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by LateDateMorganGuy
Tue Mar 10, 2020 12:19 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Polished 1888-S Proof, Vam ???
Replies: 33
Views: 911

Re: Polished 1888-S Proof, Vam ???

By the way, some folks may wonder how I can tell certain things in doing die studies. Many of you know this already based on your experience. The following is an example. There are apparently two different obverse dies used in the VAM-6 family. Meaning, the VAM-6 reverse is used with 2 different obv...
by LateDateMorganGuy
Mon Mar 09, 2020 11:52 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Polished 1888-S Proof, Vam ???
Replies: 33
Views: 911

Re: Polished 1888-S Proof, Vam ???

Not sure what caused the "issues" on BJV's coin. But an observation is that for some reason the Morgan's coming out of the SF mint have excessive die ejection/sliding issues. So a lot of the "doubling" issues listed for certain VAMs may not be in the die, but from the ejection/sliding issues of the ...
by LateDateMorganGuy
Mon Mar 09, 2020 1:49 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Polished 1888-S Proof, Vam ???
Replies: 33
Views: 911

Re: Polished 1888-S Proof, Vam ???

John, a couple of things. The reverse die was also used on VAM-3 (near date) and VAM-5. The marriage you have is the middle (or second) marriage as I recall. The obverse was used in a previous, earlier marriage with an unrelated reverse die. I think the "doubling" you see on the mint mark is MDD. It...
by LateDateMorganGuy
Sun Mar 08, 2020 3:56 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Polished 1888-S Proof, Vam ???
Replies: 33
Views: 911

Re: Polished 1888-S Proof, Vam ???

It is on one reverse die that was used in two different die marriages.
by LateDateMorganGuy
Sun Mar 08, 2020 2:00 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Polished 1888-S Proof, Vam ???
Replies: 33
Views: 911

Re: Polished 1888-S Proof, Vam ???

John, does your coin have a die gouge on the obverse between the 1st & 2nd right stars just outside the denticles?
by LateDateMorganGuy
Fri Mar 06, 2020 3:33 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: lost and found
Replies: 11
Views: 392

Re: lost and found

All good on the VAM front. Thanks Brent for all you do.
by LateDateMorganGuy
Fri Mar 06, 2020 12:41 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: lost and found
Replies: 11
Views: 392

Re: lost band found

Maybe not what everyone would do, but I treat the later listings with more reliable PUPs as the go-to VAM for a certain die pair, rather than earlier listed VAMs with little to no PUPs listed or plated. In this case, when LVA listed the VAM-14, he was not listing "ticks" of clashed letters. People c...
by LateDateMorganGuy
Wed Feb 19, 2020 4:59 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: SSDC Awards page
Replies: 25
Views: 758

Re: SSDC Awards page

I got a Mallis and Armstrong award a ways back. I am out of town so can't look at the dates. If Messy can't find them, I will report back when I get home. I am still waiting for the VAM of the Year Award for the 1903-O VAM-22 from 2019. Still waiting, still waiting, still waiting.......................
by LateDateMorganGuy
Wed Feb 19, 2020 4:54 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Die Studies
Replies: 49
Views: 1064

Re: Die Studies

Roger, I went thru the link you posted for mint correspondence from 12/88 to 2/89 while on a 4 hour plane flight today. I did not find a mint usage table for the 1888-S dies. But an interesting read for the parts I actually stopped and read. Thanks for the link and history lesson.
by LateDateMorganGuy
Wed Feb 19, 2020 4:48 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Die Studies
Replies: 49
Views: 1064

Re: Die Studies

John, I didn't find one in my die study. Maybe Wayne has found one or at least some thoughts on the subject.
by LateDateMorganGuy
Wed Feb 19, 2020 2:12 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Die Studies
Replies: 49
Views: 1064

Re: Die Studies

What is inherent in this "hobby" is that everyone can forge their own path, or follow their own interests, which may change over time. While I have no interest in 1921 scribbles, those that do seem passionate about them. I would never take on a die study of the 1900-Os because of the high mintage. B...
by LateDateMorganGuy
Tue Feb 18, 2020 2:16 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Die Studies
Replies: 49
Views: 1064

Re: Die Studies

I'm out. There is a saying in St. Louis, "YCFS".
by LateDateMorganGuy
Tue Feb 18, 2020 2:07 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Die Studies
Replies: 49
Views: 1064

Re: Die Studies

Again, the point is seemingly being missed. If a One & Done die marker or two are identified for each distinct obverse and reverse die, then you might understand how the One & Done actually works. It works irrespective of die marriage.
by LateDateMorganGuy
Tue Feb 18, 2020 2:02 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Die Studies
Replies: 49
Views: 1064

Re: Die Studies

Yokel, you made my point. A myriad of reasons why it won't work.................
by LateDateMorganGuy
Tue Feb 18, 2020 12:58 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Die Studies
Replies: 49
Views: 1064

Re: Die Studies

Folks reject One & Done markers. I have never understood why :roll: Every time I suggest it I get a myriad of reasons why it won't work. But it does work actually.
by LateDateMorganGuy
Mon Feb 17, 2020 11:02 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Die Studies
Replies: 49
Views: 1064

Re: Die Studies

For this VAMmer, Rob is correct. I do not look at what is on VW, and I really don't pay attention to the VAM listings either. I just go thru coins and document different dies, different die marriages, different die stages, different die states. Only once I have done that, do I go and see if anything...
by LateDateMorganGuy
Mon Feb 17, 2020 8:34 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Die Studies
Replies: 49
Views: 1064

Re: Die Studies

I think JR hit the nail on the head. I only used average number of coins per die as an example. I think the 1900-S die useage table showed a few dies close to 500K per die? But my point is that "new" VAMs get listed when many, many times they are just different die stages or states of previously lis...
by LateDateMorganGuy
Mon Feb 17, 2020 3:56 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Die Studies
Replies: 49
Views: 1064

Re: Die Studies

John, that would seem to be a VAM-5/5A. Apparently Leroy saw it as a C3a reverse. Go figure. Your observation is what makes VAM listing tuff and die studies imperative. What is one man's left mint mark is another man's centered & upright.
by LateDateMorganGuy
Mon Feb 17, 2020 1:49 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Die Studies
Replies: 49
Views: 1064

Die Studies

I have a continuum of a rant about doing die studies. I am currently working on the 1888-S series, thanks to Big John (BJV). Here is a conundrum for you to think about. The series has a listed mintage of 657K coins. But there are 16 base VAMs listed. This would make an average of 41K average coins p...
by LateDateMorganGuy
Mon Feb 17, 2020 1:27 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Is 1900-O v44 really v2A?
Replies: 11
Views: 281

Re: Is 1900-O v44 really v2A?

Die studies folks, die studies. Listen to BigBub. He has been studying the 00-Os for a long time. With the mintage as high as it was for this series, it is inevitable that duplicate listings/ different die marriages/different die states/different die stages would mess up the listings. Take it from s...