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by RogerB
Wed Nov 25, 2020 3:59 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Just off the boat and no room at the Mint
Replies: 8
Views: 182

Re: Just off the boat and no room at the Mint

PS: The normal work day for engravers was 9-3 Monday-Friday, and 9-1 Saturday. (The Mints closed at 1pm Saturday - in "mint language" this was called a "half-day holiday.")
by RogerB
Tue Nov 24, 2020 6:35 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 2021 dollars
Replies: 11
Views: 200

Re: 2021 dollars

The original concept was to follow-on to 2016 gold versions of the new designs. For 2021, it was a 1-T.oz. high relief gold "Peace dollar." The external proposal for a 2021 Morgan (fully bogus idea), and a 2021 Peace dollar have not, I think, passed Congress and been signed. (I'll ask The Donald thi...
by RogerB
Tue Nov 24, 2020 2:59 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1878-S VAM-1C Die Chip R, Reverse Die Used in 1879 (Reinstated 2015)
Replies: 10
Views: 139

Re: 1878-S VAM-1C Die Chip R, Reverse Die Used in 1879 (Reinstated 2015)

Roger, Good to see you contributing here. I dont think the TPGs other than ANACS , who does all VAMs, would spend the time on a series that until just recently was relatively cheap to collect (79S-R78). But I see where you are heading and the variety has gotten expensive to collect in any MS Grade....
by RogerB
Mon Nov 23, 2020 10:26 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1878-S VAM-1C Die Chip R, Reverse Die Used in 1879 (Reinstated 2015)
Replies: 10
Views: 139

Re: 1878-S VAM-1C Die Chip R, Reverse Die Used in 1879 (Reinstated 2015)

Roger, This die was used for coinage in 1879 (S). Same die used in 1878 for VAMs 1C and 95. SF had a few dies used in 79 from the 78 run. tim Reverse B2a– Lightly engraved shallow feathers between eagles right wing and leg. Slightly doubled D in Dollar at bottom. Die chip on upper right of loop of ...
by RogerB
Mon Nov 23, 2020 6:57 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1878-S VAM-1C Die Chip R, Reverse Die Used in 1879 (Reinstated 2015)
Replies: 10
Views: 139

Re: 1878-S VAM-1C Die Chip R, Reverse Die Used in 1879 (Reinstated 2015)

In ignorant question:

By "Reverse Die Used in 1879" do you mean the same reverse die design, or this specific die was paired with an obverse dated "1879?"
by RogerB
Sun Nov 22, 2020 12:08 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: SSDC Registry deadline is Dec 1st
Replies: 20
Views: 952

Re: SSDC Registry deadline is Dec 1st

Does one 1893-S qualify as a set? (VG. Acquired for face from a bank in 1963.)
by RogerB
Sun Nov 22, 2020 12:05 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: My thoughts about FUN 2021
Replies: 10
Views: 192

Re: My thoughts about FUN 2021

This virus has a particularly vigorous presence in asymptomatic people - the "Typhoid Marys" who seem entirely normal until contact tracing shows a path of disease. It requires just one of these people in a crowd to expel a fog of virus that can catch anyone not wearing a good (N95) mask and taking ...
by RogerB
Sat Nov 21, 2020 4:42 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: An unfair "guess the grade" (Revealed)
Replies: 23
Views: 284

Re: An unfair "guess the grade" (Revealed)

Photos of slabbed coins are made under very restrictive lighting conditions, so getting a good image is difficult. The slab also limits sharpness and contrast. All the defects visible in the initial photos are also visible in the full-slab photos, so nothing was hidden. If someone wanted to pay $10k...
by RogerB
Sat Nov 21, 2020 3:44 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: An unfair "guess the grade" (Revealed)
Replies: 23
Views: 284

Re: An unfair "guess the grade"

Unc-62. The 'canyon' on the reverse is enough to block any better "grade." The obverse might look nicer in a slab, but it's still filled with coin hopper abrasions.
by RogerB
Sat Nov 21, 2020 12:12 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Just off the boat and no room at the Mint
Replies: 8
Views: 182

Re: Just off the boat and no room at the Mint

William Barber was likely confused and disappointed. He did not learn until late August that an engraver had been hired from England. He had already prepared designs and pattern pieces for silver coins, including the dollar, and fully expected his work to be put to use in 1877. Also, at the end of S...
by RogerB
Fri Nov 20, 2020 3:06 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Just off the boat and no room at the Mint
Replies: 8
Views: 182

Re: Just off the boat and no room at the Mint

He rented a room at Ms. Eckfeldt's house. His pay averaged $216 a month.
by RogerB
Fri Nov 20, 2020 1:01 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Just off the boat and no room at the Mint
Replies: 8
Views: 182

Just off the boat and no room at the Mint

Newer members might not have seen this little letter from Director Linderman concerning working space for George Morgan. He did not receive a warm and fuzzy greeting at the Philadelphia Mint. Treasury Department Office of the Director of the Mint October 11, 1876 Hon. James Pollock, Superintendent U...
by RogerB
Tue Nov 10, 2020 7:57 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Lamination vs. cracked planchet?
Replies: 5
Views: 159

Re: Lamination vs. cracked planchet?

A coin struck on a cracked planchet will have a very poor or absent ring. Most delamination error coins will ring, but at a higher pitch. Not sure what you'll get if you drop the slab on an anvil....
by RogerB
Sat Nov 07, 2020 8:28 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Article "First Major Morgan Dollar Die Variety Discovered in 1891" published by Coin World
Replies: 9
Views: 305

Article "First Major Morgan Dollar Die Variety Discovered in 1891" published by Coin World

The first major die variety of the Morgan dollar series was identified in 1891. But it would be 129 years before that fact was discovered among newly digitized letters. "It was just another sweltering day in mid-September at the Mint in New Orleans. In earlier years the Mint would have closed its d...
by RogerB
Sat Nov 07, 2020 8:22 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Earliest 1878 reverse hub change so far....
Replies: 4
Views: 107

Re: Earliest 1878 reverse hub change so far....

Possibly.... He says there are other differences.
by RogerB
Sat Nov 07, 2020 7:03 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Earliest 1878 reverse hub change so far....
Replies: 4
Views: 107

Earliest 1878 reverse hub change so far....

This is the earliest dated letter from outside the Mint Bureau about the hub change in 1878. Anyone know of an earlier (before October 4, 1878) public identification of this or a die variety? Newspaper, hobby publication, smoke signal, tea leaves? 18781004 P Two different reverse dies on dollar_Page...
by RogerB
Thu Nov 05, 2020 9:10 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Average pieces from dies 1878 and 1879
Replies: 2
Views: 108

Re: Average pieces from dies 1878 and 1879

Yes. Evidently 1878 proof 3-cent coins did not have a reverse.....And the 5-cent coins were blank on both sides.

This kind of ambiguity is commonplace in die records. Sometimes proof dies are included, sometimes omitted but on a separate list or sometimes buried in medal die accounting.
by RogerB
Thu Nov 05, 2020 9:05 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 2 sided strike thru?!??
Replies: 9
Views: 320

Re: 2 sided strike thru?!??

RogerB wrote:
Sat Oct 31, 2020 1:37 pm
Can you post the full obverse and reverse?
Can make no suggestions without a full image of both sides.