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by RogerB
Sun Dec 15, 2019 6:12 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Approximate initial deliveries of New Orleans dollars - 1879
Replies: 2
Views: 950

Approximate initial deliveries of New Orleans dollars - 1879

Not sure if collectors have this New Orleans Mint information, so I'm posting a photo here.
by RogerB
Sun Dec 15, 2019 2:50 am
Forum: Buy, Sell, Trade
Topic: 1921 Peace $1 PCGS MS66?
Replies: 11
Views: 3532

Re: 1921 Peace $1 PCGS MS66?

Pay special attention to the upper surfaces of inscriptions, the detail and roundness of rays, and so forth on both sides. We are so accustomed to seeing multiple "flat" areas that we have nothing for comparison. That's the purpose of posting the photo.
by RogerB
Sat Dec 14, 2019 11:18 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1900-S Die Study Update
Replies: 8
Views: 2165

Re: 1900-S Die Study Update

Most of these files were tossed into file boxes and forgotten. Their companions are dried out rubber bands, rusted metal clips, straight pins, brass page fasteners and the occasional centenarian comatose insect critter. No alien life forms have been seen - yet. But, some of the handwriting looks mor...
by RogerB
Sat Dec 14, 2019 5:58 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1900-S Die Study Update
Replies: 8
Views: 2165

Re: 1900-S Die Study Update

The 1900-S Life of Dies table is a good start. We know that these dies were shipped in small lots (such as #1-5, etc.) and it would make sense from an operational perspective to list them on the table in order of use. As can be readily seen, there are probably many more die pairings than numeric "pa...
by RogerB
Sat Dec 14, 2019 5:51 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Something for New Orleans Mint fans
Replies: 1
Views: 757

Something for New Orleans Mint fans

An interesting letter concerning the first silver dollar to leave the New Orleans Mint in 1879.

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by RogerB
Sat Dec 14, 2019 12:02 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: NNP Research for Morgan and Peace dollar collectors
Replies: 13
Views: 3565

Re: Research Source for Morgan and Peace dollar collectors

There's a lot more on NNP, I was only highlighting some that would contain items of interest to VAM enthusiasts. Entry 1 includes letters beginning in 1792. Entries 214, 215, 216, and 218 include much materials from about 1835 to 1870. Anyone with interest in a specific time period can contact me an...
by RogerB
Fri Dec 13, 2019 9:56 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: NNP Research for Morgan and Peace dollar collectors
Replies: 13
Views: 3565

Re: Research Source for Morgan and Peace dollar collectors

It's OK to glue it someplace if it will help members.
by RogerB
Fri Dec 13, 2019 8:46 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: NNP Research for Morgan and Peace dollar collectors
Replies: 13
Views: 3565

NNP Research for Morgan and Peace dollar collectors

Thanks to the Newman Numismatic Portal (NNP) supported by the Eric P Newman Numismatic Education Society, collectors of Morgan and Peace dollars (and other coins) have access to a growing stock of original documents from the U.S. Mint archives held at the National Archives and Records Administration...
by RogerB
Fri Dec 13, 2019 6:14 pm
Forum: Buy, Sell, Trade
Topic: 1921 Peace $1 PCGS MS66?
Replies: 11
Views: 3532

Re: 1921 Peace $1 PCGS MS66?

A key "takeaway" is that the numeric "grade" and strength of detail are not related to one anther by the TPGs. Thus, the posted photo could be anywhere from "AU-58 to MS-68" and still have the same detail as shown. My suggestion is to look for the best possible detail first, then numeric grade. Also...
by RogerB
Sat Dec 07, 2019 6:10 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1921 Peace dollars
Replies: 6
Views: 1874

Re: 1921 Peace dollars

Messydesk's comment is on the nose. My opinion is that in this instance detail overrides a bit of wear or a few marks. But -- be very critical and look for detail throughout the coin, not just on the central hair. The mumps observation is consistent with President Harding's complaint about Liberty's...
by RogerB
Sat Dec 07, 2019 1:58 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1921 Peace dollars
Replies: 6
Views: 1874

1921 Peace dollars

Many collectors want to have a 1921 Peace dollar as an example of the only high relief circulation coin that is reasonably affordable. Finding a really nice example is a challenge, but not impossible, especially if some idiosyncrasies of this one-year issue are understood. First, fully 90+% of the i...
by RogerB
Thu Dec 05, 2019 5:24 pm
Forum: Buy, Sell, Trade
Topic: 1921 Peace $1 PCGS MS66?
Replies: 11
Views: 3532

Re: 1921 Peace $1 PCGS MS66?

A 1921 with detail similar to the posted photo is almost "never too expensive."
by RogerB
Wed Dec 04, 2019 11:22 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Crazy DMPL Day.... <<PCGS UPDATE>>
Replies: 19
Views: 4960

Re: Crazy DMPL Day.... <<PCGS UPDATE>>

In the early 1960s it was commonplace to find 1/2 or more of a fresh bag containing PL dollars....Much depended on the number of presses being run on the day the coins were struck. I recall a local bank teller pouring out a bag of glittering Morgans and complainant to me that they were all the same ...
by RogerB
Wed Dec 04, 2019 11:13 pm
Forum: Buy, Sell, Trade
Topic: 1921 Peace $1 PCGS MS66?
Replies: 11
Views: 3532

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: 1344

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: 6198

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: 6198

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: 1212

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: 1532

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 ...