the 1902-P PO01 PCGS graded 01/11/2014. This coin ranks #1 among the most challenging and researched PO01 coins in this set thus far. Well worth all the effort that went into it. Then this 1904-O PO01 PCGS graded on 02/27/2014 was discovered. For over five years the 1904-O FR02 was the lowest grade anyone had ever seen. A very tough coin and grade for the 1904 "O" mint compared with other mint & date coins. Fewer than (135) examples have been graded in circulated condition(s) by PCGS. Most recent addition is the 1903-O PO01 PCGS graded on 03/24/2014. This coin in low ball grades such as FR02s is extremely difficult to find since the vast majority were never circulated as much as other coins. Just in a freshly PCGS graded on 03/26/2014 is the 1894-P FR02. This coin and the 1893-S FR02 are the two coins destined to remain FR02s as the lowest grade examples. Very scarce and hard to come by thats for sure. The latest Morgan to be PCGS graded on 05/12/2014 is the 1887-S PO01. This example was discovered hiding in a junk box. A near cull but the "S" mint mark stood out enough to be confirmed. Within this set you will see several coins (34) that hold the distinction of being a "One of a Kind" coin graded either a PO01 or FR02. Still this set is a "Tribute" to collecting some of the finest low ball coins currently graded and assembled into one set. After looking over thousands and thousands of Morgan dollars and submitting countless others into the graders you tend to get to know a lot about each coin within the set(s) you have. "Its still a work in progress for now" and will change from time to time with any new discoveries. Fun - yes, frustrating & challenging at times - you bet. But often times very rewarding when you discover something new for a low ball coin never before seen or graded this low. There is even a remarkable example of a 1886-P PO01 resting up in one of PCGS's OGH and from all indication was most likely the very first PO01 to be seen and graded. It does rival a "Basal" State 0 grade coin if ever one was to be graded. It is with great respect, appreciation, pains taking time, effort, and extensive research that this set is where it is at - today. Definitely a lot of eye straining going on with some of these Morgan dollars. Some of the best colors a worn out silver dollar has ever shown are on some of these coins. With a rainbow 1878 7TF Rev78 PO01 & 1921-P PO01 thrown in for good measure. Thank you for your interest in this truly unique and most challenging Morgan Dollar Basic Low Ball set. As of this date 08/20/2013 - 08/22/2014 this set was the "First" 100% Perfect PCGS graded low ball Morgan Dollar Basic set ever - subject to change of course and it did. Created: 01/11/2011 - Last Update: 08/23/2014

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"End of the Trail" VIII
ImagePCGS No.ItemDenomGradePopPop LowerOwner's Comments
70721878 8TF$1PO130 3/3 - 12/13/2010 ~ VAM-6, VAM-7, VAM-14.5, VAM-14.8, VAM-14.19 ~ VAM...
70741878 7TF$1PO1303/3 - 01/29/2014 - Rev78 ~ G.D.
70781878 7/8TF$1PO110 1/1 - 12/14//2011 ~ VAM-37 7/4TF
70801878-CC$1PO160 6/3 - 06/19/2013
70821878-S$1PO140 4/2 - 10/24/2011 ~ G.D.
70841879$1PO140 343 - 01/17/2012
70881879-CC$1PO110 1/1 - 11/25/2008 ~ VAM-3 Capped Die
70901879-O$1PO120 2/2 - 07/16/2010
70941879-S$1PO110 1/1 - 05/11/2012 ~ Rev78 VAM-4
70961880$1PO110 1/1 - 09/10/2008
71001880-CC$1PO110 1/1 - 11/25/2008
71141880-O$1PO130 3/1 - 03/17/2010
71181880-S$1PO120 2/2 - 03/12/2008
71241881$1PO120 2/1 - 11/25/2008
71261881-CC$1PO130 3/3 - 09/10/2008
71281881-O$1PO120 2/2 - 06/15/2010
71301881-S$1PO120 2/2 - 07/10/2008
71321882$1PO120 2/2 - 02/21/2006
71341882-CC$1PO120 2/2 - 11/25/2008
71361882-O$1PO120 2/2 - 01/12/2009
71401882-S$1PO110 1/1 - 05/09/2011
71421883$1PO170 7/7 - 06/20/2013
71441883-CC$1PO150 5/5 - 10/11/2010
71461883-O$1PO130 3/3 - 06/16/2011
71481883-S$1PO110 1/1 - 10/21/2009
71501884$1PO130 3/3 - 04/21/2011
71521884-CC$1PO140 4/3 - 09/10/2008
71541884-O$1PO140 4/2 - 07/06/2011
71561884-S$1PO110 1/1 - 04/30/2012
71581885$1PO120 2/2 - 10/30/2009
71601885-CC$1PO110 1/1 - 10/15/2008
71621885-O$1PO150 5/4 - 10/11/2011 ~ G.D.
71641885-S$1PO110 1/1 - 10/27/2008
71661886$1PO110 1/1 - 06/08/2007 ~ OGH
71681886-O$1PO180 8/6 - 02/02/2009
1339061886-S$1PO110 1/1 - 08/13/2013 ~ VAM-2 S/S
71721887$1PO150 5/4 - 10/28/2009
71761887-O$1PO170 7/6 - 11/14/2008
71801887-S$1PO110 1/1 - 05/12/2014
71821888$1PO110 1/1 - 12/21/2007
71841888-O$1PO160 6/6 - 11/29/2007
71861888-S$1PO110 1/1 - 01/10/2014
71881889$1PO130 3/2 - 04/24/2008
71901889-CC$1PO110 1/1 - 11/25/2008
71921889-O$1PO190 9/8 - 08/11/2010
71941889-S$1FR240 4/3 - 05/10/2010
71961890$1PO120 2/2 - 08/11/2010
71981890-CC$1PO110 1/1 - 03/27/2008
72001890-O$1PO1110 10/9 - 10/17/2005 ~ "Mysterious Phantom" dollar
72021890-S$1PO120 2/1 - 02/08/2012 ~ G.D.
