Information about George T. Morgan

George T. Morgan (24 November 1845 - 4 January 1925)

George Thomas Morgan was a United States Mint engraver who is famous for designing many popular coins, such as the Morgan dollar and the reverse of the Columbian Exposition half dollar.

Morgan was born in Birmingham, England where he worked for many years as a die engraver. He came to the United States in 1876 and was hired as an assistant engraver at the Mint in October under William Barber. He figured very prominently in the production of pattern coins from 1877 onward, and designed several varieties of 1877 half dollars, the 1879 "Schoolgirl" dollar, and the 1882 "Shield Earring" coins. He became the seventh Chief Engraver of the United States Mint following the death of Charles E. Barber in February 1917.

Morgan is most famous for designing the Morgan dollar, one of many namesakes, as well as the never-released $100 Gold Union coin.

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