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Coins Certified as of 12/9

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$1MS66586647The popular "8TF" (eight tail feathers) variety marks the first adopted rev...
70741878 7TF$1MS65660821230159Very pretty classic rainbow bag toning highlighted by emerald hues graces t...
70781878 7/8TF$1MS653353459559Lovely album toning of orange, rose, pink, blue and teal graces the obverse...
70801878-CC$1MS663214633546The unusual patchwork of green and rose colors on this coin are likely the ...
70821878-S$1MS66755121780124A beautifully and originally toned piece, this coin shows classic concentri...
70841879$1MS662154621946This is the most amazingly toned gem '79-P on the planet - and we have owne...
70861879-CC$1MS65971211715An important date that is rarely found with beautiful toning, this coin fea...
70901879-O$1MS6422035772270588Not only is this the most exceptionally colored 1879-O that we have ever se...
70921879-S$1MS6714982391554246A stellar superb gem classic banded rainbow toner. This type of toning is ...
70961880$1MS661871619816A date that is often found with blue and rose toning, here is an exceptiona...
71001880-CC$1MS668541391121202A beautiful example of crescent rainbow bag toning, which is the result of ...
71141880-O$1MS6413931781576203The first of an exceptional group of toned Morgan dollars purchased from th...
71181880-S$1MS682122923632One of the highlights of Sunnywood's "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" toned Mor...
71241881$1MS6512092491230251A very beautiful and colorful album-toned piece from Sanders Trading Co., t...
71261881-CC$1MS6615323971648417A monster bag-toned example of this classic date from the GSA sales of Cqar...
71281881-O$1MS657289475795Truly a monster toned 1881-O, this PQ gem is the best of five colorful exam...
71301881-S$1MS681531315913Considered by some enthusiasts to be the ultimate finest toned Morgan known...
71321882$1MS663654636846It is surprisingly difficult to find an attractively toned '82-P dollar at ...
71341882-CC$1MS6613422411569268Classic rainbow bag toning graces the obverse of this Carson City dollar. ...
71361882-O$1MS6510011181081122The last of the early New Orleans issues less commonly seen with toning, th...
71401882-S$1MS67912164918166Featured on the front of the color brochure prepared by PCGS for the displa...
71421883$1MS6610073211025324Another classic banded rainbow toned dollar, this time from the Philadelphi...
71441883-CC$1MS6621655152519575Another classic rainbow coin from the GSA hoard, this '83-CC features full ...
71461883-O$1MS66823150866152Another monster rainbow bag-toner, this is absolutely the best toned 1883-O...
71481883-S$1MS65184186A rare coin in true gem condition, this absolutely original 1883-S is diffi...
71501884$1MS66516175536178Collectors of toned morgans know that 1884 is a date that is very seldom fo...
71521884-CC$1MS6618173592098384This is a really beautiful rainbow-toned CC dollar, whose rainbow palette i...
71541884-O$1MS65149111986154762102Heavy 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$1MS6614852741642295An interesting addition to the Sunnywood Collection, this 1885 is notable f...
71601885-CC$1MS6611712221309254A spectacular '85-CC, this coin features 100% obverse rainbow bag toning wi...
71621885-O$1MS672962329823For the more common dates in the series, Sunnywood has had many coins to ch...
71641885-S$1MS655476956570This visually stunning representative of the '85-S issue must be seen in ha...
71661886$1MS6629066243017640A simply extraordinary 1886 dollar from the famed "Battle Creek" group of o...
71681886-O$1MS642244222743This 1886-O dollar sports a vivid 20% obverse bag-toned rainbow crecent con...
71701886-S$1MS653366137967A beautiful original album-toned piece with an excellent strike, frosted de...
71721887$1MS6617032591853271A gorgeous blast of vibrant reds, yellows and greens; one of the finest ton...
71761887-O$1MS6427385483098594The distinctive and beautiful banded rainbow bag toning found on this coin ...
71801887-S$1MS66294314A subtle and beautiful original toned coin with soft greys, blues and pinks...
71821888$1MS653830109339861125This is a classic example of what is known as a "blueberry" - an album-tone...
71841888-O$1MS663033032533A wildly toned monster end-roller with intense red, orange, green, yellow a...
71861888-S$1MS66306316The 1888-S dollar, like the other "S" mints from 1885 through 1891, becomes...
71881889$1MS663784839148While colorfully toned examples of the 1889-P issue can be located, they ar...
71901889-CC$1MS62104125190230One of the "big five" toughest dates in the series, the 1889-CC is generall...
