This is the most amazingly toned gem '79-P on the planet - and we have owned three of the best examples. The obverse features incredible thick rich emerald green, gold and rainbow bag toning. This kind of amazing color is virtually unheard-of on an 1879 P-mint, yet it is clearly 100% natural original bag toning. From the personal collection of dealer and long-time toned Morgan afficionado Jim Curtis, this coin was an unexpected treasure for Sunnywood to add to his collection. We also love our other 1879 PCGS MS66 coin, which is now gracing our Duplicates set, second only to this wondrous piece. We paid a huge premium for this coin without batting an eyelash - the coin is clearly worth every penny!
In 1879, the U.S, Mint at Philadelphia made three different Dollar coins: Morgan Dollars; Trade Dollars (Proof-only); and Gold Dollars. Among the Morgan Dollars, the 1879 is popular because it is easy to obtain in all grades, including Gem condition. This date even shows up in MS67, though very infrequently.
Prooflike and Deep Prooflike 1879 Morgan Dollars are actually quite scarce and they represent just a small percentage of the total population. Deep Mirror Prooflike examples are almost twice as rare as Prooflikes.
The strike quality of this date is usually excellent.