"End of the Trail" XI

HOF 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Current
Rank
1
Set
Complete
100.00%
Set
Rating
71.105
GPA with
Top Bonuses
1.000
GPA
Weighted
70.000

Retired Statistics 1/5/2019

Rank
1
GPA Weighted
1.000
Complete
100.00%
Set Rating
71.105
About This Set: BOTBOTW: (1878-1921) The "Ultimate" challenge and goal for this set is to find the best "Low Ball" Morgan dollar example or grade from each date and mint. 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 twenty+ years ago with this 1879-O PO01 which was graded on (07/16/2010). Then there was an internet posting as late as 01/21/2008 asking for information on locating a 1878 7/8TF PO01. This is one of those crowning pieces and also considered a "Ultra Rare" and extremely scarce 1878 7/8TF "Strong" VAM-37 PO01. Not to be out done but now there are three 1878 7/8TF PO01s all different VAM PO01s ( VAM-40 & VAM-41). 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 to be the first 1879-S Rev78 VAM. This next addition was a 1890-S PO01. Pulled from a 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 to be the first example graded. 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 recent past include the very first elusive 1878-S PO01s non VAM Top100s, 1878 8TF PO01s, 1878 8TF VAM-8 PO01, 1878 7/8TF "Strong" VAM-40 PO01, 1878 7TF Rev 78 PO01s, 1878-CC PO01s, 1879-P PO01s, 1879-CC PO01s, 1879-CC VAM-3 PO01, 1879-O PO01s, 1879-S Rev 78 PO01s, 1880-P PO01, 1880-CC PO01, 1880-CC VAM-4 PO01, 1880-CC VAM-5 PO01, 1880-CC VAM-7 PO01, 1880-O PO01s, 1880-S VAM-9 PO01, 1880-S VAM-10 PO01, 1880-S VAM-11 PO01, 1880-S PO01s, 1881-P PO01s, 1881-O PO01s, 1881-S PO01s, 1882-P PO01s, 1882-CC PO01, 1882-O PO01s, 1882-O/S VAM-3 PO01, 1882-O/S VAM-4 PO01s, 1882-S PO01s, 1883-P PO01s, 1883-CC PO01s, 1883-O PO01s, 1884-P PO01s, 1884-O PO01s, 1884-S PO01s, 1885-P PO01, 1885-CC PO01, 1885-O PO01s, 1885-S PO01, 1886-O PO01, 1886-S PO01, 1886-S VAM-2 PO01, 1887-P PO01s, 1887/6-P VAM-2 PO01, 1887-S PO01s, 1888-O PO01s, 1888-O VAM-4 PO01s, 1888-S PO01s, 1889-P PO01, 1889-CC PO01s, 1889-O PO01s, 1889-S PO01s, 1890-CC PO01, 1890-CC VAM-4 PO01s, 1890-O PO01, 1891-P PO01, 1891-CC PO01, 1891-O PO01s, 1892-P PO01s, 1892-CC PO01, 1892-O PO01, 1892-S PO01s, 1893-P PO01s, 1893-O PO01s, 1894-P FR02, 1894-O PO01s, 1894-S PO01s, 1895-O PO01s, 1895-S PO01s, 1896-O PO01s, 1896-S PO01s, 1897-P PO01s, 1897-S PO01, 1898-P PO01s, 1898-O PO01s, 1898-S PO01s, 1899-P PO01s, 1899-O PO01s, 1899-O VAM-4 micro o PO01, 1899-S PO01s, 1900-P PO01, 1900-S PO01, 1901-P PO01, 1901-O PO01s, 1901-S PO01, 1902-P PO01, 1902-O PO01s, 1902-S PO01, 1903-P PO01s, 1903-O PO01, 1903-S PO01s, 1903-S Micro s PO01, 1904-O PO01s, 1904-S PO01, 1921-P PO01s, 1921-D VAM-1A PO01, 1921-D PO01s and the 1921-S PO01s. 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. 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 1888-S PO01 (01/10/2014) resting up within this set has definitely seen some serious travel time. 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 graded PO01 coins thus far. Well worth all the effort that went into it. Then this 1904-O PO01 PCGS graded on 02/27/2014 was discovered. The 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. 