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The Endless Journey

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MarkW

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Morgan Madness

I?ve collected coins since the mid 50's when my mom gave me a few Indian Heads, 1 Flying Eagle, and a very worn 1868 2 cent piece. My interest in numismatics has had peaks and valleys since that time, but I still have those coins. I delivered newspapers between 1959 and 1965 and managed to salt away some silver halves even though part of me was fighting the ?saving? part.

Eventually, I started to collect in earnest and Morgan Dollars became my favorite. These huge, silver discs enthralled me. I had purchased a roll of circulated Morgans in the 60's and bought 3 Carson City Morgans in the GSA auction of 1973. Not until 2004 did I really kick my Morgan fever into gear. Then, I was satisfied in assembling a set of raw Morgans into my Danscos. Upon completion of this raw set, the next step was a registry set.

I?ve just reached the 4th anniversary of the completion of my Morgan Dollar registry set. In April of 2006 ?Poor Man?s Insanity? reached 100% with 60,964 points and a ranking of #36 of 550 sets. I had no idea that this would become an endless journey. Now, 4 years after completion, I?ve made 78 upgrades, added 54,632 points, and still maintain that 36th ranking. Although, as of today, that is among 2000 registered sets of Morgan Dollars at NGC. Am I trapped by this set? I don?t think so. I?ve had too much enjoyment striving to improve on its members. I have somewhat ?branched out? by working on VAM sets of Morgans.

The attached pic should be a Morgan, but I felt it best to display that 1868 2 cent piece that my dear departed mother gave me that planted the seed of my current madness.

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