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Frankm6
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Any thoughts on Morgan dollars versus Peace dollars in coin work? Better, thicker, thinner? I'm going to start to explore some stuff with dollars and would love to hear any thoughts from the more experienced coinworkers here at the Café.

Thanks,
Frank
Brian Roberts
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Hey Frank,

Morgan dollars are certainly more beautiful than Peace dollars I find. Uncirculated Morgans seem to be a bit thicker than Peace dollars. It seems you can better determine which side is facing away from the palm easier on the Morgans when you use your little finger to brush the face. Maybe I'm wrong but the well worn (soft) Morgans are more easily attained and much nicer to handle than peace dollars of a similar finish.

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Brian
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I think Morgans look better. That's all I notice.
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Larry Barnowsky
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I have used both. Currently I am using the Peace dollars after using Morgans for quite some time. It's very subjective but, for the moves and palms that I use, I find the Peace dollars have a better "hold" to them. If you need soft coins for some effects then you'll find the Morgans are more plentiful. You can save money by using Ikes. They are cheap and readily available. They are pretty unattractive coins however.
Brian Proctor
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I personally use Peace dollars over Morgans. They stand out in contrast to the dark appearance of the Morgans. I think that helps greatly for people standing far away.

Daryl gave me a tip to make them softer sounding. I placed them on a sanding stone on each side moving in a continuous figure eight. It took a while for four coins, but they sound like a dream. Or at least the lack of sound is like a dream. Smile

This helps with palming too. Since you are evenly getting the coin by going in the figure eight, the edges are in a way sharpened evenly around.

It's best to do this with Peace dollars, because it doesn't detract from the beauty of the coin. I've tried this with a couple Morgans, it made them look awkward.

Anyway, I just think they are a prettier coin when compared to the Morgan. Smile
Rob Johnston
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Everyone's hands are different...but I use Morgans.
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Jonathan Townsend
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Mickey uses Peace dollars.
...to all the coins I've dropped here
Mike Wild
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I have to go with the Morgans myself. I'm mostly a 1/2 dollar person, but when using dollars, it's always Morgans for me. Also, it's purely a visual thing for me, I don't really notice a difference when it comes to palming them.

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Rob Johnston
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I am primarily a half dollar user, but when I have to use bigger coins...then Morgans are the way to go.
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James Harrison
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I've found Morgans to look prettier.

I do use Liberty halfs for close-up work though. The big coins are for stuff like 3-fly, or David Williamson's pick-up version of chink-a-chink.
rmoraleta
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Well... I used to collect them. Morgans are beautiful!
lefty
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Hi everybody

I use two kinds of Morgan dollars. One is the soft Morgan dollars and the other is gold Morgan dollars.

My friend, Reed, saw them and liked them.
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GeorgeG
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Though I had Todd make me years ago a 1923 Peace U3F, with Bob's permission, I do like the Morgan dollar and have concentrated my custom gaff coin collection on this design; it's such a gorgeous classic looking coin.
Andini
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I used to collect, too, and I must say that the Peace dollar is one of the most beautiful coins in the history of U.S. coins. I love those Peace dollars. Morgans aren't bad, either.
Chris Thibault
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I prefer Morgans.
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Alym Amlani
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Where do I get some Morgan dollars? How much are they? Is there a cheaper place to get them?
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Vincent
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You can log onto eBay and do a search for Morgan dollars. They should have a pretty large selection.

You may want to try contacting one of the coin shops that does business on eBay and ask them if they have Morgans that are 'soft', in order to save some money.

You can probably expect to pay $10 per soft Morgan.

Hope this helped you out a little.

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Alym Amlani
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Ya, I contacted the local coin shop here and they said it would be about 20 CAD for one coin. Anyway, I'll keep my eyes on ebay (I'm active on ebay anyway) and see if I can pick some up. Are they worth it? When doing a Miser's Dream would you think that it would be just better to use lightweight plastic coins?

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$10! That's a lot for soft coins. For my Morgans I paid $5 each. For my Peace, which I obtained after my Morgans were stolen, I paid $7 each. I would shop around a bit before paying $10 each.

I prefer the Peace due to the fact that they supposedly have more silver content than the Morgans. They have a beautiful ring to them, that Morgans do not have.

C
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Miser's Dream needs loud, authentic sounding coins. Buy the cheapest on ebay. I got some recently very low priced. For stage you don't need mint condition coins, smooth worn ones are best... but it is the SOUND you need authentic.
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