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. Then this 1898-P PO01 PCGS graded on 08/22/2014 was found. A Morgan dollar so scarce in this grade that for almost six years the lone 1898-P FR02 stood tall as the best example ever seen and graded that low till now and now a second PO01 has been found. This scarce & very elusive 1904-S PO01 PCGS graded on 12/15/2014 was a great discovery coin and completes all the 1904s in PO01 grades and marks the last PO01 graded for the year (2014). The first two discovery coins of 2015 in this set are the 1895-O PO01 & 1899-P PO01 both PCGS graded on 01/13/2015. The 1895-O PO01 has eluded every low ball collection since its inception. The 1899-P PO01 follows close behind the 1898-P PO01. This particular 1899-P PO01 is said to be a very elusive coin by several experts. Within this set you will see several coins (22) that hold the distinction of being a "One of a Kind" coins. The new 1893-O PO01 PCGS graded 01/26/2015 marks yet another milestone for this set. With the (3) 1893-CC PO01s that have stood tall as the only PO01s ever graded for this year from any mint prior to this day. Now this 1893-P PO01 graded 07/24/2015 is another tough example resting up in this set with another graded recently. Still it's a "Tribute" to collecting some of the finest low ball coins currently graded and assembled into one set. "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. It is with great respect, appreciation, pains taking time, effort, and extensive research that this set is where it is at today. This set became the first Top Pop Morgan Dollar low ball set on 08/20/2013 subject to change. Then this 1889-S PO01 PCGS graded 02/27/2015 marks yet another milestone for this set. The latest addition a PCGS graded 1900-P PO01 02/26/2016 marks the 95th PO01 resting up in this set. No easy feat when this collection was being built up way back when. The next great example graded at PCGS in this set was the 1894-P PO01 a coin so rare in a PO01 grade that it took experts to uncover the VAM-3 PUP on the reverse. PCGS graded this example on 04/25/2018 making it the 96th PO01 coin in this set. The "Last" remaining coin of the (97) Morgan Dollar series for this set was Authenticated and graded a 1893-S PO01 on 01/04/2019. All though two 1893-S PO01 examples have now been graded by PCGS these last two coins stand out in the never ending quest for perfection in a low ball set. This set currently displays (17) Top Pop Pop 1 examples as of 01/04/2019. The summit has now been reached. Thank you again for your interest in this truly unique and most challenging Morgan Dollar Basic Low Ball set. Created: 01/11/2011 - Latest Upgrade/Update: 01/05/2019
Image Item PCGS # Date Denom Grade PCGS # Pop PCGS # Pop Higher Pop Pop Lower Comments
1878 8TF 7072 1878 8TF $1 PO1 4 14204 50
***4/4 - 05/24/2012 ~ 3rd example graded *****
1878 7TF 7076 1878 7TF $1 PO1 6 7618 120
*5/4 - 12/11/2012 ~ 2nd example graded
1878 7/8TF 134037 1878 7/8TF $1 PO1 1 90 30
***1/1 - 11/03/2015 ~ "Strong" VAM-40 7/5 Solo Lowest *******
1878-CC 7080 1878-CC $1 PO1 12 31164 120
***12/7 - 06/19/2013 ~ 6th example graded *******
1878-S 7082 1878-S $1 PO1 4 50445 50
***4/4 - 10/24/2011 ~ 1st example graded *******
1879 7084 1879 $1 PO1 7 15070 70
*7/6 - 08/01/2017 ~ 5th example graded
1879-CC 7088 1879-CC $1 PO1 1 3320 80
*1/1 - 11/25/2008 ~ 1st example graded
1879-O 7090 1879-O $1 PO1 5 13860 50
***5/5 - 07/16/2010 ~ 2nd example graded
1879-S 7094 1879-S $1 PO1 3 4032 90
**3/3 - 05/11/2012 ~ 1st example graded
1880 7096 1880 $1 PO1 3 15613 30
* 3/2 - 01/13/2016 ~ 2nd example graded
1880-CC 7110 1880-CC $1 PO1 1 915 60
1/1 - 08/29/2016 ~ VAM-7 Hot50 - Solo Lowest*******
