The hoard included rare dates and coins with similar and appealing toning. To distinguish these Morgan dollars, NGC has given each coin the pedigree “Atlanta Bank Hoard.”
The Atlanta Bank Hoard revealed many low-mintage dates, including 22 1879-CC Morgan dollars, 11 1891-CC Morgan dollars, 15 1893-CC Morgan dollars, 18 1894 Morgan dollars, 20 1895-O Morgan dollars, and 37 1895-S Morgan dollars. Of these, the 1894 Morgan dollars are particularly rare, the firm says. The 1894 was an instant rarity when it was issued, as only 110,000 pieces were struck – the second-lowest mintage of any circulation issue in the entire series.
Most of the coins in the Atlanta Bank Hoard are in Very Good to Extremely Fine condition, with a few coins achieving a Mint State grade. Typically, key date Morgan dollars have uneven toning in circulated grades, but the Atlanta Bank Hoard is an exception. Most of the coins have similar and appealing toning.
“We were very pleasantly surprised by the quality of the Atlanta Bank Hoard coins,” said Mark Salzberg, NGC chairman, and grading finalizer. “The group contains many rare dates, and most of the coins are also attractively toned.”
The Atlanta Bank Hoard was discovered by Bob Harwell of Hancock & Harwell, a rare coin and precious metal brokerage firm based in Atlanta. A woman called him one day and said that she had hundreds of Morgan silver dollars that her father had collected at the Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank. His father (her grandfather) had worked at the bank, and on Saturdays, he took his son to work with him and let him look through bags of silver dollars for the most valuable coins.
“When the owner of the Atlanta Bank Hoard gave me an overview of how the collection came to be, it brought back many fond memories,” said Harwell. “When I was collecting coins during the 1950s and 1960s, my future partner’s father would take us to the bank, lock us in the vault and let us hunt through bags of coins. The amazing thing about this hoard is that while most of the coins are circulated, they all have gorgeous toning. I was impressed.”
Harwell contacted Jeff Garrett, president of Mid-American Rare Coin Galleries, to help with the research and sale of the hoard. Garrett submitted the coins to NGC for certification to ensure that the coins were accurately graded and their pedigree was preserved.
Now that the coins have been certified, Morgan dollars pedigreed to the Atlanta Bank Hoard can be found in the free NGC Census at www.NGCcoin.com/Census.
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