72041891$1PO140 4/3 - 03/05/2014 ~ VAM-10 Die Chips 91
72061891-CC$1PO110 1/1 - 02/19/2007
72081891-O$1PO150 5/4 - 05/21/2008
72101891-S$1PO120 2/2 - 06/19/2009
72121892$1PO110 1/1 - 10/31/2013
72141892-CC$1PO120 2/2 - 02/23/2009
72161892-O$1PO120 2/1 - 10/21/2009
72181892-S$1PO120 2/2 - 02/04/2005
1339421893$1FR210 1/1 - 10/03/2013 ~ VAM-4
72221893-CC$1PO120 2/2 - 05/07/2009
72241893-O$1FR280 8/4 - 10/17/2005
72261893-S$1FR2240 24/5 - 10/12/2010 ~ VAM-1
72281894$1FR220 2/2 - 03/26/2014
72301894-O$1PO130 3/2 - 02/16/2009
72321894-S$1PO120 2/2 - 02/08/2010
72361895-O$1FR2230 21/7 - 05/21/2008
72381895-S$1PO120 2/2 - 10/29/2003
72401896$1PO110 1/1 - 06/15/2010
72421896-O$1PO140 4/3 - 02/08/2012 ~ G.D.
72441896-S$1PO140 4/1 - 04/29/2010
72461897$1PO110 1/1 - 08/25/2009
72481897-O$1PO130 3/3 - 10/17/2007
72501897-S$1PO110 1/1 - 10/17/2007
72521898$1FR211 1/1 - 12/16/2008
72541898-O$1PO110 1/1 - 10/21/2009
72561898-S$1PO120 2/2 - 05/11/2012
72581899$1FR210 1/1 - 08/21/2013 ~ VAM-2A Die Scratch T
1339471899-O$1PO110 1/1 - 06/19/2013 ~ VAM-4 Micro o
72621899-S$1PO120 2/2 - 08/21/2013 ~ G.D.
72641900$1FR240 4/1 - 05/16/2008
72661900-O$1PO1100 10/8 - 02/08/2012 ~ G.D.
72701900-S$1PO110 1/1 - 06/30/2011
72721901$1PO110 1/1 - 08/09/2011
72741901-O$1PO140 4/4 - 01/21/2011
72761901-S$1PO110 1/1 - 04/30/2010
72781902$1PO110 1/1 - 01/11/2014
72801902-O$1PO120 2/2 - 01/09/2009
72821902-S$1PO120 2/2 - 10/21/2009
72841903$1PO120 2/2 - 12/21/2010
72861903-O$1PO110 1/1 - 03/24/2014
72881903-S$1PO110 1/1 - 07/16/2010
72901904$1PO120 2/2 - 02/08/2010
72921904-O$1PO110 1/1 - 02/27/2014
72941904-S$1FR290 9/4 - 06/14/2010
72961921$1PO1200 20/12 - 01/03/2013
72981921-D$1PO1110 11/11 - 01/17/2012
73001921-S$1PO1170 17/14 - 08/30/2007
Great set !!! I can only imagine the stories each of these coins could tell.
Posted @ 7/16/2014 8:30 AM By clcobert
Absolutely a stunning collecting achievement ... congratulations fro a fellow lw-ball collector. Very well done indeed!
Posted @ 5/22/2014 3:04 PM By Chesapeake
A tribute to focus and perseverence! The perfect set is there, keep at it.
Posted @ 1/18/2014 12:23 PM By HawkeEye
OK. I'm fully impressed with your perseverence with this set.
Posted @ 11/9/2013 9:01 AM By ashmore86
Awesome. No doubt, with your perseverance, you will turn all of them into P01's. Lot's of love and TLC was needed for this. Nick
Posted @ 8/28/2013 10:38 AM By Burt7753
This is one of the "Poorest" :) sets that I've seen. I'd like to have a few more PO01's in my circ commem set. Good luck down grading the FR02's
Posted @ 8/21/2013 7:43 AM By bobvvv1
I love this set. I had so much fun reading it!!!!!!
Posted @ 5/5/2013 10:04 AM By jasonodegard
This is a great accomplishment. It is so difficult to find gradable PO1 and FR2 coins. You have done a awesome job here Mike, From Friends in Low Places
Posted @ 1/14/2013 6:05 AM By RT
Enduring perseverance, discriminating excellence in determining what is gradable in the low grades. Everything else has already been said. Wow!!! Great achievement.
Posted @ 12/5/2012 5:03 PM By mhassler
Awesome LowBall Set. People just do not know how hard it is to find gradable coins in this condition because most coins this worn have damage or other issues that keep them from being graded.
Posted @ 11/3/2012 1:15 PM By RT
Fantastic accomplishment Mike!!
Posted @ 10/25/2012 12:33 PM By dbemike
You have put together an "unreal" set of Morgans. How many were "saved" from the melting pot.
Posted @ 10/24/2012 8:20 PM By bobvvv1
You have a magnificent set. I hope you can find the last Coins to complete this set perfectly. Nick
Posted @ 10/24/2012 2:14 AM By Nickcap