Uglier than the Morgan Dollar ...

Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by johnmilton, May 27, 2019.

  1. johnmilton

    johnmilton Well-Known Member

    In a few posts that I can’t find, a couple people made the comment that they think that the Morgan Dollar is unattractive. I’ll grant you that it’s not the greatest design, but it’s far from the worst in the U.S. series. Some of the worst have been in the modern commemorative coin series where the U.S. Government really has no excuses. Why issue designs that are this bad?

    Here is the worst of all. It actually took two "artists" to design the reverse of the Capital Vistor Center Half Dollar.

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    I thought I had photos of the others but I don't. Here is my list of other ugly or disappointing commemortive coins:

    The 1987 Constitution commemorative silver dollar - the line-up of patriots on the reverse look like a set-up for bowling.

    The 1988 Seoul Olympics silver dollar - And exchange of the Olympic flame on one side and the Olympic rings on the other. The late Tom Lacey, who used to run a coin shop in Massachusetts, got this reaction when he offered these coins to customers as possible Christmas presents, "Yea, what else have you got?"

    The 1991 Mount Rushmore $5 gold piece. The main design device on the reverse is "Mount Rushmore National Memorial." It looks like something you could design on your computer in a couple of minutes. When asked about the starkness of the design, the artist claimed that he had a lot of commissions and didn't have the time to do more. If I had been him I would have declined the offer to do a design if I could not do any better than that. it's the top coin in the set, the $5 gold, you don't have time to come up with anything better than that? Please.

    I sure that others can cite more examples.
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  3. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    I agree that there are some commems that only a mother could love. That being said, the Morgan is THE UGLIEST coin design meant for circulation. :)
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  4. longshot

    longshot Enthusiast Supporter

    I gotta disagree. Maybe the history associated with the Morgan has something to do with it, but I just like them.
  5. Penna_Boy

    Penna_Boy Just a nobody from the past

    I like the Morgan design also.

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  6. johnmilton

    johnmilton Well-Known Member

    I don't about that. To me the Nickel Three Cent Piece is the least interesting.

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  7. TheFinn

    TheFinn Well-Known Member

    The Barber nickel, dime, quarter and half are much uglier. And the ugly didn't stop at one denomination.
  8. Randy Abercrombie

    Randy Abercrombie Supporter! Supporter

    I agree with all the comments above. I would bet though that the Morgan dollar is likely responsible for a huge slice of new collectors initial interest. Big, beefy and screams old west. There is a romance associated with the Morgan that speaks to those of us that grew up watching old westerns...... However modern commemorative strikes? I wholeheartedly agree that I fail to see inspired design in most of them. Like the Chrysler K cars of the late 1970’s. Boring design upon boring design.
  9. twoshadows

    twoshadows Member

    In all the coinage released for normal circulation I would say the silver 3 cent piece is the ugliest and the Barber coinage next. The Barbers look to Roman to me! I love the Morgans, all Bust coinage and the Seated Liberty series. And my favorite of all time is the Indian/Buffalo Nickel!
  10. Evan8

    Evan8 A Little Off Center

    Barber anything and Franklin halfs are the worst. Give me a frosty Morgan over those two anyday of the week.
  11. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    Personally I like the Morgan Dollar design, especially the reverse. It just screams Wild West and Freedom for all. There are a lot of other coins, in all denominations, that are far uglier.

    Yes, there are many designs that are far and away better than the Morgan's so I would rate the Morgan's in the middle of the pack.

    The new modern commemoratives are by far the worst looking designs known to man, from any country. Our current coin design artists have lost sight of real art and they are out of touch with what Americans want on currency, coin and paper.
  12. Morgandude11

    Morgandude11 As long as it's Silver, I'm listening

    I like the Morgan dollar. The coin I can’t get excited about is the Lincoln cent. It is an ugly design, is tiny, and many examples have a turd brown color. The RB ones are less hideous, in my opinion.
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  13. TypeCoin971793

    TypeCoin971793 Just a random guy on the internet

    I wouldn’t call the Morgan dollar the ugliest, but there are certainly much nicer designs (such the Peace Dollar).
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  14. Dave Waterstraat

    Dave Waterstraat dave700x -1883 O nut

    Actually, your avatar coin is much less appealing than the Morgan Dollar...Just talking aesthetics ....
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  15. jgrinz

    jgrinz Senior Member

    I like em
    I collect em
    Give me all your throw aways :-0
  16. KSorbo

    KSorbo Well-Known Member

    I think we need to give honorable mention to the Wisconsin state quarter with the cow and the piece of cheese. That’s only one of many state quarter designs that leave a lot to be desired.

    The Morgan isn’t my favorite design, but it has become a symbol of America in its own right. I don’t think we’ll ever be able to say that for the state quarters, or for the modern commems.
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  17. masterswimmer

    masterswimmer Well-Known Member

    I like the Morgan.
    I dislike the Peace.
    I loathe the modem commemoratives.

    It's no different than vanilla, chocolate and strawberry. Everyone has their favorites and no one is right or wrong.
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  18. Phil Ham

    Phil Ham Hamster

    Can anything really beat this one?
    Effigy Mounds.JPG ?
  19. Razz

    Razz Critical Thinker

    Well look what the artist had to work with! Pretty much the same with the SBA dollar obverse...:)
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  20. johnmilton

    johnmilton Well-Known Member

    You don’t like the Draped Bust design that appears on the early U.S. silver coinage? I have known collectors who though the Heraldic Eagle was a step down from the Small Eagle, but I have met one who thought the Draped Bust design was unattractive. You are a first.
  21. Tlberg

    Tlberg Well-Known Member

    Agree 100% @Phil Ham - The Iowa "Mounds" quarter is The Ugliest to date. I kind of like Morgans :-\
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