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by RogerB
Sun Mar 29, 2020 12:24 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Name That VAM - 1891-O edition
Replies: 26
Views: 235

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: 235

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
Replies: 10
Views: 163

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: 85

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: 85

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: 84

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: 161

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: 85

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: 84

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: 161

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...
by RogerB
Thu Mar 26, 2020 12:58 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Sheldon's System (R-factor)
Replies: 8
Views: 123

Re: Sheldon's System (R-factor)

Rarity and Availability The author (RogerB) uses a modified Sheldon Rarity Scale in P rivate Pattern and Related Pieces: INTERNATIONAL NICKEL & GOULD INCORPORATED. R-1 Common R-2 Not So Common R-3 Scarce (201-1,000) R-4 Very Scarce (76-200) R-5 Rare (26-75) R-6 Very Rare (9-25) R-7 Extremely rare (...
by RogerB
Wed Mar 25, 2020 4:22 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Name That VAM - 1891-O edition
Replies: 26
Views: 235

Re: Name That VAM - 1891-O edition

Has anyone specifically identified the variety? Prominence of the "E" could be the key....?
by RogerB
Wed Mar 25, 2020 2:21 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1926-S Vam 1N - 1H - 1K ???
Replies: 2
Views: 37

Re: 1926-S Vam 1N - 1H ???

Interesting rotated dies -- clear 90-degrees.

Could it be the infamous H1N1 viral variety discovered a few years ago ?

[Sorry - couldn't resist. Cooped up too long with the chickens.]
by RogerB
Wed Mar 25, 2020 1:27 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Is this the first Morgan dollar variety identification ?
Replies: 15
Views: 161

Is this the first Morgan dollar variety identification ?

The very rare letter presented in a post about 1891-O dollars inspired me to check my database for earlier Morgan or Peace dollar varieties mentioned in official correspondence. The following letter might qualify as the first identification of a Morgan dollar design or variety - 7 tail feathers vers...
by RogerB
Wed Mar 25, 2020 12:53 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Name That VAM - 1891-O edition
Replies: 26
Views: 235

Re: Name That VAM - 1891-O edition

Would the special assay paperwork be pay off the assay commission records on your DVDs of the assay commission reports? No. Special Assay was a completely separate internal check on quality. It's purpose was to ensure that all precious metal coins from each mint met legal standards. Sometimes, prob...
by RogerB
Tue Mar 24, 2020 11:07 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Name That VAM - 1891-O edition
Replies: 26
Views: 235

Re: Name That VAM - 1891-O edition

PS: The actual discoverer would likely have been the Assayer, Cabell Whitehead, who noticed the problem and brought it to Acting Director Robert Preston's attention. The discovery should be credited to Mr. Whitehead, September 1891. I don't think he's around to assign a "Discovery VAM Number" to the...
by RogerB
Tue Mar 24, 2020 11:03 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Name That VAM - 1891-O edition
Replies: 26
Views: 235

Re: Name That VAM - 1891-O edition

I'm going to forward the image to Leroy to see if he'll officially update the discovery date to September 22, 1891, and make the Acting Director Preston the discoverer of the variety. That would be awesome. He should too! Haha Permit me to clarify the timeline on the letter. Special Assay coins wer...
by RogerB
Tue Mar 24, 2020 4:50 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Name That VAM - 1891-O edition
Replies: 26
Views: 235

Re: Name That VAM - 1891-O edition

Letters mentioning specific defects or unusual characteristics are extremely rare - much rarer than the coins. The two dollars were likely returned as requested and destroyed during normal Special Assay work. There is also the possibility that the Engraver, or someone at Mint HQ wrote to New Orleans...
by RogerB
Tue Mar 24, 2020 4:39 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Name That VAM - 1891-O edition
Replies: 26
Views: 235

Re: Name That VAM - 1891-O edition

Anyone who wants a PDF or JPG of the letter, please send me a PM with your email address. Digitization of this archival material was sponsored by the Newman Numismatic Portal (NNP).