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by HawkeEye
Sat Feb 26, 2022 1:58 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Silver dollars in circulation - August 1880
Replies: 9
Views: 695

Re: Silver dollars in circulation - August 1880

My goal here was to try and get a feel for how many are left. I think most over estimate the number. The wild card for me is the unknown melts every time silver prices go up. If my estimate is close then there are only 500,000 or less 1881-O for collectors to see. Break those down by grade and the u...
by HawkeEye
Sat Feb 26, 2022 12:33 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 4 New 1881-O VAMs (Maybe, Hopefully)
Replies: 2
Views: 258

Re: 4 New 1881-O VAMs (Maybe, Hopefully)

Thanks, I keep plugging away at it. It is still a process of discovery after many years.
by HawkeEye
Sat Feb 26, 2022 12:28 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Silver dollars in circulation - August 1880
Replies: 9
Views: 695

Re: Silver dollars in circulation - August 1880

For some reason this triggered a memory of a study I did for myself trying to figure out just how many Morgans are left. This is not scientific, but as close as I could come given available data. In this first chart I assumed that there was a 0.1% loss of Morgans each year since the 1881-O coins wer...
by HawkeEye
Fri Feb 25, 2022 10:18 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Making early Morgan proof coins
Replies: 10
Views: 785

Re: Making early Morgan proof coins

Interesting as always
by HawkeEye
Fri Feb 25, 2022 8:32 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 4 New 1881-O VAMs (Maybe, Hopefully)
Replies: 2
Views: 258

4 New 1881-O VAMs (Maybe, Hopefully)

I finished up my newsletter for February a little early and quite frankly I want to go ahead and post it here so I quit fiddling with it. This has been a long month in front of a microscope and long hours trying to figure out just what I had. By getting this out there now I am hoping for constructiv...
by HawkeEye
Mon Feb 14, 2022 1:58 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Hello VAMWORLD!
Replies: 10
Views: 897

Re: Hello VAMWORLD!

Welcome and bring other Morgan collectors along with you
by HawkeEye
Sat Feb 12, 2022 4:21 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: HELP FINDING MORE NEW VAMERS
Replies: 29
Views: 2357

Re: HELP FINDING MORE NEW VAMERS

Your observations are sound, but I think aimed at those of us who have been here a while. The messages that keeps coming through to me are that we have unknowingly created barriers to new or younger collectors. VAMing can be as straightforward or as complex as one wants. However, when I first joined...
by HawkeEye
Fri Feb 11, 2022 10:24 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: HELP FINDING MORE NEW VAMERS
Replies: 29
Views: 2357

Re: HELP FINDING MORE NEW VAMERS

However, your right on track with your suggestions and we need to take some fresh approaches to things. You know how much effort I have put into just one mint/date coin and I can still get stumped at times. New VAMers need an easier path and we all need to be more patient. On more than one occasion ...
by HawkeEye
Sat Feb 05, 2022 2:53 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Struck Thru Grease?
Replies: 20
Views: 2004

Re: Struck Thru Grease?

I believe that you are right, but if a die was pulled from production and rebaisned or repolished I always assumed that the cycle could start over. For example, if you look at the 1881-O VAM 5 the hair at the neck is almost completely polished out. This could only be done with repeated repolishing. ...
by HawkeEye
Fri Feb 04, 2022 10:08 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Struck Thru Grease?
Replies: 20
Views: 2004

Re: Struck Thru Grease?

I am sure that there will be differing opinions, but my thinking is like yours. If you check these VAM 28.3 coins there is a small scalloped figure just below the eagle's right wing, above the leaves. This pattern repeats on a lot of the DMPL coins and is the same frosted looking area. There are oth...
by HawkeEye
Fri Feb 04, 2022 3:25 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Struck Thru Grease?
Replies: 20
Views: 2004

Re: Struck Thru Grease?

Kurt28 I got lost on another issue and just got back. The coin with the swirl pattern above the eagle is one of several we found with exactly the same pattern, all the same VAM. At the time we thought struck through grease because it would be impossible for multiple planchets to have exactly the sam...
by HawkeEye
Fri Feb 04, 2022 3:13 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: HELP FINDING MORE NEW VAMERS
Replies: 29
Views: 2357

Re: HELP FINDING MORE NEW VAMERS

No, I stay away from any other social media.
by HawkeEye
Wed Feb 02, 2022 3:07 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: HELP FINDING MORE NEW VAMERS
Replies: 29
Views: 2357

Re: HELP FINDING MORE NEW VAMERS

I think we are discovering that lots of us are trying to do our part, we just need to keep up the work.

there are a lot of forums out there and we need to explore them.
by HawkeEye
Tue Feb 01, 2022 12:04 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: HELP FINDING MORE NEW VAMERS
Replies: 29
Views: 2357

Re: HELP FINDING MORE NEW VAMERS

I also think it is important that one or two people take interest in each platform to keep it going. Reddit fits me because I am there researching other topics and spending time on the Morgans subreddit is quick. I am there most of the time to encourage only.
by HawkeEye
Mon Jan 31, 2022 8:29 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: HELP FINDING MORE NEW VAMERS
Replies: 29
Views: 2357

Re: HELP FINDING MORE NEW VAMERS

Forgot

I pass out a lot of awards for reasonable or good posts which with the younger crowd seems to matter. It costs me a little, but a very little.
by HawkeEye
Mon Jan 31, 2022 8:21 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: HELP FINDING MORE NEW VAMERS
Replies: 29
Views: 2357

HELP FINDING MORE NEW VAMERS

I stumbled across something that is paying tiny dividends, but I think could pay more for us, I use Reddit for some technical discussions about various computing devices and I usually find there is someone, somewhere, who has had a similar challenge that helps. One day out of boredom I checked to se...
by HawkeEye
Mon Jan 31, 2022 6:52 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1881-O VAMs 68, 77A, and 77
Replies: 3
Views: 360

Re: 1881-O VAMs 68, 77A, and 77

Thanks, from all I can see they are the same.

By the way, did we ever figure out why VAM 78 was skipped?
by HawkeEye
Sun Jan 30, 2022 7:23 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1881-O VAMs 68, 77A, and 77
Replies: 3
Views: 360

1881-O VAMs 68, 77A, and 77

I have now had time to review these coins and I believe the classification of VAMs 77 and 77A need to be removed and replaced with just VAM 68. I have pulled all of the coins in question and examined them in detail.

I have removed (moved down) listings for VAMs 77 and 77A.
by HawkeEye
Sun Jan 30, 2022 7:20 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1881-O January Newsletter
Replies: 1
Views: 298

1881-O January Newsletter

I have posted the newsletter for January and since I am between projects this one is light. Next month I will be deep into a review of the coins we have classified as VAMs 1 and 1A. There are twenty coins in total, and I believe I can sort these out with some study. Most will be something else alrea...
by HawkeEye
Sat Jan 29, 2022 2:08 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Encouraging Article in NYT
Replies: 8
Views: 1046

Re: Encouraging Article in NYT

The scamming angle is for sure a problem and I think often causes us to lose potential collectors early on. Like the TPGs or not, they can be a buffer for new collectors.