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Legend Rare Coin Auctions is Proud to Announce the Consignment of the World Famous Sunnywood Collection to the October Regency Auction IX

- July 31, 2014

$1 1893-S PCGS MS65 Ex Eliasberg
$1 1893-S PCGS MS65 Ex Eliasberg

Lincroft, NJ – Legend Rare Coin Auctions is proud to announce they have been consigned The Simpson Sunnywood Collection of toned Morgan Dollars in their upcoming October 2 Regency Auction IX.  This world renowned collection was honored by PCGS as the "Best Exhibited Set" in 2009.

Highlighted by the amazing Eliasberg 1893-S and Norweb 1895-O dollars, the finest known 1892-O and 1903-S dollars (both ex Eliasberg), and a number of "monster-toned" MS67 and MS68 coins, the Sunnywood Collection includes this complete Registry set plus many equally beautiful duplicates.  The goal of this endeavor was to show the numismatic community that Morgans can be collected with originality and color, and need not be dipped "blast white." Specifically, the owner has sought to collect gem-quality Morgan dollars with colorful natural toning on the obverse.

$1 1880-CC PCGS MS66+ Ex Sonnier
$1 1880-CC PCGS MS66+ Ex Sonnier

The Sunnywood Collection has tried to strike a balance between color and technical grade; thus Registry ranking has sometimes been sacrificed for the sake of eye appeal.  Each toned coin has a very distinctive appearance and personality that results from its decades of history.  The result is a fascinating collection with great eye appeal that was highly challenging to assemble.  Many common dates can be found with dramatic and vibrant multi-colored rainbow Mint bag toning.  Among these, there are also coins that can be found with fascinating patterns acquired from contact with the burlap canvas of the Mint bags ("textile toners"), or with roll-paper toning acquired by coins at the ends of bank-wrapped rolls ("end rollers").  For many other dates, however, it becomes a challenge to find any attractive original examples.  Some of the rarer dates are virtually unknown in mint state with nice natural color; in those cases original specimens from the great collections such as Eliasberg and Norweb are the Holy Grail.  Sunnywood considers the "Basic Set" to be exactly 100 coins: the 97 included here by PCGS, plus the three significant hub varieties (1878 Rev. of '79, 1879-S Rev. of '78, and 1880/79-CC Rev. of '78).

While the entire Sunnywood Collection is something to behold, it includes several gorgeous, top notch highlights:

$1 1902-O PCGS MS66+
$1 1902-O PCGS MS66+
  • $1 1893-S PCGS MS65 Ex Eliasberg
  • $1 1879 PCGS MS66
  • $1 1880-CC PCGS MS66+ Ex Sonnier
  • $1 1880-S PCGS MS68
  • $1 1888-O PCGS MS66+
  • $1 1890-CC PCGS MS65 Ex Sonnier
  • $1 1894 PCGS MS65
  • $1 1898 PCGS MS65
  • $1 1902-O PCGS MS66+
  • $1 1903-S PCGS MS67 Ex Eliasberg

Legend Rare Coin Auctions partner Laura Sperber was "honored when Mr. Simpson told me he was consigning The Sunnywood Collection to our next sale.  This is no ordinary set.  These coins offer both breathtaking color and the utmost quality.  Personally, I haven't even been able to look at other Morgans since I've had the pleasure of seeing this collection in our office! If you love toned Morgans, you can't miss this sale!"

Starting today, you can preview The Sunnywood Collection highlights on the Legend Rare Coin Auctions website:  Keep checking back for more highlights and the full sale to be posted in the coming weeks.

The Regency Auction IX will return to The Bellagio in Las Vegas on Thursday, October 2 at the PCGS Members Only Show.  Lot viewing will be available at the ANA World's Fair of Money, the Long Beach Coin & Collectibles Expo, and by appointment.

For information about Legend Rare Coin Auctions or consigning to future sales, email Julie Abrams at [email protected], call 845-430-4378, or visit

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