George T. Morgan was an unlikely person to become one of the most famous engravers in American history. A British citizen who couldn’t find work at the Royal Mint in his native Great Britain, Morgan went on to create one of the most iconic designs on an American coin in the nation’s coinage history. Today, Silver.com offers the ½ oz Great American Mint Silver Morgan Round in brand-new condition.
- Consists of one-half ounce of .999 fine silver.
- Features the Morgan Silver Dollar image of Lady Liberty.
- Designed originally by George T. Morgan.
- Struck between 1878 and 1904, with an additional year in 1921.
- Produced in the USA.
- Ships in individual plastic flips, tubes of 20, and boxes with a total weight of 500 oz of silver.
When Henry Richard Linderman, Director of the United States Mint, began an effort to redesign American silver coins in 1876, he reached out to his counterpart at London’s Royal Mint. In search of a quality engraver, the head of the Royal Mint recommended 30-year-old George T. Morgan. Unable to land a full-time role at the Royal Mint, Morgan joined the United States Mint as an Assistant Engraver.
After four sessions with Anna Willess Williams, Morgan created an image of Lady Liberty that would go on to become the most famous silver dollar design in American history. Morgan’s Lady Liberty image appeared on American coins from 1878 to 1904, before briefly reappearing in 1921, eventually being replaced by the Peace Silver Dollar design.
The obverse face of ½ oz Great American Mint Silver Morgan Rounds features the image of Lady Liberty. Wearing a crown that reads “Liberty,” her left-profile portrait is surrounded by 13 stars to represent the original American colonies, and the phrase “E Pluribus Unum.”
On the reverse face is the original reverse design from the Morgan Silver Dollar. An eagle with outstretched wings is surrounded by an oak wreath, clutches arrows and an olive branch, and has engravings around that read “Great American Mint,” “In God We Trust,” and the weight, purity, and metal content of the round.
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