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by RogerB
Sun Feb 16, 2020 4:27 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Overlapping reeds?
Replies: 7
Views: 82

Re: Overlapping reeds?

By the date on the OP's coin, the New Orleans Mint should have been using only a drift tool to cut reeds into the edge collar. It is nearly impossible to get overlapping reeds on part of a collar using this tool. (See From Mine to Mint for details on how reeding was made.) New Orleans Mint requested...
by RogerB
Fri Feb 14, 2020 1:15 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Were silver dollars "as good as gold?"
Replies: 14
Views: 198

Re: Were silver dollars "as good as gold?"

Silver certificates were backed by silver dollars. The market value of silver contained in the coin was immaterial - it was "one dollar." Gold certificates/notes were backed by gold metal itself - not a specific coin. In 1900 the backing was 2/3 gold coin and 1/3 bullion. But - total gold backing pa...
by RogerB
Thu Feb 13, 2020 1:21 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Were silver dollars "as good as gold?"
Replies: 14
Views: 198

Re: Were silver dollars "as good as gold?"

Seems reasonable to us, today. But in 1900 the legal backing for each type of paper currency was different. Gold certificates were not 1:1 in gold coin or bullion - but less than 100%. The question in the original letter would seem valid for the time: If one brought $1,000 in silver certificates to ...
by RogerB
Thu Feb 13, 2020 1:17 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Loupes
Replies: 17
Views: 163

Re: Loupes

RE: Glue.
I use a drop of ordinary white glue on the threads. They hold tightly and yet the screws are removable.
:)
by RogerB
Wed Feb 12, 2020 9:47 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Loupes
Replies: 17
Views: 163

Re: Loupes

I use a Belomo 10x triplet, the field of vision is wide for a 10x triplet and very crisp. It's the best loupe around especially at the price point of $30+/- (ebay) imo, made in Belarus using Ziess materials & equipment. I personally haven't found a better one. I can second this magnifier. The glass...
by RogerB
Tue Feb 11, 2020 3:44 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Were silver dollars "as good as gold?"
Replies: 14
Views: 198

Re: Were silver dollars "as good as gold?"

But, in 1900 could one buy the same amount of a commodity with 5 silver dollars as with one 5 dollar half eagle?
by RogerB
Tue Feb 11, 2020 3:41 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Do you suffer from VAM Hypocorism?
Replies: 6
Views: 141

Do you suffer from VAM Hypocorism?

Many of us have one or more hypocorisms. They’re neither contagious, nor fatal, although one might sometimes draw unwanted attention, or be inconvenient, or even inappropriate. What is a hypocorism? It’s your nickname, pet name, or maybe an augmented or diminished form of a word. In English we have ...
by RogerB
Sun Feb 09, 2020 6:55 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Polished 1888-S Proof, Vam ???
Replies: 24
Views: 214

Re: Polished 1888-S Proof, Vam ???

Nice coin. Why is it called "proof" in the thread title?
by RogerB
Sun Feb 09, 2020 6:36 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Were silver dollars "as good as gold?"
Replies: 14
Views: 198

Were silver dollars "as good as gold?"

A 1900 political question of interest to Morgan dollar collectors. Were 5 silver dollars equal to one half eagle gold coin, or not? Was a silver certificate equally exchangeable? Farmers Mutual Fire Insurance Company Lake City, Iowa May 9, 1900 Hon. George E. Roberts Washington, D.C. Dear Sir: As th...
by RogerB
Fri Feb 07, 2020 2:45 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Carson City 150 Event !!!
Replies: 6
Views: 110

Re: Carson City 150 Event !!!

Nice event. Thomas Rogers can do much better work than that, however.
by RogerB
Thu Feb 06, 2020 9:55 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Only reference to hemp for coin bags
Replies: 3
Views: 81

Only reference to hemp for coin bags

Below is the only reference I can find for use of hemp bags in relation to coinage. Gold coins were put into normal 7 lb or 9 lb cotton duck canvas bags, then put into a hemp bag for shipment. Hemp fabric is strong, cheap and a good packing material. This letter refers to doing this double bagging f...
by RogerB
Wed Feb 05, 2020 2:25 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Another medal by Morgan
Replies: 9
Views: 168

Re: Another medal by Morgan

Is anyone sure that "corny" medal was by George T. Morgan and not Willie Morgan the guy who made clay chamber pots....?
by RogerB
Tue Feb 04, 2020 8:09 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Another medal by Morgan
Replies: 9
Views: 168

Re: Another medal by Morgan

Ghastly -- well, they can't all be good ! :)
by RogerB
Tue Feb 04, 2020 7:57 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: strange reeding
Replies: 5
Views: 127

Re: strange reeding

Look in From Mine to Mint for basic information on how reeded collars were made including the kinds of machine tools used from time to time. Once you've read the relevant sections, go back and look at your coin again to see if you can determine that cause(s).
:)
by RogerB
Sun Feb 02, 2020 5:03 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Why does the obverse have more scrapes and marks than the reverse?
Replies: 4
Views: 73

Re: Why does the obverse have more scrapes and marks than the reverse?

A similar explanation applies to double eagles; however, the gold DE bins were smaller than those used for silver dollars, and might have been placed closer to the end of the chute. It was normal for fresh DE from San Francisco to grade by modern standards MS-65 or better. (Shipwreck coin data, Sadd...
by RogerB
Sun Feb 02, 2020 4:55 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Another medal by Morgan
Replies: 9
Views: 168

Re: Another medal by Morgan

Several medals designed by George Morgan while still in England were issued in London as late as 1883. Overall, his creative spark seems to have faded after he lost the Engraver appointment to Charles Barber in January 1880. Neither engraver investigated much in the creative world outside Mint emplo...
by RogerB
Sun Feb 02, 2020 4:48 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: OT - a slow descent into madness
Replies: 34
Views: 419

Re: OT - a slow descent into madness

Suggestion #1 - Donate the dusty, rarely used books to the ANA YN auction held during the summer seminar. They will find appreciative new owners through your generosity. Suggestion #2 - Doing #1 will allow you to replace the stegosaurus model with a mature allosaurus or possibly an apatosaurus louis...
by RogerB
Sat Feb 01, 2020 5:32 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Why does the obverse have more scrapes and marks than the reverse?
Replies: 4
Views: 73

Why does the obverse have more scrapes and marks than the reverse?

A common observation among Morgan dollar collectors is that the coin’s obverse often seems to have more marks than the reverse. The photo below is a typical example –– morgansforever.jpg [Posted Feb.1, 2020 by morgansforever in PCGS thread “It’s SNOWING hard right now. Post a frosty coin!”] The coin...
by RogerB
Sat Feb 01, 2020 1:33 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Insane roller lines....
Replies: 17
Views: 205

Re: Insane roller lines....

Think of it as pulling stiff cookie dough through a fixed opening so that it was absolutely uniform....Not sure if that analogy works, though. The upper and lower dies in a drawbench were polished steel and absolutely inflexible. When pulled through, the metal was forced into uniform thickness -- ma...
by RogerB
Fri Jan 31, 2020 1:41 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: BLANCHARD
Replies: 4
Views: 112

Re: BLANCHARD

Could someone explain the significance, please?