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By Stack's Bowers Galleries

Author: Stack's Bowers Galleries / Wednesday, October 03, 2018 / Categories: Did You Know?

Did you know Stack’s Bowers Galleries is featuring The Barnett Collection in our upcoming official auction of the Whitman Coin and Collectibles Winter Expo, October 24-26 in Baltimore, Maryland?  The Barnett Collection of Morgan silver dollars represents the efforts, interests, and investments of three generations of a small Southern family, spanning nearly 100 years of coin collecting. However, Dr. George Harden Barnett (1923-2009) is given credit as the “patriarch” of this collection. 


Dr. Barnett was a family dentist who was best described as a “workaholic.” He typically worked six days a week, with appointments starting as early as 7:00 AM. These extensive hours accommodated many working people - allowing them the flexibility to schedule appointments that did not interfere with their work schedules. Dr. Barnett was a beloved figure in his community as evidenced by his selection as his city’s Mayor and later its First Citizen. Dr. Barnett found great pleasure in this coin collection; it provided a place of solitude whenever he could pull himself away from his very busy life. 


The Barnett family is now offering approximately 1/3 of its collection of Morgan silver dollars, including an 1895 Morgan. Most of the coins in this collection were uncertified when they were submitted for this auction and the majority of the collection has been unseen by the public for 50 to 75 years or more. Dr. Barnett was described by one of his coin collecting friends as “having a very good eye” for Morgan silver dollars, and the grading/certification of most of the coins in this collection has proved this to be true.