The following is press release from Stanton Books:
The Top Morgan Dollar Varieties, An Advancement of Knowledge,
by Kevin Flynn is now available. The book is 6 by 9, 190 pages.
Softcover only $24.95 plus shipping.
The primary objective of this book is the presentation and
advancement of knowledge of many of the top Morgan Dollar die varieties. The evolution in
the study of a series requires a more in depth understanding of those
coins. Not just that they exist, but how and why they were created and
what factors contributed to their creation.
The first chapter explains what criteria was used to select the top
varieties. The beginning of the book presents the die making process
and provides an analysis on each type of die variety and how it is
created. Approximately 70% of the number of Morgan Dollar working
dies used by the Philadelphia and branch mints was uncovered and is presented.
For each of the top Morgan Dollar die varieties, a complete
description of the variety, including all doubling, repunching,
clashing, or any other part of the variety, describing in detail the
design elements and other parts of the coin affected. Multiple
detailed micro-photographs showing the die variety and also key
diagnostics to help identify and distinguish the variety from other
that are similar. All diagnostics and where applicable, the die
stages. Comments that primarily focus on how the die variety was
created, but also present other interesting helpful
information. Pricing, cross references, and the primary point of
interest. One of the most useful tools in a die variety book is clear
photographs displaying the variety; this is one of Flynn’s primary
forte, close up photographs.
The National Archives contains letters from those individuals who
were responsible for all aspects of the creation of the design,
working dies, machinery, striking of coins, and rules and regulations
enforced at the mints. These letters can help us learn a great deal
about our coins. For examples, correspondence between the Philadelphia and branch mints show that between
1885 and 1898 the branch mints were required to return all working
dies to the Philadelphia Mint at the end of each year. Chief Engraver
Charles Barber would then determine if unused reverse working dies
could be resent to the branch mints. For example, 10 pair of dollar
working dies were sent to the Carson City Mint in 1893 with 10 pair
returned in January of 1894. Five of the reverses were unused and
saved for future use. These eventually became the 5 reverses that
were used by the New Orleans Mint in 1900 and became the
There are approximately twenty-five known 1880 Morgan Dollars; the
most for any one year in any series. Letters found in the National
Archives showed the only time these overdates could have been
created. Many of these 1880 Morgan overdates have diagnostics which
are not seen on other overdates and were the key to unraveling the
mystery on how these overdates were created.
There have been several die varieties that have been misattributed,
such as the 1898-O VAM 20 that was simply called a repunched date and
is actually the only known large/small date in the Morgan Dollar
series. Other varieties have been absolutely refuted such as the
1882-O VAM 3, 4, 5, which cannot be the result of an underlying S mint
mark. These are presented along with a complete analysis on these
varieties. This includes four different stages of the 1882-O VAM 3 EDS.
For some varieties such as the 1899-O Micro O and 1900-O/CC, as
there are several varieties of each, all known varieties are presented
with detailed photographs and complete diagnostics to make
distinguishing, even in lower grades much easier.
Price for the softcover is $24.95 plus $5 for shipping. To order,
send a check or money order to Kyle Vick at Stanton Books and Stone
Mountain Supply, 1575Old Alabama Road, Suite 115, Roswell, GA30076,
770-640-5055, www.stantonbooks.com.Kyle also
offers dealer discounts and large quantity discounts