71921889-O$1MS652193023032This is a date that does not often come with color, nor a full strike, nor ...
71941889-S$1MS65720127731132Wow, where do coins like this come from? An incredible find; with yellows,...
71961890$1MS6443518414529876A really wonderful bag-toned coin; the colors on this piece progress in hue...
71981890-CC$1MS653474439348Along with the Carson City issues of 1889 and 1893, the 1890-CC is quite di...
72001890-O$1MS656967875984Here is an unexpected find, a '90-O with wild neon toning scattered around ...
72021890-S$1MS661843418834This wonderful end-roll toner hails from the same auction consignment as th...
72041891$1MS651811018411The first of four difficult Philadelphia mint issues (1891-1894), this coin...
72061891-CC$1MS656536969375An attractive CC dollar toned with early sunset hues. Careful study reveal...
72081891-O$1MS6511761196A really outstanding 1891-O dollar with a smooth and fully rounded cheek, t...
72101891-S$1MS6692219421A flashy semi-prooflike coin with frosty devices, and peripheral toning tha...
72121892$1MS653134532245The "P" mint business strike Morgan dollars become progressively more diffi...
72141892-CC$1MS66265265This 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$1MS63624924Long respected as the little sister of the 1893-S Morgan, the '92-S is a ve...
72201893$1MS652261922619A very difficult date in full gem, especially with original patination. Th...
72221893-CC$1MS6311056411130645This is not the highest-graded '93-CC that we could find, but the multi-col...
72241893-O$1MS648698612A 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$1MS643486934869A beautiful companion piece to the 1893-O in this set, the present piece re...
72321894-S$1MS651563115831Another 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$1MS644318747192The 1895-S is a very difficult date with or without toning. We consider it...
72401896$1MS672172622126We just love this coin !! While the luster is somewhat subdued under the h...
72421896-O$1MS62614348624349While we would like to include a choice or better example of this issue in ...
72441896-S$1MS64491117495120Here is another wildly colored unusual S-mint. We considered this coin to ...
72461897$1MS66415100447103The 1897-P Morgan, while quite collectible as a "white" coin, is a somewhat...
72481897-O$1MS6438214021The last of the very tough dates in the run of "O"-mints from the 1890's, t...
72501897-S$1MS663266837677This is the third of a special trio of San Francisco coins that Sunnywood b...
72521898$1MS652510106427141109These vivid bands of rainbow colors would be a "wow" on any date in this se...
72541898-O$1MS6724562507Long-time toned Morgan dealer Andy Kimmel (Paragon Coin Company) has pronou...
72561898-S$1MS65467114479115The 1898-S, like all the "S" mints after 1882, is a tough date with attract...
72581899$1MS662935031550A date that is somewhat difficult to locate with attractive original color....
72601899-O$1MS671481015010The 1899-O is one of several late dates that can be found with beautiful co...
72621899-S$1MS661192212524The 1899-S is another in the run of increasingly difficult late-date "S"-mi...
72641900$1MS66786168801168Here is another date that is common enough without color, but rather diffic...
72661900-O$1MS6610952001262208This pretty 1900-O features Miss Liberty blushing with a rose cheek highlig...
72701900-S$1MS661191512416San Francisco Morgans are an interesting group. The early dates are common...
72721901$1MS631264512845Here is an excellent example of a Sunnywood coin. The 1901 is not only the...
72741901-O$1MS665445156151The "O" mints from 1898 through 1902 are easier to find with nice colorful ...
72761901-S$1MS652864429245For reasons that we can only guess, the 1901-S dollar is an unheralded stop...
72781902$1MS665868459584Another premium gem quality toner acquired from J. Kelly's "Toned Dollars" ...
72801902-O$1MS66675132693133An 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$1MS6710131013The 1903 dollar only occasionally turns up with nice color, usually in MS64...
72861903-O$1MS66688136696138The 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$1MS653114031340This coin was a lucky find during the early days of forming the Sunnywood C...
72921904-O$1MS67480500In the first decade of this series (1878 to 1887), many more silver dollars...
72941904-S$1MS651342513726Yet another tough "S"-mint, the 1904-S dollar is considerably more difficul...
72961921$1MS6552677565315763Most 1921 dollars are either untoned, or have mottled unattractive toning. ...
72981921-D$1MS664008140281While its Philadelphia and San Francisco counterparts are notoriously diffi...
73001921-S$1MS6511321631135163While all of the 1921 issues are difficult to find with attractive color, p...