When I created the poll asking whether the U.S. Mint should continue the Morgan and Peace dollar program, I expected most people would favor the program, but I did not realize how positive some people would be.
The email responses have ranged from people reconnecting with their parents collecting coins to the few who thought it was the biggest disaster since clad coinage.
One teacher said that she uses the quarters programs as a teaching tool. The coins allow her to talk about history using the depictions on the reverse. She has sets of Presidential and Native American dollars that are props to talk about those subjects. “They are great to introduce the kids to the 19th century presidents people don’t normally talk about,” she wrote.
Several people wrote how they plan to visit every national park or forest featured on the America the Beautiful Quarters Program reverse. Some have started their journey with the closest parks. One New England-based family has a quarters map and will insert a coin into every state after visiting a park.
One mom of Native American descent uses the Native American Dollar Coins to teach her children about their cultural history. “These coins have some of the best designs,” she wrote.
Comments about the Morgan and Peace dollar coins thought that using classic designs on modern coins gives new collectors access to those designs. “Given the rising cost of everything these days,” he wrote, “the U.S. Mint would allow more people to afford nice examples of popular gold coin designs.”
Currently, 69 of 95 voters said “Yes, I love them” to the poll. As we begin the season of giving thanks, let’s see whom else wants to weigh in.
Should the U.S. Mint Continue to Strike Morgan and Peace Dollars
Total Voters: 125
I see you took a quote from my email in your article. Just to clarify for everyone else reading this that my email to Scott was a letter to the editor sent to numismatic publications as well as the CCAC that commended the U.S. Mint for continuing the Morgan and Peace dollar program and suggested that the reuse of classic coin designs should be expanded. Specifically I suggested that the U.S. Mint use its existing legal authority to revive the Indian Head $2.50, $5, $10 designs as well as the Saint Gaudens $20 design (both obverse and reverse).
I hope you didn’t mind. I used quotes from three different emails that I liked.
I don’t mind at all. I’m actually glad you did! I just wanted to give everyone context around my quote and hopefully start to build popular support amongst the numismatic community that will persuade the U.S. Mint to use its broad authority to mint gold coins to revive the Indian Head $2.50, $5, $10 designs as well as the Saint Gaudens $20 design (as issued from 1907-1933).
I’ll also add that I’m happy the US Mint is doing a proof Morgan dollar next year. Not everyone can afford to purchase cameo proof Morgan dollars from 1878-1904 as nice examples are $10,000+. Getting cameo proof Morgan dollars for $85 rather than $10,000 $20,000 or $30,000 is a great thing!
I’m always in favor of using older designs on coins as I feel the newer designs lack creativity as well as beauty… I feel it is about time the US Mint completely change the look of our coins.. I’m tired of looking at the Roosevelt dimes, the Lincoln cent, as well as the Kennedy half dollar and the Jefferson nickel… Our coins use to be so beautiful when we had different forms of Liberty depicted on them. All coin collectors are aware of the older designs… Even Teddy Roosevelt felt the need to change our coins.
I am going to disagree slightly. I like the designs of the Native American dollars. They don’t get the appreciate they deserve because they do not circulate. Also, check out the designs for the proof American Platinum Eagles. Many people do not buy platinum coins because of their price but their designs are excellent.
I agree for the most part… I didn’t mention the Native American Dollars because they are beautiful and historical coins.. You are correct, the platinum coins are totally awesome, but very expensive.