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Worst Morgans to go on display

Morgan silver dollars are popular. How about collecting them in the worst grade possible?

The Professional Coin Grading Service will display the lowest graded basic set of Morgans at the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money Aug. 5-9.

“The appropriately named ‘End of the Trail’ Morgan dollar collection has a Poor weighted grade point average of only 1.130. It is the all-time finest, or in this case, the worst-of-the-worst basic Morgan dollar set in the Low Ball category,” said Don Willis, PCGS president.

Obverse (left) and reverse (right) of the 1878 8 tail feather PO-1 Morgan dollar

Obverse (left) and reverse (right) of the 1878 8 tail feather PO-1 Morgan dollar

Brochures about this collection will be available at the show while supplies last. The brochure includes illustrations of the top 10 favorite low-grade Morgan dollar coins of the set’s owner, collector Mike Hoyman of Alaska.

Hoyman’s number one favorite is an 1878 eight tail feathers variety that is missing more than 99 percent of the obverse. It is graded PCGS PO-1.

The entire End of the Trail VIII Collection can be viewed online at www.pcgs.com/setregistry/alltimeset.aspx?s=82663.

Also to be put on display by PCGS at ANA is The all-time finest registry set of historic U.S. Assay Commission medals of 1860 to 1977 owned by PCGS Authorized Dealer Bill Shamhart of Numismatic Americana, Inc., in New Jersey. The set has a Mint State weighted grade point average of 62.345.

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