George T. Morgan

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George T. Morgan
A photograph of the Mint engravers. Morgan is seated in the front row, second from right.
Chief Engraver of the U.S. Mint
In office
Preceded by Charles E. Barber
Succeeded by John R. Sinnock
Personal details
Born (1845-11-24)November 24, 1845
Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
Died January 4, 1925(1925-01-04) (aged 79)
United States
Occupation Engraver

George Thomas Morgan (November 24, 1845 – January 4, 1925) was an English United States Mint engraver, who is famous for designing many popular coins, such as the Morgan dollar, and the Columbian half dollar.


Born in Birmingham, England, Morgan studied in England, and worked for many years as a die engraver at Messrs. J.S. & A.B. Wyon. Morgan came to the United States from England in 1876 and was hired as an assistant engraver at the Mint in October of that year under William Barber. He figured very prominently in the production of pattern coins from 1877 onward. Morgan designed several varieties of 1877 half dollars, the 1879 "Schoolgirl" dollar, and the 1882 "Shield Earring" coins. Eventually, Morgan took the role of seventh Chief Engraver 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.

Morgan medal depicting the future Edward VII, c. 1875


  • Gibbs, William T. (October 2012). "Morgan's half dollars". Coin World: 4–5, 14, 20, 22, 24, 28, 32, 36, 40. 
  • Lee, Karen M. (2013). The Private Sketchbook of George T. Morgan. Atlanta, Ga.: Whitman Publishing. ISBN 978-079483822-5. 
Government offices
Preceded by
Charles E. Barber
Chief Engraver of the United States Mint
Succeeded by
John R. Sinnock