Click to enlargeBoth 1877 Morgan Obverses
by Saul Teichman

This picture compares the two Morgan obverses side by side.

The obverse on the left was used to strike J1503-J1507/P1664-P1669 and was actually the earlier die. It shows less hair which doesnt extend beyond cap edge and there is no initial M on Liberty's neck. The first leaf points past the letter R and the third leaf touches the letter I in Pluribus and there are 118 wide denticles around the rim.

The obverse on the right was used to strike J1503,J1504,J1506,J1509/P1656-P1663 only. The hair extends beyond the cap at right and the initial M is on Liberty's neck. The first leaf points to left edge of the letter R and the third leaf doesnt touch base of the letter I in Pluribus and there are 146 thinner denticles around the rim.

Photos by Doug Plasencia and are courtesy of Bowers and Merena and the Harry W. Bass Jr. Research Foundation.

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