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30 Nov 2019

A Book Review of The Private Sketchbook of George T. Morgan: America’s Silver Dollar Artist

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A Book Review of The Private Sketchbook of George T. Morgan: America’s Silver Dollar Artist

The Private Sketchbook of George T. Morgan: America’s Silver Dollar Artist by Karen M. Lee is a wonderful book containing pictures of George Morgan’s sketchbook. This book details his early life, education, and early career. It gives details of his time as a medalist, being mentored by Leonard Charles Wyon, a member of the Wyon dynasty who produced many notable coins and medals for the British. It details Morgan’s 1876 journey on the SS Illinois to the United States and his trial period at the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia. Soon after his arrival, the now famous designer designed the Morgan dollar. Later in this wonderful book are pictures of many sketches, many of which were of ideas for coins or designs on coins and medals. In the appendixes of this book, a list of his projects at the mint and pictures of many of these items show how successful his career was. I would recommend this amazing book not just for the many pictures but for the stories of Morgan’s life.

Comments

Longstrider

Level 6

Sounds like a must have for Morgan fans.

"SUN"

Level 5

Good book. I actually check it out from the ANA library a couple years ago.

Mike B

Level 6

I happen to have this book. I can say I found it excellent with the copies of original documents. His feud with the Barbers. They didn't want him coming here. His medals and awards forced to work out of his apartment. A great man and a giant In our hobby. .

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