1880-O 7114 1880-O $1 PO1 7 14094 70
***7/7 - 09/03/2014 ~ 4th example graded *****
1880-S 133888 1880-S $1 PO1 1 178 80
*1/1 - 06/13/2018 ~ VAM-10 8/7 Crossbar Top100 - Solo Lowest*******
1881 7124 1881 $1 PO1 8 14786 80
*7/5 - 07/24/2015 ~ 4th example graded *******
1881-CC 7126 1881-CC $1 PO1 4 23655 40
4/4 - 09/10/2008 ~ 1st example graded*******
1881-O 7128 1881-O $1 PO1 9 20396 90
*9/8 - 08/01/2017 ~ 6th example graded
1881-S 7130 1881-S $1 PO1 4 268408 40
***4/4 - 07/10/2008 ~ 1st example graded *******
1882 7132 1882 $1 PO1 6 20051 60
*5/4 - 08/11/2016 ~ 5th example graded
1882-CC 7134 1882-CC $1 PO1 3 36101 30
3/3 - 02/28/2017 ~ 3rd example graded
1882-O 133889 1882-O/S $1 PO1 1 166 120
*1/1 04/03/2018 - VAM-3 O/S “Flush” Top100 ~ Solo Lowest*******
1882-S 7140 1882-S $1 PO1 3 85973 30
*3/3 - 05/09/2011 ~ 1st example graded*****
1883 7142 1883 $1 PO1 10 26374 100
*9/9 - 05/09/2017 ~ 9th example graded
1883-CC 7144 1883-CC $1 PO1 8 47539 80
*7/6 - 05/24/2012 ~ 4th example graded
1883-O 7146 1883-O $1 PO1 11 125465 110
***8/8 - 02/17/2014 ~ 3rd example graded *******
1883-S 7148 1883-S $1 PO1 1 7760 10
1/1 - 10/21/2009 ~ Solo Lowest *******
1884 7150 1884 $1 PO1 7 18764 70
***7/6 - 04/21/2011 ~ 2nd example graded *******
1884-CC 7152 1884-CC $1 PO1 6 52168 60
*6/4 - 05/15/2018 ~ 5th graded example
1884-O 7154 1884-O $1 PO1 5 204565 50
*5/3 - 07/06/2011 ~ 2nd example graded *****
1884-S 7156 1884-S $1 PO1 5 9476 50
***5/4 - 04/30/2012 ~ 1st example graded
1885 7158 1885 $1 PO1 4 72563 40
*3/3 - 04/12/2017 ~ 3rd example graded
1885-CC 7160 1885-CC $1 PO1 3 23675 30
***3/3 - 04/07/2016 ~ 2nd example graded *******
1885-O 7162 1885-O $1 PO1 9 191454 90
*7/7 - 10/12/2011 ~ 2nd example graded
1885-S 7164 1885-S $1 PO1 2 11318 20
***2/2 - 11/03/2015 ~ 2nd example graded *******
1886 7166 1886 $1 PO1 4 125057 40
*3/3 - 06/08/2007 ~ OGH ~ The first and most worn example ever*******
1886-O 7168 1886-O $1 PO1 15 7315 150
***14/11 - 02/02/2009 ~ 2nd example graded*****
1886-S 133906 1886-S $1 PO1 1 158 30
* 1/1 - 08/13/2013 VAM-2 S/S Top100 ~ Solo Lowest*****
1887 133908 1887/6 $1 PO1 1 113 60
*1/1 - 06/15/2017 ~ VAM-2 7/6 Top100 - Solo Lowest*****
1887-O 7176 1887-O $1 PO1 13 12194 130
***11/8 - 07/30/2014 ~ 4th example graded*****
1887-S 7180 1887-S $1 PO1 2 10884 20
2/2 - 02/26/2018 ~ 2nd example graded
1888 7182 1888 $1 PO1 2 44138 20
***2/2 - 12/21/2007 ~ 1st example graded*****
1888-O 7184 1888-O $1 PO1 13 25014 190
***14/12 - 02/04/2005 ~ 1st example graded
1888-S 7186 1888-S $1 PO1 2 9103 20
*2/2 - 01/10/2014 ~ 1st example graded *******
1889 7188 1889 $1 PO1 3 44193 30
*3/3 - 06/19/2013 ~ 3rd example graded *******
1889-CC 7190 1889-CC $1 PO1 4 8689 40
***4/4 - 06/08/2018 ~ 4th example graded*****
1889-O 7192 1889-O $1 PO1 16 7908 160
*16/9 - 08/11/1010 ~ 3rd example graded
1889-S 7194 1889-S $1 PO1 2 11080 20
*2/2 - 02/27/2015 ~ 1st example graded*******
1890 7196 1890 $1 PO1 2 20265 20
2/2 - 08/11/2010 ~ 1st example graded
1890-CC 133934 1890-CC $1 PO1 1 118 70
* 1/1 - 06/22/2016 ~ VAM-4 Tailbar Top100 Solo Lowest *******
1890-O 7200 1890-O $1 PO1 15 13571 150
***15/12 - 10/17/2005 ~ 1st example graded *******
1890-S 7202 1890-S $1 PO1 3 14765 30
*3/2 - 02/08/2012 ~ 1st example graded
1891 7204 1891 $1 PO1 4 11512 40
*4/4 - 03/05/2014 ~ 4th example graded
1891-CC 7206 1891-CC $1 PO1 3 18441 30
*3/3 - 02/28/2017 ~ 3rd example graded
1891-O 133938 1891-O $1 PO1 2 247 150
*2/2 - 10/21/2009 ~ VAM-1A Top100 - 1st example graded
