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by HawkeEye
Sun May 31, 2020 1:24 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: David M Bradford - 1st NO Mint Supervisor
Replies: 4
Views: 557

David M Bradford - 1st NO Mint Supervisor

This month I started a look into the Mint Supervisors with David M Bradford, Jr.

As is often the case lives are different and more complicated than his job at the Mint

https://www.1881o.com/2020-06.html

There are a lot of twists and turns in his story and I hope this series will be interesting
by HawkeEye
Tue May 26, 2020 1:59 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Monthly silver to gold ratio 1896 - 1924
Replies: 15
Views: 1086

Re: Monthly silver to gold ratio 1896 - 1924

Once the US value was stabilized at $35 per T oz fine, large amounts of gold flowed into the US. I am sure this is true, but the US became the storehouse for most of Europe as German intentions became more obvious. I have always our gold reserves grew more from physical removals from hostilities th...
by HawkeEye
Mon May 25, 2020 10:37 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Monthly silver to gold ratio 1896 - 1924
Replies: 15
Views: 1086

Re: Monthly silver to gold ratio 1896 - 1924

Thanks for the time and explanation. Facts not feelings!
by HawkeEye
Mon May 25, 2020 4:49 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Monthly silver to gold ratio 1896 - 1924
Replies: 15
Views: 1086

Re: Monthly silver to gold ratio 1896 - 1924

Your chart did not go to the Roosevelt era, but when he devalued the dollar how did it play out with the gold/silver ratio?
by HawkeEye
Mon May 25, 2020 2:50 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Monthly silver to gold ratio 1896 - 1924
Replies: 15
Views: 1086

Re: Monthly silver to gold ratio 1896 - 1924

PS - To my way of thinking, this also illustrates the difficulty in a monetary system based on any metal. Imagine today the difficulty and absurdity of trying to have a monetary system where market forces can swing the value of any currency. This also speaks to the impracticality of any crypto-curre...
by HawkeEye
Mon May 25, 2020 2:43 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Monthly silver to gold ratio 1896 - 1924
Replies: 15
Views: 1086

Re: Monthly silver to gold ratio 1896 - 1924

Since I started the last round I would at least like to ask a question or two. I had assumed that for long periods of time when Congress (or the Government) could set a stable price for gold and silver that the ratio was stable until they changed the going rate. But this document would speak the opp...
by HawkeEye
Sun May 24, 2020 12:03 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: A Time Capsule of Prices
Replies: 9
Views: 949

Re: A Time Capsule of Prices

I look at this from time to time and the 1881-O series has had some similar challenges. VAMs 1D, 5, and 27 have probably held their value, and PL/DMPL coins in most grades. But the series has otherwise suffered like most coins.

A nice reminder and thanks for doing the look back.
by HawkeEye
Wed May 20, 2020 1:56 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Gold/Silver Ratio
Replies: 32
Views: 2417

Re: Gold/Silver Ratio

Don't I remember that platinum fell out of favor for some industrial uses and that softened demand?
by HawkeEye
Tue May 19, 2020 8:12 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Gold/Silver Ratio
Replies: 32
Views: 2417

Re: Gold/Silver Ratio

Well if the max were $1 trillion, and it was $100 an ounce, I guess you need to corner a 10 million ounces to strike the bugger. However, the way Washington thinks these days I assume it would be a $1 trillion coin weighing 1 ounce.
by HawkeEye
Tue May 19, 2020 7:54 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Gold/Silver Ratio
Replies: 32
Views: 2417

Re: Gold/Silver Ratio

Well that is an interesting bit of information I have never heard. I would assume that $100 is the max for platinum, but did they set a max for palladium and other metals now in use for collectibles? And I wonder why we even bother to make them legal tender anymore? They are collectibles and short o...
by HawkeEye
Tue May 19, 2020 7:30 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Gold/Silver Ratio
Replies: 32
Views: 2417

Re: Gold/Silver Ratio

By the way, I saw a post the other day on a different site that got me pondering. The Mint (government) has a $1 face value on a one ounce silver American Eagle, and a $50 face value on a one ounce Gold Eagle. So is this an implied 50:1 ratio in the minds of the Mint officials? Just something I had ...
by HawkeEye
Tue May 19, 2020 6:19 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Gold/Silver Ratio
Replies: 32
Views: 2417

Re: Gold/Silver Ratio

For investing to me it is an indicator for directional movement on a macro basis. For years it hung in there at 60:1 and when it started moving north of that I began to wonder about the price of gold more than silver. As for currency, it means nothing since we (and everyone else) are on a fiat curre...
by HawkeEye
Tue May 19, 2020 10:24 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Gold/Silver Ratio
Replies: 32
Views: 2417

Gold/Silver Ratio

Dang, while I was napping the gold/silver ratio slipped back under 100.
by HawkeEye
Mon May 18, 2020 8:57 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Illinois Set?
Replies: 11
Views: 1178

Re: Illinois Set?

Just curious, but who the heck dipped the 93-S? Have they been banned from the hobby?
by HawkeEye
Mon May 18, 2020 6:05 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Illinois Set?
Replies: 11
Views: 1178

Re: Illinois Set?

I certainly agree after looking at the set. Certainly quality over quantity.
by HawkeEye
Sun May 17, 2020 1:05 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Illinois Set?
Replies: 11
Views: 1178

Re: Illinois Set?

Or you can leave it to your children and get even for all those teenage years!
by HawkeEye
Fri May 15, 2020 11:25 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Illinois Set?
Replies: 11
Views: 1178

Illinois Set?

Well I am always curious about named sets. There is an 1881-O out on eBay labeled as part of the Illinois Set. Anyone know what that set is?
by HawkeEye
Thu May 14, 2020 5:01 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: PCGS was surprisingly fast!
Replies: 12
Views: 1176

Re: PCGS was surprisingly fast!

Well certainly off topic, but the medal I received a grade on did prove to be tied with the finest graded. So a good day in the world of numismatics, just not VAMing.
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by HawkeEye
Thu May 14, 2020 2:50 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: PCGS was surprisingly fast!
Replies: 12
Views: 1176

Re: PCGS was surprisingly fast!

Well after an email inquiry (with no response which is rare) the medals suddenly started moving down the grading line. Hopefully they will also move down the shipping line.
by HawkeEye
Tue May 12, 2020 2:42 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Zero Inventory
Replies: 12
Views: 1503

Re: Zero Inventory

This is a strange market occurrence and makes no sense. The gold to silver ratio is out of whack by a factor of 2 (120 vs 60) with no logical explanation. Gold has moved up, but not like I thought it might. Silver is in the dumps and just keeps wallowing there. Demand is high and inventory is low wh...