Rick's Pedigree Coins - Mapes Casino Collection
Littleton Coin Company (www.Littletoncoin.com) has provided the Pedigree Collector with several interesting collections in the past and with the acquisition of the “Mapes Casino Collection”, Littleton again is introducing another special line for the pedigree collector. I especially like Littleton’s choice of the NGC holder and special label to display the unique collectible. The following was taken from Littleton’s press release regarding the Mapes Casino collectible:
“Recently we hit the jackpot when we were offered coins from an original bag of 1881-S Morgans – and now Lady Luck shines on you. Coming across an original bag of Morgans rarely happens nowadays... and it’s even more unusual when it’s tied directly to history! These beauties once belonged to Charles Mapes, Jr., the owner of the Mapes Hotel in Reno, NV. According to our sources, this was his favorite bag and he set it aside because he felt the silver dollars inside were especially attractive.
When the Mapes Hotel opened in the heart of downtown Reno in December 1947, it was one of the first in Reno with dining, casinos and a nightclub. The top floor held the fabulous Sky Room, hosting Mae West, Judy Garland, Milton Berle, Sammy Davis Jr. and more. With two casinos, the Mapes went through lots of Morgan dollars. Nevada gambling rules required casinos to have cash on hand and that “cash” was silver dollars,so Charles Mapes got to see thousands of Morgan dollars. Although Charles lost control of his hotel in 1982 and it was demolished in 2000, these coins from his original bag of 1881-S Morgans from the San Francisco Mint remain. Now you can own a silver dollar from the legendary Mapes casino in very desirable grades. Each 1881-S is graded by our experts and certified by NGC with the Mapes Casino Hoard label. These lustrous, fully struck Morgans with their unusual pedigree will be showpieces in any collection.”
Many of the coins that I have seen from this group have attractive toning as well as excellent eye-appeal. And the nice thing is that all you need to do is get one coin and you have a complete year/mintmark collection!