The complete (for now) Radiant Collection - Numismatics and Exonumia of the Atomic Age! Link to the Showcase in my bio. I spent about a year putting this collection of inexpensive moderns together, which was pretty fun. The companion book in the photo is Disney’s Our Friend the Atom, which has great art, info, and optimism. But the “narrative” of the collection follows Craig Nelson’s “The Age of Radiance: The Dramatic Rise and Epic Fall of the Atomic Era”. #coincollecting#numismatics#coins
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Interesting Facts About the U.S. Morgan Silver Dollar: -- George T. Morgan was an apprentice at the U.S. Philadelphia Mint when he designed his world-famous silver dollar in 1878. -- His model for the Liberty personification was a 17-year-old schoolteacher named Anna Williams. -- Morgan designed the reverse's eagle using a stuffed bald eagle at the Philadelphia Mint as his model. -- Only the first 1878 Morgan dollar issue showed eight tailfeathers on the eagle. After an ornithologist objected to Mint director Lindemann that eagles display an odd number of feathers, Morgan reduced the number to seven on a revised type later that year. -- The 1878-1921 Morgan silver dollar series is the most collected of all classic U.S. Mint silver dollars.
-- The Morgan silver dollar was a national coin, struck at four mints across the country with silver discovered at the fabled Comestock lode. For its impressive size and silver content, the Morgan dollar came to be affectionately known as the "Cartwheel" in an age when wagon trains headed for the Western frontier. -- Only about 17% of original Morgans are estimated to survive today. About 2% are uncirculated. -- Morgans have an exceptionally high silver content. All Morgan dollars contain .7736 troy ounces of precious silver. Each is a large 38mm (1 1/2 inches) in diameter.