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by messydesk
Tue Nov 29, 2022 3:27 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: From patterns to a VAM-9 launch - any historical info?
Replies: 8
Views: 147

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

Classic quote to extend RogerB's comment about the artistic abilities of some of the players involved in our (non-darkside) hobby. This one from none other than the incredible sculpter and designer of multiple stunning coins, Augustus Saint-Gaudens. In wrtiting to President Theodore Roosevelt, ASG ...
by messydesk
Tue Nov 29, 2022 3:32 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1924 peace new vam?
Replies: 3
Views: 101

Re: 1924 peace new vam?

It's currently listed as VAM 1H1. There used to be a VAM 1H2, but that was delisted. I would favor renumbering VAM 1H1 as VAM 1H.
by messydesk
Mon Nov 28, 2022 9:17 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: New to VAM analytics...
Replies: 18
Views: 167

Re: New to VAM analytics...

I'll start with your 34-D you labeled VAM 1. I would call this VAM 6 - small D tilted right. Use ONE as a baseline for what's horizontal and you'll see the tilt in the mint mark. Proper rotation of pictures is very helpful, if not critical, in identifying these sorts of things.
by messydesk
Mon Nov 28, 2022 3:20 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: From patterns to a VAM-9 launch - any historical info?
Replies: 8
Views: 147

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

Quick decision time, too, to shift to 7 as the final/rest-of-the-year approach, because the working dies that were sent to San Fran and Carson City all were only 7 tf (B1 or B2) versions? Prompting other questions about how long the 8 tf dies were used - i.e., between March and... April? May? Later...
by messydesk
Sun Nov 27, 2022 9:58 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: New to VAM analytics...
Replies: 18
Views: 167

Re: New to VAM analytics...

If you see something specific on your coin, a picture is worth a thousand words. Note, however, that the picture-to-word exchange rate doesn't necessarily scale with the number of pictures.
by messydesk
Sun Nov 27, 2022 6:57 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: From patterns to a VAM-9 launch - any historical info?
Replies: 8
Views: 147

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

I flipped through Morgan's sketchbook to see if there was evidence of him wanting a specific number of tail feathers at a certain point, and there wasn't. Eight may have just looked better than seven on that iteration of the reverse die. Had they not been pressed into production when they were, the ...
by messydesk
Sat Nov 26, 2022 4:12 pm
Forum: Buy, Sell, Trade
Topic: Time to order 2023 Calendar!
Replies: 2
Views: 55

Re: Time to order 2023 Calendar!

No order form, just send a PM.
by messydesk
Sat Nov 26, 2022 4:10 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1890 O mm set right help
Replies: 12
Views: 134

Re: 1890 O mm set right help

VAM 16B has been renumbered to VAM 37.
by messydesk
Fri Nov 25, 2022 11:56 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1890 O mm set right help
Replies: 12
Views: 134

Re: 1890 O mm set right help

Very nice denticle impression coin. I agree that it's not a High O. Thanks for bringing this up.
by messydesk
Fri Nov 25, 2022 11:17 pm
Forum: Buy, Sell, Trade
Topic: Time to order 2023 Calendar!
Replies: 2
Views: 55

Time to order 2023 Calendar!

Now taking orders for my 2023 coin calendar. The price this year is $22 (includes shipping in the US), which gets you a wall calendar with a different coin photo that I've taken for each month. The calendar is printed on heavy card stock with glossy pictures of a diverse assortment of eye candy. Thi...
by messydesk
Wed Nov 23, 2022 4:16 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1921-D VAM 5C question
Replies: 4
Views: 124

Re: 1921-D VAM 5C question

I'd call it VAM 5C EDS, since it's its own die pair. The description on my label would include something like, "early die stage before break in S forms." I could possibly be convinced to split it into 5C1 (Scribbles only) and 5C2 (Scribbles + break) since they're easily distinguishable and you would...
by messydesk
Tue Nov 22, 2022 11:40 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Collector's East Coast vs West Coast
Replies: 5
Views: 175

Re: Collector's East Coast vs West Coast

A quick, unscientific survey of submissions to me over the past year shows the Southeast being represented most often.
by messydesk
Tue Nov 22, 2022 5:46 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1878 7TF Minor Renumbering
Replies: 12
Views: 824

Re: 1878 7TF Minor Renumbering

More 7TFs have been renumbered as of tonight, affecting the 130x and 131x listings. 130A, 130B, 130C1.1 and 130C1.2 are now 135, 136, 137, and 138. 130C3 is now 137A, as it is a later stage of 130C1.1 130C2 doesn't exist. 130 is an empty nest and the number will not be reused. 131 has been split int...
by messydesk
Tue Nov 22, 2022 5:41 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1900-S VAM-3
Replies: 10
Views: 151

Re: 1900-S VAM-3

There were only a few VAMs I still look for. Top of the list is 1900-S VAM-3A. I believe it is a listing error for a few reasons, but figure the imaged mint mark coin remains in the wild almost certainly raw. Additionally, just finding a VAM-3 has been a tall task. I have sought them for decades. ....
by messydesk
Sun Nov 20, 2022 10:04 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: New 92-S Top 100
Replies: 1
Views: 108

New 92-S Top 100

I had a new 92-S variety cross my desk. Obverse is like VAM 7, with the repunched date mostly polished away, but reverse is different. This is now listed as VAM 14 and counts as a slot in the Top 100. Alan had observed this die pair during his photo die study but the coin hadn't been seen in hand un...
by messydesk
Sat Nov 19, 2022 3:52 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: OT; Thanksgiving Break
Replies: 9
Views: 213

Re: OT; Thanksgiving Break

I did some research in the Heritage archives: BB-168 (R4). Finest known examples are two AU50s. Here's the writeup from a 2005 Heritage auction for a PCGS-25 example, when the rating was R5: "This is a rare die variety and is in demand by specialists both for its rarity and for the horizontal die b...
by messydesk
Sat Nov 19, 2022 1:09 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: New Discovery
Replies: 8
Views: 188

Re: New Discovery

The page is up.
by messydesk
Fri Nov 18, 2022 7:27 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: New Discovery
Replies: 8
Views: 188

Re: New Discovery

For some unknown reason my computer can't find my scanner and I can't find the disc to re-install, so can't post the letter or plate photos. But also the guidelines stated, "Coins that are found to be new varieties will be added to the Catalog without further action by the submitter". I thought thi...
by messydesk
Fri Nov 18, 2022 2:59 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Impact of Rim Ding on grading
Replies: 7
Views: 133

Re: Impact of Rim Ding on grading

Both the rim ding and the environmental damage from the fingerprint would prevent a straight grade.
by messydesk
Fri Nov 18, 2022 1:14 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: OT; Thanksgiving Break
Replies: 9
Views: 213

Re: OT; Thanksgiving Break

Very nice. Looks like a pretty wholesome coin, too.