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by RogerB
Tue Jun 16, 2020 3:59 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Early Typewriter at the Mint
Replies: 14
Views: 294

Re: 1888-S Morgan Dollar Die Study

Might be good to extract the typewriter posts and put them all in a separate thread. Interesting stuff. I wonder if there is a "first typed Standard Silver Dollar letter" someplace?

To add a bit -- the archives include typed letters of earlier date, but these were made later for unknown purposes.
by RogerB
Mon Jun 15, 2020 8:44 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Early Typewriter at the Mint
Replies: 14
Views: 294

Re: 1888-S Morgan Dollar Die Study

None of the Morgan dollar correspondence from 1877 - 1879 is typed, so presumably Mint HQ did not have a typewriter until late 1879. (Of course, the files we have are largely drafts, not final letters sent outside Treasury.) In 1897 the Secretary of Treasury required all letters to be typed and orde...
by RogerB
Mon Jun 15, 2020 5:26 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Early Typewriter at the Mint
Replies: 14
Views: 294

Re: 1888-S Morgan Dollar Die Study

JB; Typewriter 1st at mint??? Fantastic Question/Topic The handwritten letters are so cool but many are damm hard to read. Typewriter thing a huge deal 122 + yrs ago Thanks Roger for all your posts on letters etc Being a history nut, all this stuff is super cool This is the earliest reference I hav...
by RogerB
Mon Jun 15, 2020 4:43 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Press feeder/ejector gouges - Are these counted as VAM varieties?
Replies: 25
Views: 733

Re: Press feeder/ejector gouges - Are these counted as VAM varieties?

As a non-VAM collector, I feel these are in the same category as clashes and other damage to a die incidental to normal use. They are also related because the same sub-assembly (planchet feeding/coin ejection) of a toggle press is responsible. Pitting and erosion are normal states of metal strain an...
by RogerB
Sun Jun 14, 2020 7:49 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1888-S Morgan Dollar Die Study
Replies: 10
Views: 382

Re: 1888-S Morgan Dollar Die Study

I found no other San Francisco Mint die orders in late 1887 for dies dated 1888. Have not checked all the 1888 boxes - that fun is reserved for " LateDateMorganGuy."

NARA RG104 Entry 271 Vol 4 "Coinage Executed" confirms production noted by LateDateMorganGuy, above.
by RogerB
Sun Jun 14, 2020 7:14 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1888-S Morgan Dollar Die Study
Replies: 10
Views: 382

Re: 1888-S Morgan Dollar Die Study

This is the only relevant letter I have so far. You can check the Mint Entry-1 documents Box 149 Part 2 through Box 155 on the Newman Numismatic Portal (NNP)
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by RogerB
Sun Jun 14, 2020 6:27 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1888-S Morgan Dollar Die Study
Replies: 10
Views: 382

Re: 1888-S Morgan Dollar Die Study

I'll see if I have any additional 1888-S die info in my database. Meanwhile - Mints usually began the calendar year with obverse and reverse die bearing the same number. But if one of the dies cracked or needed some other sort of repair, a new die would be substituted without changing the remaining ...
by RogerB
Sun Jun 14, 2020 4:53 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Collar clash?
Replies: 5
Views: 164

Re: Collar clash?

It appears to be a low (short) fin created by a mismatch between planchet upset and collar inside diameter.
by RogerB
Sat Jun 13, 2020 3:26 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: A Guide Book of Peace Dollars 4th Edition - Suggestions wanted from members
Replies: 2
Views: 332

A Guide Book of Peace Dollars 4th Edition - Suggestions wanted from members

Whitman Publishing LLC recently released the 4th edition of A Guide Book of Peace Dollars . I would appreciate any suggestions for changes/additions/deletions from board members. The page count is limited so new material would have to displace or replace old material. The book has to be "light" on P...
by RogerB
Sat Jun 13, 2020 3:16 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Press feeder/ejector gouges - Are these counted as VAM varieties?
Replies: 25
Views: 733

Re: Press feeder/ejector gouges - Are these counted as VAM varieties?

Vampicker - Yes. Understood and your clarification appreciated.

:)
by RogerB
Fri Jun 12, 2020 9:05 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Anyone here ever buy one of these ...
Replies: 12
Views: 472

Re: Anyone here ever buy one of these ...

Hmmm...maybe if the OP asked nicely, a member would assemble a roll of interesting VAMS at a fair price for him to search. Could also be a way to introduce new people to variety collecting?
by RogerB
Fri Jun 12, 2020 8:51 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1878 doubling questions
Replies: 4
Views: 150

Re: 1878 doubling questions

Before the 7-TF reverse dies became available in quantity, George Morgan was given permission to take existing 8-TF dies and overstrike with the new 7-TF design. Since the 8-TF dies were fundamentally flawed due to irregular curvature ('basin') these were first ground to a uniform 7-TF basin, then g...
by RogerB
Fri Jun 12, 2020 8:43 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Press feeder/ejector gouges - Are these counted as VAM varieties?
Replies: 25
Views: 733

Re: Press feeder/ejector gouges - Are these counted as VAM varieties?

To be clear -- the feeding/ejection mechanism differed somewhat between styles and manufacturers of coin presses. The sample of struck feeder shown above is from a press that had been rebuilt and modified many times - so they are NOT consistent with 19th century operations. Still, they show what can...
by RogerB
Fri Jun 12, 2020 2:04 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: When the first Morgan Dollars were being struck...
Replies: 4
Views: 201

Re: When the first Morgan Dollars were being struck...

Just trying to help a little.
by RogerB
Fri Jun 12, 2020 1:56 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Press feeder/ejector gouges - Are these counted as VAM varieties?
Replies: 25
Views: 733

Re: Press feeder/ejector gouges - Are these counted as VAM varieties?

Ah, that helps a lot! Thanks!

Now to figure out which types of Peale/Ulhorn toggle press would permit a moving part to contact a die and which parts were made of hard enough steel to do the damage.
by RogerB
Thu Jun 11, 2020 11:29 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Press feeder/ejector gouges - Are these counted as VAM varieties?
Replies: 25
Views: 733

Re: Press feeder/ejector gouges - Are these counted as VAM varieties?

OK.

"The scraping is into the die face rather than the coin."

How can this be determined?
by RogerB
Thu Jun 11, 2020 11:27 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: When the first Morgan Dollars were being struck...
Replies: 4
Views: 201

Re: When the first Morgan Dollars were being struck...

This part is OK: "Apparently, the Pedestal Fund to finance the base for the statue in 1885 solicited nickel donations." The Liberty nickel was not unpopular; and the shield nickel was the most counterfeited US coin of its time. Treasury was, and had been, busy cleaning cents and nickel five-cent coi...
by RogerB
Thu Jun 11, 2020 11:16 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Press feeder/ejector gouges - Are these counted as VAM varieties?
Replies: 25
Views: 733

Re: Press feeder/ejector gouges - Are these counted as VAM varieties?

My core question is: are these coins struck from damaged dies, or are they damaged coins? Member "fogie" noted these were "striking issues." If it's die damage, then it's a lot like clashed dies; if it's coin damage, then it's in the off-center or other press-defect category. Mechanically, a lot dep...
by RogerB
Wed Jun 10, 2020 9:28 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Forrest Fenn Treasure FOUND...
Replies: 18
Views: 615

Re: Forrest Fenn Treasure FOUND...

It will be months before anything more is published -- only after the TV production is complete. A savvy producer could get a couple of seasons of shows out of just the finder's attempts. Add in all the others and it could be several years of "imitation drama." Not a cynical comment - just contempor...