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by RogerB
Wed Dec 04, 2019 11:13 pm
Forum: Buy, Sell, Trade
Topic: 1921 Peace $1 PCGS MS66?
Replies: 11
Views: 806

Re: 1921 Peace $1 PCGS MS66?

I admire your gumption in searching for a real MS-66 1921 peace dollar. The major grading companies do not seem to consider detail when grading these, and grade inflation has made a real MS-66 into at least a 67 or better when in a new holder. Detail of design is always a problem for this design and...
by RogerB
Thu Nov 28, 2019 3:54 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Help Attributing a B1 Reverse 1922 Peace - New Type?
Replies: 3
Views: 317

Re: Help Attributing a B1 Reverse 1922 Peace - New Type?

The coin shown in the OP's photos was made from the first pair of low relief hubs made in 1922. These were soon modified by George Morgan with the most obvious alteration being closure of the gap between the base of the olive branch and the eagle (2nd hubs). Also, many dies from the 1st reverse hub ...
by RogerB
Mon Nov 25, 2019 5:25 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Privately Made Question
Replies: 21
Views: 1227

Re: Privately Made Question

The pieces might have been made at any time after the dates on coins - or over a period of several years. They do not seem to be rare - almost in the "Henning counterfeit nickel" category.
by RogerB
Mon Nov 25, 2019 1:59 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Privately Made Question
Replies: 21
Views: 1227

Re: Privately Made Question

The subject of counterfeit silver dollars of various dates, but of similar characteristics is one of those “numismatic mysteries” that begs speculation and inventive explanations. Over the years I’ve been on the lookout for anything mentioning these coins or circumstances that might help understand ...
by RogerB
Fri Nov 22, 2019 4:35 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1879-P VAM-93 Possibly stupid question
Replies: 3
Views: 270

Re: 1879-P VAM-93 Possibly stupid question

Not sure if this will be of any help....
by RogerB
Wed Nov 20, 2019 8:22 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: George Morgan’s Status at the Philadelphia Mint
Replies: 5
Views: 381

Re: George Morgan’s Status at the Philadelphia Mint

CascadeChris – I’m not aware of anything in print that is more than a superficial comment or two about the relationship of the engravers at the Philadelphia Mint during this period. There is also much innuendo and a lot of absurd comments by Breen and his acolytes. The initial post is a fairly good ...
by RogerB
Tue Nov 19, 2019 7:13 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: George Morgan’s Status at the Philadelphia Mint
Replies: 5
Views: 381

George Morgan’s Status at the Philadelphia Mint

Contrary to common belief and older hobby books, George T. Morgan was not made an assistant engraver at the Philadelphia Mint when he arrived from London in October 1876. That happened in January 1880. Morgan was a direct employee of Mint Headquarters in Washington D.C., and given the title “Special...
by RogerB
Mon Nov 18, 2019 4:46 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: If George Morgan had stayed in London –––
Replies: 11
Views: 748

Re: If George Morgan had stayed in London –––

William Barber's original reverse for the dollar was made according to suggestions by Linderman. The Director not only wanted an "ideal head of Liberty" for the obverse, but wanted silver coin reverses to have just the denomination and an ornamental wreath. This was consistent with French and other ...
by RogerB
Sun Nov 17, 2019 7:37 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: If George Morgan had stayed in London –––
Replies: 11
Views: 748

Re: If George Morgan had stayed in London –––

For those who want more of the standard silver dollar background, see "Girl on the Silver Dollar" by yours truly. ANA has copies for loan to ANA members.
by RogerB
Sun Nov 17, 2019 3:40 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: If George Morgan had stayed in London –––
Replies: 11
Views: 748

If George Morgan had stayed in London –––

If George Morgan had stayed in London ---
by RogerB
Thu Nov 14, 2019 3:35 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: A clarification of why Roger Burdette is posting on VAM World
Replies: 15
Views: 952

Re: A clarification of why Roger Burdette is posting on VAM World

Thanks! Glad you are finding From Mine to Mint interesting and informative. I tried to cover the "basics" of US Mint operations and machinery, and put it into one volume. (The CD is fully searchable and intended to replace a traditional index.) Some of the JNR issues (#1 and #3) cover the Janvier re...
by RogerB
Wed Nov 13, 2019 3:48 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: A clarification of why Roger Burdette is posting on VAM World
Replies: 15
Views: 952

Re: A clarification of why Roger Burdette is posting on VAM World

Members should feel free to ask if I have data on some date/MM of coin or mint production process. The database is much more extensive than I can ever publish, and it is only by members questions that I can relay possibly useful information. Since I do not collect by variety, I do not know the quest...
by RogerB
Wed Nov 13, 2019 2:46 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: A clarification of why Roger Burdette is posting on VAM World
Replies: 15
Views: 952

A clarification of why Roger Burdette is posting on VAM World

Members should rest assured that I have not been converted to "VAMing," however much I appreciate members research into variety details. My purpose is to add occasional pieces of context that might help members more clearly understand how and why these varieties exist. The unfortunate fact is that v...
by RogerB
Wed Nov 13, 2019 2:34 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Polish lines gone nuts (1921-P) success!!
Replies: 12
Views: 818

Re: Polish lines gone nuts (1921-P) success!!

After years of reading thousands of original documents there comes a time when one begins (and only begins ) to become aware of connections that are neither explicit nor obvious. Basic research forces one to consider language, custom, processes, roles, society and all the aspects of human interactio...
by RogerB
Tue Nov 12, 2019 7:09 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Polish lines gone nuts (1921-P) success!!
Replies: 12
Views: 818

Re: Polish lines gone nuts (1921-P) success!!

This might help a little - not on variety attribution but regarding cause. The photos show a considerable number of scratched arcs over parts of the relief, but much less in the fields. Design relief is also unusually low. Since new dies were mechanically deburred using a rotating abrasive disc and ...
by RogerB
Tue Nov 12, 2019 2:47 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Old Bags
Replies: 0
Views: 205

Old Bags

This letter might be a little "odd" for VAM collectors, but it's interesting in the way the Carson Mint is designated. Size "B" bags were those made to hold $5,000 in gold - primarily double eagles. Size "A" (not ordered in this letter) were for $1,000 Trade dollars or $2,000 in halves. If you are o...
by RogerB
Tue Nov 12, 2019 2:37 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Another Treasury Bags Hoard (All O)...
Replies: 18
Views: 967

Re: Another Treasury Bags Hoard (All O)...

Treasury did the rebagging when the coins were returned, and gave out the same coins to purchasers. (The book mentions just a few who did this including Harry Foreman from Philadelphia.)
by RogerB
Mon Nov 11, 2019 7:08 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Another Treasury Bags Hoard (All O)...
Replies: 18
Views: 967

Re: Another Treasury Bags Hoard (All O)...

From examining original bags many years ago, each bag seemed to contain coins from only 2 presses - hence, most would have two varieties in a bag. The ones I saw were in New Orleans & San Francisco & Philadelphia Mint bags and not repackaged. Also, hundreds of bags were purchased from treasury, exam...
by RogerB
Sat Nov 09, 2019 2:12 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Microscope or a set of Bellows?
Replies: 15
Views: 1040

Re: Microscope or a set of Bellows?

The top photo shows how to make "new scribbles" on 1921 dollars.
:)