1891-S 7210 1891-S $1 PO1 2 9949 20
2/2 - 06/19/2009 ~ 2nd example graded *******
1892 7212 1892 $1 PO1 2 7415 20
*2/2 - 10/31/2013 ~ 1st example graded *******
1892-CC 7214 1892-CC $1 PO1 6 11005 60
*6/5 - 03/28/2016 ~ 5th example graded*****
1892-O 7216 1892-O $1 PO1 7 8467 70
*7/5 - 04/15/2017 ~ 5th example graded
1892-S 7218 1892-S $1 PO1 3 5871 30
*3/3 - 02/04/2005 ~ 1st example graded
1893 7220 1893 $1 PO1 3 8437 30
* 3/3 - 06/22/2016 ~ 3rd example graded *******
1893-CC 7222 1893-CC $1 PO1 3 8493 30
*3/3 - 06/15/2017 ~ 3rd example graded
1893-O 7224 1893-O $1 PO1 4 5356 40
*4/3 - 01/26/2015 ~ 1st example graded *******
1893-S 7226 1893-S $1 PO1 2 6679 20
*** 2/1 - 01/04/2019 ~ 2nd example graded - "Sourdough HOF"
1894 7228 1894 $1 PO1 1 6028 10
* 1/1 - 04/25/2018 - VAM-3 ~ Solo Lowest*****
1894-O 7230 1894-O $1 PO1 3 7070 30
*3/3 - 08/22/2014 ~ 3rd example graded
1894-S 7232 1894-S $1 PO1 2 6042 20
2/2 - 11/09/2012 ~ 2nd example graded
1895-O 7236 1895-O $1 PO1 3 8065 30
*2/2 - 08/04/2017 ~ 2nd example graded
1895-S 7238 1895-S $1 PO1 7 5283 70
*7/6 - 10/29/2003 ~ 1st example graded *****
1896 7240 1896 $1 PO1 3 49945 30
*2/1 - 06/15/2010 ~ 1st example graded *******
1896-O 7242 1896-O $1 PO1 7 7596 70
4/4 - 02/08/2012 ~ 3rd example graded *****
1896-S 7244 1896-S $1 PO1 6 3730 60
***6/4 - 03/13/2015 ~ 5th example graded *******
1897 7246 1897 $1 PO1 4 19212 40
2/2 - 08/25/2009 ~ 1st graded example
1897-O 7248 1897-O $1 PO1 6 7337 60
*6/5 - 10/17/2007 ~ 1st example graded *****
1897-S 7250 1897-S $1 PO1 2 11859 20
***2/2 - 10/17/2007 ~ 1st example graded
1898 7252 1898 $1 PO1 3 21615 30
***3/3 - 05/10/2018 ~ 3rd example graded
1898-O 7254 1898-O $1 PO1 2 72358 20
*2/2 - 03/09/2015 ~ 2nd example graded *******
1898-S 7256 1898-S $1 PO1 5 5950 50
***5/4 - 04/25/2011 ~ 1st example graded
1899 7258 1899 $1 PO1 3 15755 30
*3/3 - 09/26/2018 ~ 3rd example graded*******
1899-O 7260 1899-O $1 PO1 8 62003 100
***8/8 - 10/25/2011~ 2nd example graded *******
1899-S 7262 1899-S $1 PO1 3 5452 30
3/3 - 11/03/2015 ~ 3rd example graded*******
1900 7264 1900 $1 PO1 1 37615 10
*1/1 - 02/26/2016 ~ Solo Lowest *******
1900-O 7266 1900-O $1 PO1 18 46748 180
**14/12 - 11/25/2008 ~ 1st example graded
1900-S 7270 1900-S $1 PO1 1 7038 10
1/1 - 06/30/2011 ~ Solo Lowest *****
1901 7272 1901 $1 PO1 1 6124 10
*1/1 - 08/09/2011 ~ Solo Lowest *****
1901-O 7274 1901-O $1 PO1 9 32927 90
4/4 - 10/01/2012 ~ 3rd example graded
1901-S 7276 1901-S $1 PO1 4 4575 40
***4/4 - 04/15/2017 ~ 3rd example graded
1902 7278 1902 $1 PO1 1 9226 10
*1/1 - 01/11/2014 ~ Solo Lowest *****
1902-O 7280 1902-O $1 PO1 4 59815 40
**3/3 - 01/09/2009 ~ 1st example graded
1902-S 7282 1902-S $1 PO1 2 6396 20
2/2 - 10/21/2009 ~ 1st example graded *****
1903 7284 1903 $1 PO1 4 17127 40
**3/3 - 02/21/2006 ~ 1st example graded *******
1903-O 7286 1903-O $1 PO1 1 14335 10
*1/1 - 03/24/2014 ~ Solo Lowest *****
1903-S 7306 1903-S $1 PO1 3 394 60
*2/2 - 11/05/2015 ~ VAM-2 Top100 - 1st example graded
1904 7290 1904 $1 PO1 3 6874 30
*3/3 - 04/26/2010 ~ 2nd example graded
1904-O 7292 1904-O $1 PO1 4 127388 40
**4/4 - 04/16/2017 ~ 3rd example graded
1904-S 7294 1904-S $1 PO1 3 4184 30
***3/2 - 12/15/2014 ~ 1st example graded *****
1921 7296 1921 $1 PO1 34 101244 340
***34/21 - 03/13/2015 ~ 24th example graded
1921-D 133970 1921-D $1 PO1 1 130 180
*1/1 - 11/06/2018 ~ VAM-1A Top100 - Solo Lowest*******
1921-S 7300 1921-S $1 PO1 23 15406 230
***22/17 - 08/30/2007 ~ 1st example graded

