Click to enlargeJ1638/P1838

Morgan's coiled hair design in gold, one of about 12 to 15 known. The planchet stock was rolled such that the gold examples have striated surfaces. These were believed to have been struck from shaved half eagle stock.

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These were offered as part of a set of goloid patterns. To view Morgan's set which included this design, click here. The earliest occurrence was the 1882 George Cogan Sale of the J. Colvin Randall collection, lot 631.

Note: Although many reference works state that there are two examples in the Smithsonian, there is in fact, only one example, the Lilly coin.

They were also struck in the following metals.

J1639/P1839 copper with over a dozen are known.

J1640/P1840 aluminum with at least 5 known.

J1641/P1841 white metal unique ex Newcomer.

Photo courtesy of Heritage.