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by RogerB
Mon Apr 06, 2020 1:03 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: RB's Request
Replies: 10
Views: 157

Re: RB's Request

VAM Folks (VAMvolken ?) - I presently have 7 new volunteers in addition to several who have been helping for a couple of years. Not sure if I can keep up with many more, but will try to aid anyone who wants to help.

:)
by RogerB
Sun Apr 05, 2020 1:46 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: "Master die exists at Philadelphia Mint for 1964 Peace dollar"
Replies: 4
Views: 111

Re: "Master die exists at Philadelphia Mint for 1964 Peace dollar"

A lower resolution photo of the hub is in A Guide Book of Peace Dollars - has been for several years. Read the book's extensive chapter about 1964-D dollars if you want the most accurate information.
by RogerB
Sun Apr 05, 2020 3:21 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Unlisted Denticle Chacteristics?
Replies: 6
Views: 77

Re: Unlisted Denticle Chacteristics?

From examining die making and minting processes in as much factual detail as I can locate, yes it appears there is a complicated interaction between collar, dies, planchet and press setup. I don;t think we have nearly enough clear information to even do much speculating. Denticles were relatively ro...
by RogerB
Sat Apr 04, 2020 8:06 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Unlisted Denticle Chacteristics?
Replies: 6
Views: 77

Re: Unlisted Denticle Chacteristics?

Denticles and rim are part of the die. The edge is created by a different mechanical part (collar) of the press. The point of interface between these two can produce some strange looking metal distortions depending on characteristics of the planchet and press setup.
by RogerB
Sat Apr 04, 2020 2:57 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: RB's Request
Replies: 10
Views: 157

Re: RB's Request

Only a minuscule percentage of US Mint documents have ever been transcribed. Most of those relate only to a few special research projects. There is clearly much more information hidden in between the known letters and reports. (I've posted a few newly located items here from time to time.) BTW - Eve...
by RogerB
Sat Apr 04, 2020 2:51 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: RB's Request
Replies: 10
Views: 157

Re: RB's Request

We need to hear from more people, this is easy work and really contributes to the hobby. What does transcribing entail and where are the before/after product(s) located? @RogerB Nearly all US Mint documents prior to 1960 - including typed ones - fail OCR (optical character recognition). For handwri...
by RogerB
Fri Apr 03, 2020 3:36 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: RB's Request
Replies: 10
Views: 157

Re: RB's Request

Hawkeye - Thanks for the transcription mention. Anyone who is interested in trying should send me a PM with the Name and E-mail address. I will send a sample file, and if that goes well follow-up with a small batch of similar documents. (Just a note - most of the original Morgan dollar letters have ...
by RogerB
Wed Apr 01, 2020 1:40 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: MY MORGAN DOLLAR BEGINNINGS STORY
Replies: 13
Views: 169

Re: MY MORGAN DOLLAR BEGINNINGS STORY

Enjoyable story!

Whenever I count my cattle I get different numbers when I count heads versus tails. I also can add my own "mintmarks" to the critters.

:)
by RogerB
Tue Mar 31, 2020 2:17 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Friendly TEXAN with Silver $
Replies: 5
Views: 142

Re: Friendly TEXAN with Silver $

Using Treasury Department records of silver dollar distribution during the 1940-1964 period, the best places to hunt for stray silver dollars would be Montana and Nevada as a distant second. (Nevada is so obvious that much of its "hoard" is likely played out....)
by RogerB
Sun Mar 29, 2020 12:24 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Name That VAM - 1891-O edition
Replies: 26
Views: 301

Re: Name That VAM - 1891-O edition

Certainly prominent, but not mentioned in the letter.

The Special Assay coins had to pass through inspection before selection.
by RogerB
Sat Mar 28, 2020 8:20 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Name That VAM - 1891-O edition
Replies: 26
Views: 301

Re: Name That VAM - 1891-O edition

Presumably "fractured" refers to what we would now call extensive die cracks, so that would, as suggested, imply a die that had seen considerable use (or abuse). I've checked all the files I have and in NNP, but have not found the Special Assay report that would cover this variety. But -- we have le...
by RogerB
Sat Mar 28, 2020 6:21 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Leroy Van Allen - Doing well
Replies: 22
Views: 373

Re: Leroy Van Allen

colwillys wrote:
Sat Mar 28, 2020 3:44 am
I got a post card from LVA Jan 30 2020 .. Just saying sorry for delay .
I am waiting , the wheel will start to turn soon .
Don't you mean "the cartwheel will start to turn soon," ?
:)
by RogerB
Fri Mar 27, 2020 3:38 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Really the last one - IGWT was not legally approved on Morgan dollar
Replies: 8
Views: 111

Re: Really the last one - IGWT was not legally approved on Morgan dollar

Leech was noting that IGWT was not specified, so it should not have been on the coin.

[BTW - the motto was a single logotype punch made by Assistant Engraver William Key. He made punches in several sizes and they can be seen on the pattern dollars and halves.]
by RogerB
Thu Mar 26, 2020 7:02 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Really the last one - IGWT was not legally approved on Morgan dollar
Replies: 8
Views: 111

Re: Really the last one - IGWT was not legally approved on Morgan dollar

Coinage Act of February 28, 1878 attached. Please don't ruin your eyes with the fine print.
by RogerB
Thu Mar 26, 2020 6:34 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: One more early Morgan dollar letter -the Last, I promise !
Replies: 6
Views: 112

Re: One more early Morgan dollar letter -the Last, I promise !

PS: I was asked about the tiny string of letters & numbers at the top of this and other letters. In this case it is: RG104 E-1 Box 169 This is the archive identifier. It allows someone to find the location of a single document within the billions of pages held by NARA. In this instance "RG" means Re...
by RogerB
Thu Mar 26, 2020 6:12 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Is this the first Morgan dollar variety identification ?
Replies: 15
Views: 197

Re: Is this the first Morgan dollar variety identification ?

So maybe "VAMs" preceded the birth of either Leroy or George.... I wonder if there are/were early variety collectors who noticed some of the more prominent die differences?

:)
by RogerB
Thu Mar 26, 2020 4:46 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Really the last one - IGWT was not legally approved on Morgan dollar
Replies: 8
Views: 111

Really the last one - IGWT was not legally approved on Morgan dollar

This little letter - more a personal comment from the Mint Director - indicates the the religious motto "In God We Trust" was not authorized in the Bland-Allison Act of 1878. Members may argue ad infinitum.
18910404 P IGWT should not be on silver dollar.jpg
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by RogerB
Thu Mar 26, 2020 4:23 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: One more early Morgan dollar letter -the Last, I promise !
Replies: 6
Views: 112

One more early Morgan dollar letter -the Last, I promise !

I promise this will be the last Morgan dollar post from me for a while -- I'm intruding on your variety conversations. This letter is from Mr. Giles R. Anderson, a life long coin collector and the only one whose letters appear over many years of US Mint correspondence. An image and transcription app...
by RogerB
Thu Mar 26, 2020 2:25 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Is this the first Morgan dollar variety identification ?
Replies: 15
Views: 197

Re: Is this the first Morgan dollar variety identification ?

RE: " I have to wonder what guidance banks were given when the designs were rapidly changed in 1878." So far, I've seen nothing except verbal descriptions and simple illustrations to acquaint the public with new coin denominations or designs. These appear in newspapers and magazines. I've never come...