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Bruce Morelan Collection of Early Dollars - The Number One Finest Set of All Time

HOF 2014 2015 2016
Current Statistics
Rank

1
GPA with Top Bonuses

65.843
GPA Weighted

64.814
Complete

100.00%
Set Rating

65.843

About This Set: A lifelong dream set that will never ever be truly completed.

Bruce Morelan Collection of Early Dollars

Image Item PCGS # Date Denom Grade PCGS # Pop PCGS # Pop Higher Pop Pop Higher Comments
1794 86851 1794 $1 SP66 1 12
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 25
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 20
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.
1796 6859 1796 $1 MS65 1 0 10
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.
1797 40004 1797 $1 MS64 2 0 30
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 10
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 20
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.
1799 6878 1799 $1 MS66 2 0 20
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.
1800 6887 1800 $1 MS65+ 1 0 10
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.
1801 6893 1801 $1 MS65 1 0 20
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.
1802 40093 1802/1 $1 MS64 1 45
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.
1803 40101 1803 $1 MS65 1 0 10
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.

COMMENTS

Gorgeous set.

Posted @ 1/19/2017 6:46 PM By pbran

Bruce, I saw your early dollar set yesterday. It is absolutely phenomonal. BJ wouldn't open the case so I could not look at them closely, although I asked several times. I really wanted to see what the 1796, 1801 and 1803. Maybe another time. Congratulations on what no one before you has ever done.

Posted @ 1/6/2017 9:15 AM By Stellar

Bruce, I saw your early dollar set yesterday. It is absolutely phenomonal. BJ wouldn't open the case so I could not look at them closely, although I asked several times. I really wanted to see what the 1796, 1801 and 1803. Maybe another time. Congratulations on what no one before you has ever done.

Posted @ 1/6/2017 9:15 AM By Stellar

I can't wait to see all 12 of these in person at the 2017 FUN Convention!

Posted @ 12/1/2016 1:00 PM By wdperki

I can't wait to see all 12 of these in person at the 2017 FUN Convention!

Posted @ 12/1/2016 1:00 PM By wdperki

Absolutely Beautiful Early Dollars..............

Posted @ 5/1/2016 12:43 PM By derf21

Awesome set - best of the best! Congratulations on such a wonderful achievement

Posted @ 2/22/2015 6:59 PM By EastonCollection

Hi Bruce,

Posted @ 1/30/2015 2:13 PM By icrf03

What a great set!! Beyond words.

Posted @ 12/29/2014 1:55 PM By DAM