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by vampicker
Sat Aug 13, 2022 9:20 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: What is the correct term?
Replies: 52
Views: 702

Re: What is the correct term?

I call BS on that. Downing's letter is a solution for an unrelated die issue. Proper softening of planchets prior to striking is a remedy for premature die breakage. How would softer planchets in any way fix the oddity seen on the VAM 23A/B obverse? Nothing in your detailed progression explains the ...
by vampicker
Sat Aug 13, 2022 7:53 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Possible new finds
Replies: 45
Views: 969

Re: Possible new finds

The exercise I suggested may seem pointless, but it is worth doing. It makes the RPM's stick out more and helps sort some of the more deceptive forms of post mint damage from actual variety characteristics.
No one enters this field as an expert, even when they possess expertise elsewhere.
by vampicker
Sat Aug 13, 2022 2:12 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Possible new finds
Replies: 45
Views: 969

Re: Possible new finds

Maybe it would be a worthwhile exercise to look at other examples of this date and the year before and compare multiple mint marks to this coin. You might find they all exactly conform to the same style. There's a good book on Morgan and Peace Dollar varieties that shows all of the known mintmark st...
by vampicker
Fri Aug 12, 2022 10:38 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: New take on 1889 VAM 23A
Replies: 60
Views: 18529

Re: New take on 1889 VAM 23A

I'm always game for mint records
by vampicker
Fri Aug 12, 2022 10:28 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: What is the correct term?
Replies: 52
Views: 702

Re: What is the correct term?

Ok, I'll rethink the Barber letter. Seems like a detour off topic. How is a planchet issue in any way relevant to the 89 Philly issue under discussion?
by vampicker
Fri Aug 12, 2022 10:18 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: What is the correct term?
Replies: 52
Views: 702

Re: What is the correct term?

So you think this is all due to planchets being 'off'?
by vampicker
Fri Aug 12, 2022 9:59 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: What is the correct term?
Replies: 52
Views: 702

Re: What is the correct term?

that's worth two okeydokeys
by vampicker
Fri Aug 12, 2022 9:46 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: What is the correct term?
Replies: 52
Views: 702

Re: What is the correct term?

okeydokey
by vampicker
Fri Aug 12, 2022 3:46 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: What is the correct term?
Replies: 52
Views: 702

Re: What is the correct term?

What the hell - you keep droning on about me calling 23B rare. I did not say that ever. "Scarce at best' is not rare. I did say the 23B is harder to find than the later stages of 7B. I'm sure some of your pieces in the more greatly detailed micro progression are harder to find than other but so what...
by vampicker
Fri Aug 12, 2022 3:06 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: New take on 1889 VAM 23A
Replies: 60
Views: 18529

Re: New take on 1889 VAM 23A

Back to this thread and Barber's letter. He states the problem that occurs periodically at the branch mints isn't that there's something wrong with the die steel. It is caused by improper hardening of the dies. He goes on to say he won't try to remedy this by written instruction, thinking it better ...
by vampicker
Thu Aug 11, 2022 12:05 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: What is the correct term?
Replies: 52
Views: 702

Re: What is the correct term?

I've made my arguments and Wayne has misrepresented or ignored them repeatedly. I've repeatedly asked him for his explanation since he's never accepted mine even when the evidence presented supports it. I stand by my theory but would welcome further discussion from anyone else. It's clear you will n...
by vampicker
Wed Aug 10, 2022 2:15 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: can an AU55 coin be PROOF LIKE
Replies: 32
Views: 301

Re: can an AU55 coin be PROOF LIKE

I'd liken it to the difference between banging around in a cigar box as 'old stuff' vs being passed from hand to hand in commerce. Mar the surface enough and you really can't/shouldn't call it mint state
by vampicker
Wed Aug 10, 2022 3:28 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: What is the correct term?
Replies: 52
Views: 702

Re: What is the correct term?

The utter absurdity of all this meandering argument with no conclusion from you is that I did 'read' the dies and it was studying the VAM 7B that cemented the 'softer than normal' die theory. Massive clash after massive clash -and yes- note how little has changed on the reverse. That's the point. Th...
by vampicker
Wed Aug 10, 2022 3:18 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1878-S VAM-96
Replies: 19
Views: 365

Re: 1878-S VAM-96

I'll try to remember to bring a VAM 43 with me to the ANA
by vampicker
Tue Aug 09, 2022 11:14 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: What is the correct term?
Replies: 52
Views: 702

Re: What is the correct term?

Congratulations on all the collecting. So what does it mean since you have all this information in hand? Why does the the VAM 23 obverse behave so differently than the VAM 7 pieces in the sequence?
by vampicker
Tue Aug 09, 2022 12:25 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: What is the correct term?
Replies: 52
Views: 702

Re: What is the correct term?

The progression I laid out in September 2020 is virtually identical. This is a fact borne out by my letter to Van Allen - see the other thread on this subject. You do deserve credit for finding a couple of stages I predicted but didn't have in hand. The added stages do not change the story, they act...
by vampicker
Mon Aug 08, 2022 7:33 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: garroted eagle
Replies: 6
Views: 145

Re: garroted eagle

Either way, it's a dirty bird
by vampicker
Mon Aug 08, 2022 3:21 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: What is the correct term?
Replies: 52
Views: 702

Re: What is the correct term?

When you did your research, we did not have the 1889-P VAM-7B1 and VAM-7B2. In addition, all of the VAM listings have been revised and new ones created. If you are not willing to do due diligence and let the reverse die talk to you then you will never find out what you missed. The facts are there......
by vampicker
Mon Aug 08, 2022 2:29 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: New take on 1889 VAM 23A
Replies: 60
Views: 18529

Re: New take on 1889 VAM 23A

Bumping this thread as the arguing continues
by vampicker
Mon Aug 08, 2022 2:03 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: What is the correct term?
Replies: 52
Views: 702

Re: What is the correct term?

That is EXACTLY what I did and the 'softer than normal obverse' is what I found as the most likely explanation. You already know I've looked at the various stages in hand at length. I'm hard pressed to see an actual conclusion from you beyond repeatedly saying I'm wrong. I'll repeat my question sinc...