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Brenton Keith
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Is the best place to find Morgan Dollars at a coin collecting store????

Also, who makes the best shell for them? And where do I find that?
Karl Miller
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To answer your first question, yes.

To answer your second question, Todd Lassen. You can see his prices here http://WWW.TODDLASSEN.COM/. You might want to check out Jamie Schoolcraft as well http://www.schoolcraftprecisionmagic.com/. In my opinion, these two guys make the best coin gaffs in the world. Definitely worth the money.

Hope this helps!

-Karl
Curtis Kam
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Howzit Brenton,

Good luck finding Morgans on Maui. The shops on Oahu are pretty well shopped out by the Japanese. If you contact Todd, he will supply Morgans that match the shell, so he's sort of a one-stop shop. This can be handy if you're stuck on a desert island without any coins.

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You can search the internet for a reputable on-line dealer. I would suggest going with the 1921 Morgans. They're the most abundant, and therefore the easiest and cheapest to find. If you want "shiny" Morgans, you can either pay $15-$20 apiece for one, or buy some that look a little dull, and shine them up with some baking soda and water. As long as you're just going to do tricks with them, and don't plan on re-selling them, this is the cheapest thing to do. Don't tell a collector you're going to do this, though, or they'll faint. Collectors can tell if you've "altered" the coin (which seriously reduces its value), but the people you're doing the tricks for won't care. Luckily, I have about 5 or 6 dealers in the area, and I got six 1921 Morgans (rated BU or AU) for about $12-$14 each.
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Richard Lucas
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How about laser cut for folding 1/2 and cigarette thru coin (1/4 or 1/2 preferably)? Where can these be found?
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Richard,

Check out The Trickery for laser cut folders and the like:

http://www.thetrickery.com/Detail.bok?id......te_no=76

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magicmann
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I would agree with Karl, Todd Lassen is excellent
tedski
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Depends on how you want to use them...
I prefer the older, worn Morgans known by dealers as culls, or slicks.

Ebay has these all the time - you are usually paying for their worth in silver, not collectability - about $8 a coin +/-.

If you are into the gaffs, buy sets from Todd or Jamie
Dallen
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Hows it going Brenton? Like Curtis said, finding Morgans on Maui will probably be a challenge. I am not sure if you checked yet, but there is a antique coin shop in Lahaina, at the Wharf Cinema Center. Its right by the theaters on the top floor. Last time I checked, they had some pretty unique things, but am not sure if they had morgans. If they don't, hopefully they can lead you in the right direction.

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I just bought three on ebay and got 'em in ONE DAY... via post office. Yow. Paid a little over 8 bucks apiece for them INCLUDING mailing.
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Rob Johnston
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I agree with pretty much everyone else. Todd will get you a nice shell that matches 4 other regulars perfectly.
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Why are Morgan's in such demand? I have them and like them, but I use silver Eisenhower's more often.

Just curious.
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Just place an 1885 Morgan Silver Dollar next to an Ike dollar.

It's like placing a Vermeer next to a Paint by the Numbers. Smile

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Thanks, Pete. The Morgans are beautiful,but it seems everyone recognizes the Ikes ( even though they haven't been in circulation for some time).
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the saddest are, "It might have been"

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David Eichler
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I've had great luck on eBay. Be patient, watch several auctions to know what they're selling for and what condition the coins are in, and within a week or two (at the very most) you should have enough information to get a really good deal. Good luck!
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I agree, ebay is the place to watch for the coins. You can also get all grades and qualities there.

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Kihei
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I have purchased Morgans on Market Street in Wailuku at the pawn shop. I found the best deal on soft Barber halfs at the Cheap tickets on Dairy Road (the owner is a coin colletctor and doesn't like culls). I have also gotten some pretty cool chinese coins from the shop in Lahaina. It is possible to get some quality coins for routines. I have had just as much luck with E-bay as with walking into the local shops and asking for what I want. The prices after shipping were about the same.

Quite honestly the fact that there are 3 coin workers on the island in this post is the most amazing thing of all.

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Sirakor
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I don't have any experience with Dollar ] but for coins I'd say either ebay (well, you can get ANYTHING on ebay) or a coin dealer/collector. Recently when I was in Germany I went to a coin shop and asked for some silver halves and silver dollars that aren't of any collectable value. I expected him not to have any, but a second later he whipped out two gigantic buckets full of dirty worn silver coins from all places on earth that you can imagine. 2 minutes later I had 5x 1964 Kennedys, 5x Walking Liberties, 1x Peace Dollar, 5x IKE Dollars all for about 25$. Can't say no to that...
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