Comments


This is truly an amazing set. I can only imagine the how difficult this set must have been to complete. You are the low ball king !!

Posted at 3/1/2019 8:52 PM by Killer-silver

How one person could find so many solo Pop 1 PO01 coins is amazing. This truly is a set worthy of Hall of Fame status.

Posted at 2/20/2019 2:27 PM by rickfortin

On 1/6/2015 I posted on this set and it had 7 FR02's at that time. 4 years later no FR02's only PO01's. You have put a lot of work into this set and it is one that you should be proud of. Lot's of searching here. :)

Posted at 1/6/2019 7:03 PM by bobvvv1

This is an absolutely astounding feat of coin collecting. The way the pop 1's are currently divided it would be impossible to repeat. You truly are the king of the lowball Morgan Basic set. HOF is well deserved!

Posted at 10/3/2018 6:04 PM by Morganhunter

I'm amazed at all the Top Pops this collection has. You have done a remarkable job building this set as well as sharing all the stories these coins have something to say about. Congratulations on a fine job. ~

Posted at 7/11/2018 11:34 PM by whitehoused

Every serious low ball collector needs to just take another look at this great set every now and then to rekindle their fire and passion as to what can be accomplished. Thanks for bringing HOF recognition to the lowball category on the Registry.

Posted at 1/3/2018 10:55 AM by Walker

Michael, thank you for sharing your collection from inception to its retirement with others. Your "End of The Trail" , Hall of Fame (HOF) collection is the beginning of the trail for others . thanks again for letting me become a keeper of part of your collection. you are a living legend !

Posted at 12/4/2017 6:10 AM by smthfldva

I thought I was "OBSESSED" about my collection. "WOW" ! ! ! Mike. What a Numismatic Legacy. I'd love to read every story behind each coin. I'm sure I would be captivated to the end and still wanting more. This is a GREAT WORK you have assembled. I wish you well in your quest for PERFECTION. Thank you for ths wondeful contrubution for our viewing/reading enjoyment. Mi¢hael Hassler

Posted at 4/9/2015 8:36 PM by mhassler

This just a great looking set. Only 7 FR02's in the whole set and the rest PO01's. It's only a matter of time until they are all PO01. Excellent work on this set.

Posted at 1/6/2015 9:13 PM by bobvvv1

I love this set. I had so much fun reading it!!!!!!

Posted at 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 at 1/14/2013 6:05 AM by RT

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 at 11/3/2012 1:15 PM by RT

You have put together an "unreal" set of Morgans. How many were "saved" from the melting pot.

Posted at 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 at 10/24/2012 2:14 AM by Nickcap

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