The Morgan dollar has long been associated with the ‘Wild West’ but this quintessentially American coin has a fascinating British link. In 1876, Henry Linderman, the Director of the US Mint at Philadelphia, began the task of redesigning the nation’s coinage, and the talents of George T. Morgan were brought to his attention when he was recommended by Charles Fremantle, Deputy Master of The Royal Mint. Morgan sailed for the US in September 1876 and made a good impression right away. Within 18 months, he had designed the Morgan dollar, the coin which made him famous. He went on to enjoy a long and distinguished career at the US Mint and was promoted to Chief Engraver in 1917, a position he held until his death in 1925.