PCGS Set Registry®
Bruce Morelan Collection of Early Dollars - The Number One Finest Set of All TimeHOF 2014 2015 2016
GPA with Top Bonuses
Bruce Morelan Collection of Early Dollars
|Image||Item||PCGS #||Date||Denom||Grade||PCGS # Pop||PCGS # Pop Higher||Pop||Pop Higher||Comments|
The famous Neil-Carter-Cardinal-Morelan specimen striking of the 1794 dollar. Quite probably the very first dollar struck for the fledgling United States of America. The surfaces are quite prooflike and the devices dance with frost in the light - unlike any other known example of the date. Additionally, the die state matches exactly the copper pattern in the Smithsonian. This coin is a national treasure and it is my privilege to build a world class set around it! Martin Logies had the chance to examine the coin out of the holder and stated this: "I can tell you, as incredible as the Amon Carter 1794 dollar is when viewed through the slab, it is even more amazing when seen in the raw. The surfaces just come alive with blazing mirrored luster that can't be seen fully through the plastic. I was given the opportunity to hold the coin in my hands and examine it thoroughly. The edges of the coin are unbelievable...completely squared off, smooth and mirror-like themselves with no scrapes or scratches, and the edge lettering is incredibly deeply incused and sharp. When we examined the other coins, we realized that the squareness and smoothness of the edge of the Amon Carter dollar and the quality of its edge lettering was vastly superior to any of the others -- including the 1803 proof! All of us came away feeling the coin was even more special that we had originally thought."
|1795 Flowing Hair||39986||1795||$1||MS64+||1||1||2||5||
I have loved this coin since the moment I saw it a decade ago. At the time, it was in an NGC 65 holder. Aside from the beautiful original golden toning, its strongest attribute is the full and flowing luster across the surfaces. A lovely coin!
|1795 Draped Bust||39996||1795||$1||MS66||1||0||2||0||
The Eliasberg specimen....the finest known. Ex NGC MS67. Full flowing cartwheel luster graced by a kiss of delicate toning. The reverse is simply spectacular with luminous mint bloom on the eagle and clouds.
This stunning example of the 1796 dollar is the absolute finest known. The fields are alive with semi prooflike flash and the color is simply outstanding. While a bit dark, the coin is a solid gem due to the eye appeal and flash.
The Green-Newman-Morelan specimen. Delightfully lustrous for the date with a very sharp strike. The even toning serves to frame the devices which stand out nicely from the fields. A bit of shiny contact on the cheek and a few lines on the neck of Liberty prevent the gem classification.
|1798 Small Eagle Reverse||40006||1798||$1||MS63||1||0||1||0||
The Cleneay-Green-Newman-Morelan specimen. This coin is the finest known for this transitional type. It has full flowing luster and wonderful toning. A bit baggy with a touch of high point friction, it is nonetheless a marvelous example of a date that is almost never found nice.
|1798 Heraldic Eagle Reverse||6877||1798||$1||MS65||1||0||2||0||
The Stellar-Morelan specimen. Sharply struck and wonderfully lustrous, with full cartwheels front and back. A blush of dusky toning over white silvery surfaces. A tick or two do not detract.
The Boston-Morelan specimen. Held for nearly two centuries in a Boston area family's collection. Famed dollar collector Jack Lee once called this the "only early dollar in true unc" than he had seen. It is wonderfully original with full flowing luster. The only distraction are a few fingerprints on the obverse that are translucent with the light. The reverse is full MS67 quality.
The Fairfield-Morelan specimen. This is an old time gem with a classic look. The surfaces are nearly perfect with beautiful multicolored toning and luster about the edges.
Full, flowing cartwheel luster with fairly clean surfaces overlayed with beautiful, original toning. This coin's main flaw is a series of light friction lines on Liberty's cheek ...and there is some debate as to whether or not those are enough to prevent a gem grade. My personal in hand opinion is that it is indeed a gem although it will never CAC. Certainly one of the finest survivors of the date.
The Green-Newman-Morelan specimen. Beautiful, flashy obverse with multicolored toning over prooflike surfaces. The devices are nicely frosty, as is the reverse. A small unfortunate scratch in front of Liberty's face prevents a gem classification.
The Green-Newman-Morelan specimen. This coin is an amazing gem with velvety mint frost on the devices and full cartwheel luster under variable golden and rainbow toning. A few ticks hardly distract from the amazing eye appeal of this finest known example.