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by RogerB
Mon Dec 05, 2022 4:28 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1922 Peace Dollar Question
Replies: 6
Views: 84

Re: 1922 Peace Dollar Question

Thanks! That makes things a lot clearer.
:)
by RogerB
Mon Dec 05, 2022 6:34 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1922 Peace Dollar Question
Replies: 6
Views: 84

Re: 1922 Peace Dollar Question

Just an observation. If the clash is common then it should absolutely be listed in the variety catalog --- because that is where you want new collectors to go to find answers. Leaving it out only frustrates and confuses new collectors of varieties.
by RogerB
Sun Dec 04, 2022 10:09 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Primary reason for no 1878-O silver dollars
Replies: 2
Views: 90

Re: Primary reason for no 1878-O silver dollars

The first New Orleans Mint Morgan dollars were delivered Feb 27 (10,000) and Feb 28 (12,000) 1879.
by RogerB
Sun Dec 04, 2022 6:45 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1896-P VAM-5A obverse scratches?
Replies: 7
Views: 168

Re: 1896-P VAM-5A obverse scratches?

The OP's bottom photo more closely resembles a small die crack - note the irregular edges and width. Just a thought.
by RogerB
Sun Dec 04, 2022 6:41 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Primary reason for no 1878-O silver dollars
Replies: 2
Views: 90

Primary reason for no 1878-O silver dollars

The following letter helps explain why no New Orleans Mint silver dollars were made in 1878. (The hydraulic press referred to was used to press water from refinery cake silver and mercury from amalgam.) Messrs. Robert Wetherill & Co. Chester, Penna. October 5, 1878 Gentlemen, Owing to the prevalence...
by RogerB
Thu Dec 01, 2022 5:01 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: From patterns to a VAM-9 launch - any historical info?
Replies: 9
Views: 223

Re: From patterns to a VAM-9 launch - any historical info?

This letter supports some of the problems relating to Charles Barber and Morgan in preparing dies for designs by non-Mint artists. This refers to the Francis Joseph medal designed by Bernard Saint-Gaudens and requested by the Library Committee of Congress. February 22, 1889 Mr. R. W. Gilder New York...
by RogerB
Mon Nov 28, 2022 3:15 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: From patterns to a VAM-9 launch - any historical info?
Replies: 9
Views: 223

Re: From patterns to a VAM-9 launch - any historical info?

William and son Charles, and George Morgan were Brits. George was the better, and all were more accomplished at die work than any American artists. Creatively, they were all 2nd tier and would have had a very difficult time finding work in Europe. The US Mint further "cloistered" them and none grew ...
by RogerB
Mon Nov 28, 2022 2:30 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: From patterns to a VAM-9 launch - any historical info?
Replies: 9
Views: 223

Re: From patterns to a VAM-9 launch - any historical info?

You'll find some of your answers in my book "Girl on the Silver Dollar." As for William Barber - he and Morgan prepared competing designs for the standard silver dollar. Morgan's was selected largely because the relief was lower. President Hayes examined pattern pieces of both designs in December 18...
by RogerB
Tue Nov 22, 2022 3:50 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Collector's East Coast vs West Coast
Replies: 5
Views: 204

Re: Collector's East Coast vs West Coast

But....you ignore the effect of cold weather on the Florida iguana BBQ market.
;)
by RogerB
Mon Nov 21, 2022 2:30 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Archival research - November
Replies: 17
Views: 530

Re: Archival research - November

Entry 235 (Letters sent) volumes 51-54 have been uploaded to NNP. These take the series up to about the end of 1889.
Entry 229 (Letters received) for all of 1900 are complete and on NNP.
by RogerB
Thu Nov 17, 2022 7:43 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Archival research - November
Replies: 17
Views: 530

Re: Archival research - November

Thanks for the offer! I like to maximize useful time at the archives, so I have a high protein breakfast before leaving home, and then work straight through at NARA with only quick 'necessity' breaks (usually while the computer is exporting files). The day is 9am to 4pm, but accomplishment varies wi...
by RogerB
Thu Nov 17, 2022 3:03 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Archival research - November
Replies: 17
Views: 530

Re: Archival research - November

The materials listed above have been posted to NNP. Friday (tomorrow) I plan to scan E-235 (Letters sent) vols 51-54. When these are complete volumes 1 through 60 will be available on NNP for research. These go along with Entry 229 (Letters received) and Entry 6 (internal letters between Coiner and ...
by RogerB
Thu Nov 17, 2022 2:49 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: NGCX
Replies: 17
Views: 364

Re: NGCX

Will they also grade dead earthworms on my driveway?

A confused mixture of opinions, assumptions and unsupported measurements. This tango goes backward so many steps I've lost count.
by RogerB
Tue Nov 15, 2022 7:24 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Hiatus
Replies: 19
Views: 694

Re: Hiatus

Question: Is the "Hi-8us" a new VAM variety...?
:)

Enjoy the break! We all need space at times.
by RogerB
Tue Nov 15, 2022 12:08 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Date placement querry to the experts
Replies: 8
Views: 200

Re: Date placement querry to the experts

Defining date position as described in your post is without meaning, since relative locations can vary. You must measure in relation to fixed reference points within the central portrait.
by RogerB
Sun Nov 13, 2022 7:45 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Cost of making silver dollar dies 1887
Replies: 7
Views: 169

Re: Cost of making silver dollar dies 1887

I'm attempting to post items of interest to Morgan and Peace dollar collectors. These are more about how and why, rather than varieties.
by RogerB
Sun Nov 13, 2022 7:43 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Cost of making silver dollar dies 1887
Replies: 7
Views: 169

Re: Cost of making silver dollar dies 1887

Correspondence indicates New Orleans was a persistent source of "drama" and internal conflict from its beginning to closing. It was the only US Mint where a serious proposal was made to use slave labor. (Immediately rejected.) Persistent jockeying for authority, and inefficiency matched only by the ...
by RogerB
Sun Nov 13, 2022 4:55 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Archival research - November
Replies: 17
Views: 530

Re: Archival research - November

The following boxes and volumes were digitized late last week and should appear on NNP during the latter part of this week. Boxes (letters received) cover the last months of 1900. (Box 128 includes a complete Annual Settlement for the New York Assay Office for June 30, 1900. This was not digitized d...
by RogerB
Sun Nov 13, 2022 3:44 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Cost of making silver dollar dies 1887
Replies: 7
Views: 169

Re: Cost of making silver dollar dies 1887

The original is on page #65 (out of 500) in fair copy journal 46 at the national archives in College Park, Md. (The small code at the top of the page identified the source document.) I scanned this volume last Thursday. If you go to the Newman Numismatic Portal (NNP.edu) you can access many US Mint ...
by RogerB
Fri Nov 11, 2022 9:05 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Cost of making silver dollar dies 1887
Replies: 7
Views: 169

Cost of making silver dollar dies 1887

The accompanying scan reports the total cost of preparing dies for the New Orleans Mint in 1887. Shipping came out of profits on silver dollars,

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There were 10-pairs (20) of dollar dies at a cost of $255.80 or $12.79 each.