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#946884 - 10/24/05 01:03 PM George T Morgan $100 Gold Union Coin
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Has anyone heard of the $100 Gold Union coin, certified by NGC and the Smithsonian. I understand it is a 1 ounce pure gold proof with a seated lady liberty, 13 stars, and the date of 1876 on the front with a majestic eagle on the back. I've been told there were 5,000 struck using a design proposed by George T. Morgan for a centennial coin. I've looked on the internet and can't find a referene to it.

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#946885 - 10/28/05 12:27 PM Re: George T Morgan $100 Gold Union Coin [Re: cindy]
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I don't know about any union coins ever being struck, but there were pattern half union coins dated 1877. These were $50 coins which would have contained 2.41875 oz. of gold (so a $100 union would have been twice that, or nearly 5 oz.). I believe the US Government has two half union coins struck in gold, and they were originally sold to William Woodin (who later became Treasury Secretary), but the seller changed his mind and wanted them back as they were national treasures. As a result, the seller traded Woddin a trunk full of US Pattern coins, so he became the owner of the largest collection of patterns ever owned by an individual. There were however several patterns struck in gilt copper (Judd 1548 and 1549), I believe eight are known, and one was sold by Bowers & Merena at auction in January 2001, though I don't know how much it realized. For a photo of the gilt copper pattern, click here. I hope this helps.
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#946886 - 11/04/05 05:51 PM Re: George T Morgan $100 Gold Union Coin [Re: jtryka]
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Not only have I heard of it, I was fortunate enough to puchase two of them. George T. Mrogan proposed the design in 1876 but the coins weren't struck until 2005. It is in fact a one ounce pure gold coin. They are certified by NGC as Ultra Cameo Gem Proof...the top rating of any coin. If you want I can send you pictures of the coin. Just go to the user list and look me up and send me an email and I will forward the pics to you.

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#946887 - 01/13/06 09:52 PM Re: George T Morgan $100 Gold Union Coin [Re: cindy]
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They made a few of the very rare 5 ounce $100 gold Unions. The renderings for these coins where found in the Smithsonian Numismatic collection while closed for renivations. It seems as if George Morgan had designed this coin to be used for large bank tranactions (like the $50's of the day). Congress would not authorize it since they were trying to "push" paper money on us. Well, in the "Old West" if it weren't gold or silver, it weren't money. I can tell you this, this is the most beautiful coin I have ever seen. NGC also slabbed these big 5 ouncers. I am proud to have 4 of these. I think I may be the only one to actually own 4 of them....

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#946888 - 01/17/06 02:57 PM Re: George T Morgan $100 Gold Union Coin [Re: keesha33]
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No clue what you are referring too....but I would sure love to see pictures of the $50 and $100 coins!!!
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#946889 - 01/22/06 07:07 PM Re: George T Morgan $100 Gold Union Coin [Re: kryptonitecomics]
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I just saw an ad for a silver version of the union pattern for $99, not bad for less than face!
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#946890 - 01/24/06 03:03 PM Re: George T Morgan $100 Gold Union Coin [Re: jtryka]
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jtryka, could you tell me where you saw that ad, in a magazine? I'm very interested.

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#946891 - 01/28/06 10:53 PM Re: George T Morgan $100 Gold Union Coin [Re: dspri714]
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Sorry it's taken so long to respond, but I've been really swamped this week. The ad I saw shows the $100 proof in silver, weighing 1.5 ounces, encapsulated by NGC. It says also that a portion of the $99 sale price goes to support the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian, so it seems legit. The toll free number in the ad is 1-888-751-1933. Hope this helps!
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"I think our coinage is artistically of atrocious hideousness." Theodore Roosevelt, December 27, 1904.

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#946892 - 02/10/06 12:24 PM Re: George T Morgan $100 Gold Union Coin [Re: dspri714]
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The ad you're referring to is simply that - an advertisement. Upon reading the fine print, these medallions are struck by the New York Mint - a Direct Mail company. The U.S. Mint has not endorsed this product. Just because it was sealed in a case by the NGC, doesn't authenticate it's authenticity - it only states that it is in proof condition as advertised.

Use caution when buying this product. At the price of silver, you are paying far more than it's worth.

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#946893 - 02/22/06 12:17 AM Re: George T Morgan $100 Gold Union Coin [Re: cindy]
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Yes there are George T Morgan Coins that are now in the smithsonian. They are everything you had mentioned. The artwork on them is taken from the sketchpads that were found belonging to George T Morgan. Here is a Picture of them for your reference. The first 10 coins I believe went to auction and number one I believe went for 33,000 US. There were a liminted number left, 1500, going for 2000us per. Anymore questions feel free to buzz....


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