George Morgan's popular design features Liberty wearing a broad band holding her hair tightly to her head. The eponymous Shield Earring is seen dangling from Liberty's ear in the center obverse. The reverse shows a defiant eagle with raised wings. Struck in copper with a reeded edge. This is one of Morgan's most popular pattern designs and is one highly sought after by pattern collectors. The Shield Earring is one of the most popular designs in U.S. patterns, along with other notables such as the "Washlady" and "Amazonian" designs.
The Shield Earring design of George T. Morgan. A youthful Liberty faces right wearing a band with the usual inscription, the band compressing the back portion of the hair. Liberty wears a shield-shaped earring, with stars six left, seven right, date 1882 below. On the reverse a perched, defiant eagle occupies the center, clutching an olive branch and arrows. The design is reminiscent of the Flying Eagle cent and Gobrecht dollar reverses, although facing right. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and HALF DOLLAR are the peripheral legends. Struck in silver with a reeded edge.
The Shield Earring design is among the top three most popular pattern designs, a trio that also includes the Schoolgirl and Amazonian designs. The Shield Earring was also struck in quarter and silver dollar denominations and in silver and copper. It is believed that 10-12 examples are known today of the Shield Earring quarter in silver.