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by messydesk
Tue Jun 28, 2022 6:53 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1878-S dollar. Can you separate fact from fiction?
Replies: 8
Views: 300

Re: 1878-S dollar. Can you separate fact from fiction?

... Further the word "Specimen" is undefined and has no meaning. This is a recurring problem exacerbated by the fact that TPGs want a two letter abbreviation to put in front of the numeric grade to tell us all about the coin. Fortunately, the word "special" also starts with "SP," and that comes in ...
by messydesk
Tue Jun 28, 2022 1:02 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1878-P a break or a crack? Yes it has a Broken R
Replies: 3
Views: 110

Re: 1878-P a break or a crack? Yes it has a Broken R

The line bordering the denticles is simply a remnant of the die preparation and nothing special. A full picture of the obverse and reverse would help in attribution.
by messydesk
Sun Jun 26, 2022 9:41 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: PCGS Frustration
Replies: 12
Views: 297

Re: PCGS Frustration

My world submission just went to grading this week after over 2 months in "received." Thinking I'm not getting grades before the June 30 registry deadline.
by messydesk
Sun Jun 26, 2022 3:01 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1888 VAM 11A... but with a scratch
Replies: 4
Views: 69

Re: 1888 VAM 11A... but with a scratch

Yeah, that's a nasty one.
by messydesk
Sat Jun 25, 2022 12:51 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Anyone recognize this 79-S?
Replies: 16
Views: 144

Re: Anyone recognize this 79-S?

vampicker wrote:
Fri Jun 24, 2022 10:37 pm
Wow, think you're right. Looks a little different in a higher grade. But, there's enough there to convince me it's a match. Thanks!
The scratches in the upper tail feathers don't look like a match from here, but you have the coin.
by messydesk
Fri Jun 24, 2022 8:33 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: OT - A Cool Trade Variety
Replies: 2
Views: 65

Re: OT - A Cool Trade Variety

Remember that it takes many hubbings to completely sink the design into the dies. Given the relief contour of the stars (wider at the base than the high points), a first hubbing from a Trade Dollar hub would give smaller stars, which would grow over the course of the rest of the hubbings. Class I, I...
by messydesk
Fri Jun 24, 2022 4:44 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: USPS question
Replies: 7
Views: 165

Re: USPS question

No need to delete. There's no expectation here that people read other forums for answers to questions like this. Also, the reference to certified mail is incorrect. That offers no protection other than proof of mailing and acceptance by the recipient.
by messydesk
Fri Jun 24, 2022 1:07 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: USPS question
Replies: 7
Views: 165

Re: USPS question

This topic covered quite extensively on the PCGS forum. It seems coin related claims will not be honored unless they are sent certified mail. About 6 months ago, someone posted the USPS paragraph outlining the policy but I can't find it at the moment. Collectible coins are covered by USPS insurance...
by messydesk
Wed Jun 22, 2022 8:42 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: R NUMBERS
Replies: 1
Views: 136

Re: R NUMBERS

Ignore R numbers. They were all estimates at the time of discovery of their respective varieties and more often than not are not terribly accurate. Moreover, they are not a reliable indicator of value. As of last December new varieties do not have R numbers.
by messydesk
Mon Jun 20, 2022 9:07 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Availability of updates of the encyclopedia of Morgan and Peace dollars
Replies: 2
Views: 99

Re: Availability of updates of the encyclopedia of Morgan and Peace dollars

The last update to the VAM book was 1991. The number of varieties added and removed from the book in the last 30 years is more than what was in the book then. It's best to follow up with anything to match to the VAM book with a look in VAMWorld to see if anything has changed.
by messydesk
Mon Jun 20, 2022 6:45 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1878-S Vam 1, 54, 61, 67 maybe 91, 85 and 94 need to be reviewed
Replies: 20
Views: 581

Re: 1878-S Vam 1, 54, 61, 67 maybe 91, 85 and 94 need to be reviewed

lewisr2 wrote:
Mon Jun 20, 2022 6:24 pm
Was a list made available of the “lost” coins?
There was a list, but I don't know how available it is/was. There's a remote chance that it was posted to the old VAMWorld, and that I might be able to recover it from there.
by messydesk
Sat Jun 18, 2022 3:08 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1921-D VAM 1AO - is it valid?
Replies: 7
Views: 253

Re: 1921-D VAM 1AO - is it valid?

And with a few clicks and keystrokes, 1AO is eliminated.
by messydesk
Fri Jun 17, 2022 9:23 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1921-D VAM 1AO - is it valid?
Replies: 7
Views: 253

Re: 1921-D VAM 1AO - is it valid?

Yup. VAM 1P. I see there's a VAM 1P1, 2, and 3 listed, too, and no real feeling for what the real die progression is among them. Obviously, with no die cracks, this should be VAM 1P1, and VAMs 1P2 and 1P3 would have to be sorted out.
by messydesk
Fri Jun 17, 2022 1:35 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: OT just a bit!
Replies: 14
Views: 266

Re: OT just a bit!

No bears on my recent vacation.
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by messydesk
Fri Jun 17, 2022 1:31 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Morgan 1885-O Broken S
Replies: 15
Views: 319

Re: Morgan 1885-O Broken S

Given that hubs did break, such as the 'r' shown above, it's entirely possible that the "isthmus" of this s deteriorated on the hub over time, as it starts out very narrow. Nevertheless, it isn't a listable feature and shouldn't be used to guide attribution. VAM 17 looks correct.
by messydesk
Fri Jun 17, 2022 1:28 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Amazing…
Replies: 4
Views: 256

Re: Amazing…

Couldn’t be an inside job? Well, let's see. It's a corrupt government with regions of the country controlled by drug cartels, which probably also exercise a lot of influence over ports. If the longshoremen in season 2 of The Wire were as corrupt as they were despite union pay and benefits (OK, fict...
by messydesk
Thu Jun 16, 2022 7:17 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1878-S VAM 58 SP65
Replies: 8
Views: 251

1878-S VAM 58 SP65

A collector who bought this major rarity this year just posted a long thread about it on PCGS's forum. A few of us have seen the coin in person, and it's definitely special.

Link to PCGS Forum
by messydesk
Thu Jun 16, 2022 3:30 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Morgan 1885-O Broken S
Replies: 15
Views: 319

Re: Morgan 1885-O Broken S

The 's' is irrelevant. Start with the date and the mint mark. Chances are if you were to remove the polish residue around it, the 's' wouldn't look broken, as this is normally a very thin part of the letter.
by messydesk
Thu Jun 16, 2022 1:20 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: OT just a bit!
Replies: 14
Views: 266

Re: OT just a bit!

vampicker wrote:
Thu Jun 16, 2022 12:37 pm
Ummm..... how close were you?
And can you run faster than the others in your group?