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by vampicker
Mon Jan 17, 2022 7:16 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Is there any vams that are with the 1921 d JOH-22 small break above m Morgan?
Replies: 11
Views: 196

Re: Is there any vams that are with the 1921 d JOH-22 small break above m Morgan?

A pattern of minor cracks as illustrated by JOH-22 with no field displacement, noticeable die chips or scribble scratches would be a VAM 1. Most of the JOH listings have since had other stages noted that resulted in a VAM being assigned to it. As far as I know, this hasn't been found with anything '...
by vampicker
Mon Jan 17, 2022 2:24 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: An intersection of interests
Replies: 14
Views: 239

Re: An intersection of interests

Cool piece of history. I wonder if the smooth brass features have to do with exposure to abrasion or if it was polished that way after being cast. Psychic Bank of Ohio. But really, the bank was founded in 1907 and I think the building this came from was built back in the mid 1920's. The bank is lon...
by vampicker
Fri Jan 14, 2022 9:12 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: An intersection of interests
Replies: 14
Views: 239

Re: An intersection of interests

There's a hotel right by the Baltimore Convention Center that has the basement vault from its former bank set up as a conference room
by vampicker
Fri Jan 14, 2022 7:11 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: An intersection of interests
Replies: 14
Views: 239

Re: An intersection of interests

Different bank with a similar name
by vampicker
Fri Jan 14, 2022 6:28 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: An intersection of interests
Replies: 14
Views: 239

Re: An intersection of interests

Psychic Bank of Ohio. But really, the bank was founded in 1907 and I think the building this came from was built back in the mid 1920's. The bank is long gone but the building is still there. Think the upper floors have been converted to condos.
by vampicker
Fri Jan 14, 2022 4:32 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: An intersection of interests
Replies: 14
Views: 239

An intersection of interests

This showed up today. It's a 5 inch bronze uniface medallion that was on the front panel of a teller window at the old Dollar Savings Bank in downtown Columbus
by vampicker
Thu Jan 13, 2022 8:11 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Sister Vams; Together at Last
Replies: 22
Views: 343

Re: Sister Vams; Together at Last

That's a giant double dose of 'holy crap!'
by vampicker
Thu Jan 13, 2022 8:08 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: A BIG THANK-YOU
Replies: 10
Views: 227

Re: A BIG THANK-YOU

They are well deserved
by vampicker
Wed Jan 12, 2022 1:12 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: OT: guess the Buffalo grade (revealed!)
Replies: 26
Views: 545

Re: OT: guess the Buffalo grade (revealed!)

that needs to go back
by vampicker
Tue Jan 11, 2022 11:56 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1st pick of 2022
Replies: 6
Views: 262

Re: 1st pick of 2022

I've got pictures of a much higher grade example to make comparisons against once the piece is in hand, but my first impression is you might be right.
by vampicker
Tue Jan 11, 2022 11:50 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Here's today's puzzle
Replies: 20
Views: 404

Re: Here's today's puzzle

OK, here's the story. This is obviously struck by a cancelled die. In fact, this is one of the 2 oz tokens Ash had struck with the mated 84-CC pair he bought at the ANA. I did an 'About VAMs' column on the dies right after the show. I've had the dies in hand. The pic is from the ANA. After the token...
by vampicker
Tue Jan 11, 2022 11:37 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: OT-How 'bout Them Dawgs
Replies: 4
Views: 126

Re: OT-How 'bout Them Dawgs

Bleeding scarlet and grey for those Buckeyes, but damn! It's good to see anyone other than Alabama win. PS, thanks for kickin' the sh*t out of Michigan
by vampicker
Tue Jan 11, 2022 5:32 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: The Comprehensive US Silver Dollar Encyclopedia, 2017 Edition
Replies: 10
Views: 180

Re: The Comprehensive US Silver Dollar Encyclopedia, 2017 Edition

DHalladay wrote:
Tue Jan 11, 2022 5:18 pm
vampicker wrote:
Tue Jan 11, 2022 5:13 pm
John's talking about the 2017 version with two volumes. Pretty much every thing from the 1992 edition carried over with enough material to fill another volume that's just as big

Wow. Two volumes that big? That's got to be 8-10 pounds of books.
14 pounds for the set - seriously
by vampicker
Tue Jan 11, 2022 5:13 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: The Comprehensive US Silver Dollar Encyclopedia, 2017 Edition
Replies: 10
Views: 180

Re: The Comprehensive US Silver Dollar Encyclopedia, 2017 Edition

John's talking about the 2017 version with two volumes. Pretty much every thing from the 1992 edition carried over with enough material to fill another volume that's just as big
by vampicker
Tue Jan 11, 2022 2:35 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Here's today's puzzle
Replies: 20
Views: 404

Re: Here's today's puzzle

At least one of you is kinda close. I'll tell the story about what this is later tomorrow.
by vampicker
Tue Jan 11, 2022 2:32 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: The Comprehensive US Silver Dollar Encyclopedia, 2017 Edition
Replies: 10
Views: 180

Re: The Comprehensive US Silver Dollar Encyclopedia, 2017 Edition

It's a two volume set. Some of the information is useful, other chapters are reminiscences of the past dollar market. If you're expecting a focused work like the VAM book or Bowers encyclopedia, this ain't it. I'm happy I have my copy but it is choppy.
by vampicker
Tue Jan 11, 2022 2:14 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: The Comprehensive US Silver Dollar Encyclopedia, 2017 Edition
Replies: 10
Views: 180

Re: The Comprehensive US Silver Dollar Encyclopedia, 2017 Edition

I'm biased because I wrote one of the chapters. Some parts are more useful than others
by vampicker
Tue Jan 11, 2022 12:38 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Here's today's puzzle
Replies: 20
Views: 404

Re: Here's today's puzzle

Struck by a cancelled die, but what's the crud?
by vampicker
Mon Jan 10, 2022 11:00 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Here's today's puzzle
Replies: 20
Views: 404

Here's today's puzzle

What do you think is the material in the retained stuff in the center of the image?
If you were at FUN and heard me talk about this, hold your fire.