This book is a “must have” for the Fitzgerald silver dollar collector because it contains a population report for the collection. For the first time, the collector can determine rarity and make an education decision on the premium they are willing to pay for a coin. For example, last week I purchased two coins with the help of this guide.
The first coin: Fitzgerald 1897 MS64
Fitzgerald Collection Population - 16 Silver Dollars
The 1897 Fitzgerald Morgan silver dollar is a very difficult coin to find with only 16 known examples in the collection (11 MS63’s and 5 MS64’s). This coin is a beautiful MS64 with minimal contact marks and great eye appearance.
The second coin: Fitzgerald 1880-S MS65PL
Fitzgerald Collection Population - 1 Silver Dollar.
While there were 607 Fitzgerald 1880-S Morgan silver dollars in the graded population, there was only 1, 1880-S graded as MS65 PL and this is that coin.
I purchased two other difficult to find Fitzgerald silver dollars from Great Collections that I will cover in a future report. I hesitate to invite competition, but if you are not using Great Collections auctions, you are passing on an excellent opportunity.