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by RogerB
Tue Oct 26, 2021 7:34 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Typical monthly Special Assay report - Nov. 1880
Replies: 0
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Typical monthly Special Assay report - Nov. 1880

This is a typical monthly Special Assay report for November 1880, Philadelphia Mint. The delay from November to February was not unusual. Notice the variations in weight and fineness. It was commonplace for assays of the same samples to differ by 0.001+/- even with multiple tests - routine assays we...
by RogerB
Tue Oct 26, 2021 7:13 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: San Francisco and Carson Mints routinely cross checked one another.
Replies: 3
Views: 58

Re: San Francisco and Carson Mints routinely cross checked one another.

I hope to provide members with a little deeper appreciation for the "background" of their coins, and the things done to maintain quality or identify problems.
by RogerB
Tue Oct 26, 2021 4:36 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: San Francisco and Carson Mints routinely cross checked one another.
Replies: 3
Views: 58

San Francisco and Carson Mints routinely cross checked one another.

Each of the mints sent one or two coins from each delivery to the Philadelphia mint (and later to the Mint HQ Lab) for Special Assay. The two western mints, San Francisco and Carson, also exchanged “Special Test Coins” for cross checking. Here is a sample transmittal letter from Carson to San Franci...
by RogerB
Tue Oct 26, 2021 12:40 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: One of your favorite US Mints could have closed 10 years earlier.
Replies: 8
Views: 203

Re: One of your favorite US Mints could have closed 10 years earlier.

RogerB: Nice find. Fine photo. Those darned bean counters! When photographing journals and other documents, I try to get the best image possible. If you refer to the photo of the journal, previous post, here's what I do. The copy stand has two large daylight LED light arrays just like a regular cop...
by RogerB
Tue Oct 26, 2021 12:13 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: One of your favorite US Mints could have closed 10 years earlier.
Replies: 8
Views: 203

Re: One of your favorite US Mints could have closed 10 years earlier.

What beautiful penmanship, but I must say it appears that he used a Big Chief tablet. The journal was approx 12.5 x 18-inches page size with a larger cover. The front looked like this from Entry 235 volume 007. Pages from E-235 Vol 007.jpg Each volume had an alphabetical index and 500 numbered page...
by RogerB
Tue Oct 26, 2021 12:01 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: PCGS has graded 2021 Morgans
Replies: 10
Views: 154

Re: PCGS has graded 2021 Morgans

Why ? :?
by RogerB
Mon Oct 25, 2021 11:59 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: New Orleans die use - November 1896
Replies: 1
Views: 39

New Orleans die use - November 1896

This is the die use report for November 1896 by the New Orleans Mint.
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by RogerB
Mon Oct 25, 2021 11:57 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Die life for 1896-1897 - San Francisco
Replies: 4
Views: 162

Re: Die life for 1897 - San Francisco

On the rare occasion when the Philadelphia Mint got really good steel, they made some excellent dies in both clarity of design and longevity. Engraver’s Department, June 19, 1895 Sir In answer to your inquiry contained in letter of the 19th inst. in relation to supplies for this department I beg to ...
by RogerB
Sun Oct 17, 2021 8:09 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: When some PUP's are missing?
Replies: 3
Views: 99

Re: When some PUP's are missing?

RE: "When some PUP's are missing?"

Look for KITTIES.
;)
by RogerB
Sun Oct 17, 2021 1:04 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Grand Opening !!! Yippy !!!
Replies: 29
Views: 585

Re: Grand Opening !!! Yippy !!!

Where're the Franklin stove and the pickle barrel?
by RogerB
Sun Oct 17, 2021 12:59 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: One of your favorite US Mints could have closed 10 years earlier.
Replies: 8
Views: 203

Re: One of your favorite US Mints could have closed 10 years earlier.

Here's an additional letter FYI.

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18971227 NO Discontinue operations-2.jpg
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by RogerB
Sat Oct 16, 2021 4:34 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: One of your favorite US Mints could have closed 10 years earlier.
Replies: 8
Views: 203

One of your favorite US Mints could have closed 10 years earlier.

The New Orleans Mint was proposed for closure in 1897, but things move "kind-a slow in N'aw Lins."

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by RogerB
Sat Oct 16, 2021 2:05 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Die life for 1896-1897 - San Francisco
Replies: 4
Views: 162

Die life for 1896-1897 - San Francisco

Here is a die use and life table for the San Francisco Mint, 1897. (Not sure if I posted this before or not -- .)
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by RogerB
Sun Oct 10, 2021 3:02 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Questions about SSCD "Buffed Reverses" registry
Replies: 10
Views: 245

Re: Questions about SSCD "Buffed Reverses" registry

Not a reply; however, the definition seems inconsistent: Buffed Reverse Highly over polished and eroded dies. (See -1883-O VAM-1C1) Polishing and erosion are different things. "Buffed" implies polishing or use of abrasive, and has nothing to do with erosion and displacement of die steel. The on-lin...
by RogerB
Sat Oct 09, 2021 7:37 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Questions about SSCD "Buffed Reverses" registry
Replies: 10
Views: 245

Re: Questions about SSCD "Buffed Reverses" registry

Not a reply; however, the definition seems inconsistent: Buffed Reverse Highly over polished and eroded dies. (See -1883-O VAM-1C1) Polishing and erosion are different things. "Buffed" implies polishing or use of abrasive, and has nothing to do with erosion and displacement of die steel. The on-line...
by RogerB
Tue Oct 05, 2021 9:09 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1923-S VAM 1CE QUESTION
Replies: 5
Views: 167

Re: 1923-S VAM 1CE QUESTION

"paws" --- last of the creamed skunk.
by RogerB
Tue Oct 05, 2021 4:19 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1923-S VAM 1CE QUESTION
Replies: 5
Views: 167

Re: 1923-S VAM 1CE QUESTION

If you put it in the freezer, the ICE might get harder and crack the metal. Then it could be listed -- or at least thawed for dinner.... :)
by RogerB
Tue Sep 28, 2021 3:22 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: GSA Soft Pack
Replies: 2
Views: 180

Re: GSA Soft Pack

Some people pay for packaging, others for labels, yet others for aged slabs, or barely detectable die varieties. They seem to enjoy what they enjoy.
by RogerB
Fri Sep 03, 2021 7:11 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Archives status as of 9/1/2021
Replies: 4
Views: 774

Re: Archives status as of 9/1/2021

The National Archives reopened on a very limited basis in early August, but have abruptly closed again due to the delta variant and the idiots who refuse to get vaccinated and merely want to spread disease. Appointments I made were abruptly canceled. No further information on when they will re-re-op...