The Top Five Morgan Silver Dollars

Written by Daniel J. Goevert

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For each date and condition, compounded annual return rates were computed from 1950 to 2005. [Editorial note: compounded annual return rate isrepparttar accepted yardstick for comparing investment performance. Of course, coins do not grow at a guaranteed uniform rate, such as bonds do, but if a coin is purchased at a certain price, and that price is compared withrepparttar 144606 value ofrepparttar 144607 coin at some later date,repparttar 144608 compounded annual return rate can be calculated forrepparttar 144609 time period in between]. Return rate computations were made from 1980 to 2005, 1995 to 2005, and 2000 to 2005. For each Morgan dollar,repparttar 144610 data was placed in tabular format.

Next, I calculated a “composite” score for each date by averaging allrepparttar 144611 compounded return rates computed for that date. Continuing on withrepparttar 144612 example above,repparttar 144613 “composite” score forrepparttar 144614 1889-CC is 9.14. I then ranked allrepparttar 144615 “composite” scores. The Morgan silver dollars withrepparttar 144616 highest scores are as follows:

Date: Score: 1895 11.37 1892-CC 10.54 1894 10.43 1878-CC 10.28 1883-CC 10.25

So, it would appear, based on past performance over a period of 55 years,repparttar 144617 1895 isrepparttar 144618 Morgan silver dollar withrepparttar 144619 best hope of appreciating significantly inrepparttar 144620 years ahead, followed byrepparttar 144621 1892-CC, 1894, 1878-CC, and 1883-CC. Not surprisingly, dollars ofrepparttar 144622 Carson City Mint occupy 13 ofrepparttar 144623 top 16 positions, thanks to persistent collectors scrambling for bona fide artifacts ofrepparttar 144624 romantic American West. Onrepparttar 144625 opposite end ofrepparttar 144626 rankings, Morgan silver dollars havingrepparttar 144627 bleakest long term prospects includerepparttar 144628 1898, 1899-O, 1884, andrepparttar 144629 1888-O, followed byrepparttar 144630 1897 coming in dead last with a score of 2.66.

Anyone whose dual objective is to acquire Morgan silver dollars with a bullish future ought to begin looking atrepparttar 144631 “Top Five” above. Purchase coins inrepparttar 144632 best condition you can afford, but be surerepparttar 144633 coins are clean, problem-free, and CERTIFIED by a reputable grading service. Be prepared to hold for at least five years. Morgan dollars have skyrocketed in value inrepparttar 144634 last three years, so some cooling off may be in order beforerepparttar 144635 next upward cycle.

If a polling firm were to surveyrepparttar 144636 population of US coin collectors, it is very possible that Morgan silver dollars would winrepparttar 144637 vote asrepparttar 144638 most appealing coin in American coinage history. These beautiful coins have beenrepparttar 144639 heartbeat ofrepparttar 144640 hobby for many years, with no retreat in sight. Ironically, these same coins spentrepparttar 144641 better part of a century hidden away in government vaults, unseen, unwanted, and unloved. My, how times have changed!

Author Daniel J. Goevert is the webmaster of US Coin Values Advisor (, specializing in coin value trends and listing bullish US coins. Other offerings include detailed coin collecting advice as well as an illustrated history of the United States and the US Mint.

From Immigrant to American Toy Producing Leader- The Gund Story

Written by Sharon Lauer

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Gund is responsible for pioneering many innovations, safety standards and manufacturing processes inrepparttar toy industry. The concept of industry licensing was introducted by Jacob Swedlin with cartoon characters such as Felixrepparttar 144605 Cat, Mickey Mouse, Popeye and others. Gund was alsorepparttar 144606 first to produce a musical toy which was affordably priced forrepparttar 144607 average American family. Gund set an industry standard for safety by divising a way to attach eyes securely to plush animals so that babies and children could not pull them off.

In 1980repparttar 144608 famous Gotta Getta Gund advertising campaign began re-establishing Gund as a household name. Todayrepparttar 144609 company manufactures an extensive collection of unique characters and licensed plush. The 106 year old company is based in Edison, New Jersey and distributes it's treasures throughoutrepparttar 144610 United States, Candada, andrepparttar 144611 world.

Sharon Lauer is the webmaster for She regularly researches and updates the site on plush topics.

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