1879 $1 Morgan Dollar, Judd-1613, Pollock-1809, Low R.7
George Morgan's Liberty Head obverse design is usually known simply as the Morgan design. The reverse has a tall, erect eagle with UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and IN GOD WE TRUST above, and ONE DOLLAR below. Struck in silver with a reeded edge. George Morgan's eagle on the reverse was described as "scrawny." It at least appears ill-proportioned when compared to an actual eagle. This piece may well be the second finest known. According to Saul Teichman the finest is a PCGS PR68 that was plated in Wayne Miller's silver dollar book.
PR67 Cameo $14,950.00 (Jan 6, 2009 HA.com)
1878 $1 Morgan Dollar, Judd-1550A, Pollock-1725
The design on both sides is similar to the adopted Morgan dollar, but on the obverse the point of the bust truncation is nearer to star 1 than to the 1 in the date. The wheat ear in Liberty's cap is distant from the R in PLURIBUS. On the reverse there are no "cut-in" notches where the eagle's lower wings join to its torso. Struck in silver with a reeded edge.
PR65 $9,200.00 (Jan 6, 2009 HA.com)
1878 $1 Morgan Dollar, Judd-1553, Pollock-1730, Unique?
The obverse appears to be identical to the regular issue 1878 Morgan dollar. Compared to a proof 1878 7 TF Morgan, both obverse dies have exactly 148 dentils, and all other details appear to be the same. The reverse is similar to the regular issue reverse, with minor differences. The olive branch has nine leaves in a slightly different layout, with other differences in the arrows and slimmer wings. Note the first A in AMERICA, distant from the wing on this pattern, and touching the wing on the regular issue. Berries are in different clusters and leaves in the wreath are in different groups. However, this 1878 Morgan dollar pattern is a closer match to the regular design than any others of the year. Struck in copper with a reeded edge.
PR64 Red and Brown $109,250.00 (May 28, 2009 HA.com)
1878 $1 Morgan Dollar, Judd-1550, Pollock-1727, Low R.6
Similar to the adopted design, but there are only three leaves on the eagle's branch. Struck in silver with a reeded edge. Further characterized by the "notched" wing, as later used on the regular issue.