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by RogerB
Thu Dec 29, 2022 5:07 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Found a neat way to measure relief with a ping test and spectrograph
Replies: 21
Views: 523

Re: Found a neat way to measure relief with a ping test and spectrograph

You can infer relative differences, but not absolute. Now, if you could develop this test so that Vampires need only "ping" a coin to determine its variety -- then you'd really have something or should that be "someping?" :D
by RogerB
Wed Dec 28, 2022 11:31 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: a question for RogerB
Replies: 20
Views: 482

Re: a question for RogerB

The "clerical error" argument along with "it looks like" are surrogates for the truth, which is: "We don't know, and we aren't going to look for an answer, so we'll invent something to sell coins."
by RogerB
Wed Dec 28, 2022 6:59 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: a question for RogerB
Replies: 20
Views: 482

Re: a question for RogerB

RE: "Where are the business strikes for 1895 -P....????? did they ever exist ???????probably in Colorado in JR.s safe." The circulation coins were struck and fully accounted for in June 1895 (See my article o the subject.) including the profit on coinage and Annual Assay pieces. They would have gone...
by RogerB
Wed Dec 28, 2022 12:52 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: a question for RogerB
Replies: 20
Views: 482

Re: a question for RogerB

There is a table, which eludes my fingers for the moment, that shows the coining cost at each mint. When I find it I'll post it.

Over time, the manufacturing cost of a silver dollar increased from about 1% of face to 2% and a little more.
by RogerB
Wed Dec 28, 2022 12:49 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: a question for RogerB
Replies: 20
Views: 482

Re: a question for RogerB

New Orleans, 1887 “including salaries of officers was 1-cent and 6 mills per piece. Excluding salaries the cost per NO silver dollar was “1.55 cents for 1884 and 1.49 cents for 1885.” [RG104 E-235 Vol 050. March 3, 1888.] Cost of distributing silver dollars was: FY 1878 $77,999.93 FY 1879 $93,297.7...
by RogerB
Wed Dec 28, 2022 12:46 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: a question for RogerB
Replies: 20
Views: 482

Re: a question for RogerB

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by RogerB
Wed Dec 28, 2022 12:45 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: a question for RogerB
Replies: 20
Views: 482

Re: a question for RogerB

Bullion was a variable since silver was bought on the open market. Here are some other bits that should help. They are in no particular order.
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by RogerB
Tue Dec 27, 2022 9:39 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: a question for RogerB
Replies: 20
Views: 482

Re: a question for RogerB

Quick answer: Yes. I'll get some of the numbers together are post them later this evening. Responses do not include capital equipment costs (equipment, buildings, etc.) but usually include everything else it took to strike a Morgan dollar. (Less sure about Peace dollars...) This will get you started...
by RogerB
Mon Dec 26, 2022 8:20 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Interesting question for Trade dollar fans
Replies: 0
Views: 77

Interesting question for Trade dollar fans

Came across this letter today. Have not found the answer -- yet. April 23, 1878 Hon. H. R. Linderman Director of the Mint Washington, D.C. Sir: The enclosed letter from David Baldwin, Treasurer of the Savings Bank of Baltimore, raises the question whether we can receive Trade dollars over the counte...
by RogerB
Mon Dec 26, 2022 12:09 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Daily coinage and movement of silver dollars 12/5/1878 to 6/29/1889 - Updated
Replies: 2
Views: 162

Re: Daily coinage and movement of silver dollars 12/5/1878 to 7/5/1881

The first 3 RG50 volumes are available on NNP at https://nnp.wustl.edu/library/archivede ... 79&take=50.

More will be scanned next Tuesday and Wednesday.
by RogerB
Sat Dec 24, 2022 10:57 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Help explaining metal flow on Cracked Planchet 1921 Peace Dollar
Replies: 5
Views: 224

Re: Help explaining metal flow on Cracked Planchet 1921 Peace Dollar

A small part of the crack fell out so metal flowed into the gap.
by RogerB
Sat Dec 24, 2022 5:27 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Odd patinated/tanished Morgan dollars, looking for comments please.
Replies: 5
Views: 332

Re: Odd patinated/tanished Morgan dollars, looking for comments please.

Appears to be common stains from circulation. No connection to silver content, that will be uniform to the 0.0005 or much less.
by RogerB
Fri Dec 23, 2022 6:38 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Even in 1880 it was tough to get silver dollars into circulation
Replies: 5
Views: 258

Re: Even in 1880 it was tough to get silver dollars into circulation

See the new Message thread concerning these Treasury journals.
by RogerB
Fri Dec 23, 2022 6:33 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Daily coinage and movement of silver dollars 12/5/1878 to 6/29/1889 - Updated
Replies: 2
Views: 162

Daily coinage and movement of silver dollars 12/5/1878 to 6/29/1889 - Updated

Daily chronological entries by the Treasurer of the United States recording the Treasury or Mint office involved, coinage by date and total, quantity on-hand, quantity paid out to date, and quantity received. These will be posted on NNP next week, I think. I have scanned the first 9 complete volume...
by RogerB
Wed Dec 21, 2022 6:26 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1892 New Orleans reverse dies used
Replies: 6
Views: 227

Re: 1892 New Orleans reverse dies used

The Engraver pulled usable reverse dies from those returned by mints. These were renumbered and issued the next calendar year. All obverse dies of the previous year were destroyed. Reverse dies destroyed sets a minimum on the quantity used - it's a good indicator, just not perfect. Engraver Barber m...
by RogerB
Wed Dec 21, 2022 2:04 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1892 New Orleans reverse dies used
Replies: 6
Views: 227

Re: 1892 New Orleans reverse dies used

We are also without information about the dates/mints of coins melted 1918-19.
by RogerB
Tue Dec 20, 2022 9:18 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1892 New Orleans reverse dies used
Replies: 6
Views: 227

1892 New Orleans reverse dies used

Reverse dies, 1892, from New Orleans Mint destroyed. This might help in matching against varieties.
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by RogerB
Mon Dec 19, 2022 7:52 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Doing your own research
Replies: 3
Views: 143

Re: Doing your own research

I hope it will make navigating easier for those doing Morgan dollar studies and research.
by RogerB
Mon Dec 19, 2022 6:26 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Doing your own research
Replies: 3
Views: 143

Doing your own research

With more US Mint Bureau documents becoming available on-line through the Newman Numismatic Portal (NNP), it seems a good time to give those doing numismatic research a little guidance. This will show how various groups of documents are connected and suggest which files to search for letters relatin...