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by MarkyB
Wed Nov 30, 2022 4:00 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Is this a Gouge, scratch or something else?
Replies: 10
Views: 134

Re: Is this a Gouge, scratch or something else?

Looks like a PMD scratch to me.
by MarkyB
Tue Nov 22, 2022 8:18 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Help with date placement
Replies: 12
Views: 233

Re: Help with date placement

You've exposed a bit of a conundrum in this hobby. Normal is a range more than a set distance. I looked at the 1900-P VAMs and it seems the near date is less than 2 denticles. The normal range seems to be 2.0ish-2.6ish. I've seen a lot of listings where I thought a date guide mixed in a near with th...
by MarkyB
Tue Nov 08, 2022 10:55 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: OLD R & I Ratings Discontinued
Replies: 24
Views: 610

Re: OLD R & I Ratings Discontinued

It's also OK if it just disappears. If it has a nickname like scarface or extra hair, there's interest. I can use population reports for rarity. IMO there are more worthy tasks needing attention, such as format or broken links, to make a good site even better.
by MarkyB
Tue Nov 08, 2022 5:12 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Looking for help with an 1878-S identification
Replies: 2
Views: 142

Re: Looking for help with an 1878-S identification

I focused on the engraved wing feather which I think is unique compared to many. That led me to the reverse of VAM 23 and/or 37 and I think the MM position matches also. I'm afraid that's the best I can do tonight. GL
by MarkyB
Fri Nov 04, 2022 12:37 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Just a kudo
Replies: 2
Views: 140

Just a kudo

To whoever did the work on the 79 Morgan page. The way the visuals were presented in the wing-neck gap and ribbon guides helped me quickly identify the VAM 12. Love that format for the most common "clue" areas.
by MarkyB
Wed Nov 02, 2022 7:14 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Darkside-have you seen this gouge?
Replies: 6
Views: 200

Re: Darkside-have you seen this gouge?

My wife says my military career stands in the way of my understanding things that aren't linear. I consider VAMing a visual concept and struggle when such things are presented as good, bad, secondary, etc but my eye says otherwise. Older dog; new hobby. Thanks again.
by MarkyB
Wed Nov 02, 2022 2:37 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Darkside-have you seen this gouge?
Replies: 6
Views: 200

Re: Darkside-have you seen this gouge?

Thanks gents. I see the clash is in an "ignore" area although I can't wrap my mind around why a clash in one area is a god VAM yet another can be ignored. One step at a time I guess....
by MarkyB
Wed Nov 02, 2022 12:52 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Darkside-have you seen this gouge?
Replies: 6
Views: 200

Darkside-have you seen this gouge?

1923P. Reviewed most if not all listings and got zilch. Other than some obverse scratches and cracks and a faint shoulder clash, it's what stands out most about this coin. TIA
by MarkyB
Sun Oct 30, 2022 1:57 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1924 Bar D
Replies: 8
Views: 324

Re: 1924 Bar D

It does. I would think the rationale and convincing would have preceded entering the comment. Thanks for taking the action.
by MarkyB
Sat Oct 29, 2022 11:11 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1924 Bar D
Replies: 8
Views: 324

1924 Bar D

So I got one in today but a comment entered in 2016 under VAM 1A2 has me a bit confused. "Doesn't exist as a separate listing"....does this mean just consider it a 1A? If so, why hasn't 1A2 been removed from the list?
by MarkyB
Wed Oct 19, 2022 10:41 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Help w/1923-S plz
Replies: 6
Views: 226

Re: Help w/1923-S plz

Yes, fun and a bit exhausting. Like this 23-S, last nights challenge was on a 21-D Morgan that I haven't been able to ID for over a year. Finally it was the scribbles that tagged it as a 1EC. The die breaks are unique. Hopefully one day I'll figure out how to update the die break guide. Thanks for y...
by MarkyB
Mon Oct 17, 2022 2:49 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Help w/1923-S plz
Replies: 6
Views: 226

Re: Help w/1923-S plz

I appreciate the feedback sir. What confuses me is why the heavy file lines on the right obv aren't mentioned. I'm not looking for a discovery piece but do file lines disappear quickly once the die is back in service?
by MarkyB
Mon Oct 17, 2022 12:41 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Help w/1923-S plz
Replies: 6
Views: 226

Re: Help w/1923-S plz

Thanks. My best guess at this point is 1BQ. It has the Die 2 marker file lines but lacks some requisites such as shoulder spikes and "Above One" clash. The nose bridge counterclash is there and leaf clash above cap. Adding pics.
by MarkyB
Fri Oct 14, 2022 2:14 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Help w/1923-S plz
Replies: 6
Views: 226

Help w/1923-S plz

Received this MS63 today and going at it for a few hours. The right-side obv is wrecked by file lines; observable by the naked eye. I've reviewed all VAMs and the breaks and file line atribution guides but no match. 1BL comes close but its described as scribbles and I don't have any lines above T&R....
by MarkyB
Thu Oct 06, 2022 10:09 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1883 CC Help
Replies: 12
Views: 367

Re: 1883 CC Help

I pulled my self-attributed 83CC, Vam 5B, also in a GSA holder. I have the wing spike. I'm not sure what you mean by "the berries and leaves are on the olive branch...." but I can tell you the berry matches exactly. I've added a few of my own pictures if you want to check for a match. Notice my bit ...
by MarkyB
Thu Oct 06, 2022 6:24 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1883 CC Help
Replies: 12
Views: 367

Re: 1883 CC Help

I see a 5B.
by MarkyB
Mon Sep 12, 2022 7:18 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1882CC, VAM 3A
Replies: 0
Views: 149

1882CC, VAM 3A

I recieved this today and have it narrowed down to 3A. I then noticed this note: "as per VAMpicker this a stage of VAM 3 that exists between VAMs 3A and 3B" but doesn't explain this other stage. I see the data under Temporary Pages and read JRs notes but nothing that describes this other stage and/o...
by MarkyB
Thu Sep 08, 2022 12:49 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1884 O Questions
Replies: 17
Views: 1013

Re: 1884 O Questions

Looking over it all I believe you are all right with VAM 51 and I appreciate all the feedback. I will use the advice when taking future pictures and have some work to do with grids I've since I haven't attempted that before. Would the O /O be a variation of the 51 then? I don't know all the nuances...
by MarkyB
Wed Sep 07, 2022 11:14 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1884 O Questions
Replies: 17
Views: 1013

Re: 1884 O Questions

All told, I think fogie has it right with a Vam 51. The O depicted there, IMO, has a slight tilt. The clash, if it is one, is tough to equate with part of the reverse wing. I still think it's an O/O but :?
by MarkyB
Wed Sep 07, 2022 4:36 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1884 O Questions
Replies: 17
Views: 1013

Re: 1884 O Questions

Close. There's a couple different grids used here. Horizontal lines at the bottom of the ribbon and top of D-O help determine High-Low and tilt. There's an example found in Vam 101 under MM positioning but your example could also be used if you use the bottom curves of the ribbon as your guide. Here...