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by RogerB
Wed Aug 10, 2022 11:07 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: can an AU55 coin be PROOF LIKE
Replies: 33
Views: 346

Re: can an AU55 coin be PROOF LIKE

Proof-like is a description of the relative mirror-like reflectivity of a coin's fields. It is NOT part of the "grade" or condition of a coin
by RogerB
Wed Aug 03, 2022 11:44 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Book - "From Mine to Mint, Vol 2"
Replies: 3
Views: 128

Re: Book - "From Mine to Mint, Vol 2"

OK. Thanks for the suggestion!
by RogerB
Wed Aug 03, 2022 9:08 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Book - "From Mine to Mint, Vol 2"
Replies: 3
Views: 128

Re: Book - "From Mine to Mint, Vol 2"

PS: I'm deliberately posting this without mentioning subjects already in the "hopper." I don't want to discourage any ideas or questions. Also, if VAM specialists want me to try and locate information on the traditionally accepted explanations, please provide as much info as you can.
by RogerB
Wed Aug 03, 2022 4:56 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Book - "From Mine to Mint, Vol 2"
Replies: 3
Views: 128

Book - "From Mine to Mint, Vol 2"

One of my current tasks is the successor book to From Mine to Mint . This continues the kind of process and mechanical approach to minting coins begun with the first volume. That is, the emphasis is on how equipment worked, how it was used, and the effects on coinage - including errors and defects. ...
by RogerB
Tue Aug 02, 2022 11:21 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: peculiar 21d reed queation
Replies: 18
Views: 317

Re: peculiar 21d reed queation

Good illustration of how the upper die surface was cut to help guide a planchet to the center of the collar. In addition the reeded part of the collar was slightly wider at this top face than the bottom. So... there were two interesting aspects to collars: 1) they had a sloping guide cut into the to...
by RogerB
Mon Aug 01, 2022 11:51 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: peculiar 21d reed queation
Replies: 18
Views: 317

Re: peculiar 21d reed queation

It would likely be helpful to new and some seasoned collectors if the terminology could be better explained in the background info sections. The section in FMTM describes how reeds were cut into collars. Also, some presses used circular openings into which collars with various opening sizes were ins...
by RogerB
Mon Aug 01, 2022 4:53 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: peculiar 21d reed queation
Replies: 18
Views: 317

Re: peculiar 21d reed queation

RE: "A rotating collar die is noted as the cause of this overlapping."

Please explain what this means.
by RogerB
Sun Jul 31, 2022 8:58 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: peculiar 21d reed queation
Replies: 18
Views: 317

Re: peculiar 21d reed queation

Go to From Mine to Mint to read how collar reeds were cut.
by RogerB
Sun Jul 31, 2022 1:19 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: What is the correct term?
Replies: 64
Views: 844

Re: What is the correct term?

I would add that this is atypical, so calling it 'atypical die erosion' would likely be correct. This particular obverse apparently either wasn't or couldn't be properly hardened. It's a great story and it's reverse mate has a story of its own worth exploring. Good explanation. The photo shows turb...
by RogerB
Sun Jul 31, 2022 4:08 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: My rant to PCGS yesterday
Replies: 11
Views: 408

Re: My rant to PCGS yesterday

"...as long as someone who suffers a loss is made whole." That's my concern. They might state they carry private insurance, but is that only while in possession or does it include transit, etc. What I'm curious about is do the TPGs have clear statements of responsibility and valuation of items recei...
by RogerB
Sat Jul 30, 2022 4:53 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: My rant to PCGS yesterday
Replies: 11
Views: 408

Re: My rant to PCGS yesterday

Do PCGS, NGC and ANACS openly inform customers that they carry private insurance to cover the stated value of a shipment?
by RogerB
Thu Jul 21, 2022 9:19 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1923-S Super collar
Replies: 20
Views: 499

Re: 1923-S Super collar

Thanks everyone! :)

Here's an LHC Super Collider:

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by RogerB
Thu Jul 21, 2022 5:02 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1923-S Super collar
Replies: 20
Views: 499

Re: 1923-S Super collar

If the reeding is otherwise normal (coin struck fully in collar) and there's additional reeding on the rim, it would be a collar clash, where the hammer die hit the collar die before striking this coin. In the "die profile," below, you're saying the peripheral face (rim) struck the upper surface of...
by RogerB
Wed Jul 20, 2022 11:09 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1923-S Super collar
Replies: 20
Views: 499

Re: 1923-S Super collar

I'm kinda dense. Please explain how this is a "collar clash" and not a partial out-of-collar strike.
Thanks!
by RogerB
Sun Jul 17, 2022 3:34 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Somewhat off-topic - the first Trade dollars
Replies: 0
Views: 100

Somewhat off-topic - the first Trade dollars

Here is the disposition of the first five Trade Dollars struck at the Philadelphia Mint July 11, 1873. #1 Secretary of Treasury Richardson #2-5 Charles Broadhead of Philadelphia (letter below) Hon. Charles Broadhead, Philadelphia October 13, 1873 Sir: I enclose herewith as requested by you and promi...
by RogerB
Sat Jul 16, 2022 8:12 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Clear explaination for thin or tapered coins
Replies: 6
Views: 215

Re: Clear explaination for thin or tapered coins

It's nice to locate original documents that confirm long-held ideas -- as well as the ones that blow holes in them. :)

PS: See From Mine to Mint for explanation of how a drawbench worked and why Snowden's explanation covers both thin and tapered coins.
by RogerB
Sat Jul 16, 2022 2:29 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: New Morgans for gold
Replies: 7
Views: 356

Re: New Morgans for gold

The standard silver dollar presented several problems in 1853. First, it was the "standard" unit of money in silver metal and had been defined as such in law. Since the 1853 proposal affected only silver coins, keeping the dollar at its historical silver content meant that we could argue that our st...
by RogerB
Sat Jul 16, 2022 1:42 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Clear explaination for thin or tapered coins
Replies: 6
Views: 215

Clear explaination for thin or tapered coins

Office of U. S. Assistant Treasurer New York July 1, 1873 Hon James Pollock, Superintendent of the Mint Sir: The enclosed half dollar piece was found in a bag of silver coins of the same denomination received from the Mint. You will notice that it is not of the usual thickness, and this depreciation...
by RogerB
Fri Jul 15, 2022 11:18 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1881 O Rim cuds?? What is this
Replies: 19
Views: 502

Re: 1881 O Rim cuds?? What is this

The term "rim cud" is a bit of a misnomer that has been used for so long that it kinda stuck. A true cud is a rim to rim die break with uplifted fields that extend past the denticles into the field. A "rim cud" refers to rim die breaks. Many rim breaks are produced as a consequence of collar clashe...
by RogerB
Wed Jul 13, 2022 6:03 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: New Morgans for gold
Replies: 7
Views: 356

Re: New Morgans for gold

Previous instructions, going back to pre-Civil War were that standard silver dollars were only produced on the order of silver depositors. They were tariffed at $1.04 to $1.08 in gold. (This was in part a result of 1853 reduction in smaller silver coin weight and legal tender status.) Collectors wer...