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by RogerB
Sun Dec 22, 2019 7:45 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1900 O/CC Speculation
Replies: 36
Views: 12334

Re: 1900 O/CC Speculation

As for Carson's handling of dies and efficiency in use, it varied with the attention and knowledge of Mint personnel. The letter below is typical of complaints in the latter years of coinage operation.
by RogerB
Sun Dec 22, 2019 7:43 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1900 O/CC Speculation
Replies: 36
Views: 12334

Re: 1900 O/CC Speculation

The US Mint Engraving Department kept meticulous die records. Calendar year closeout and annual settlement at the end of the FY were definitive accounting processes. That used dies did not have to be sent back to Philadelphia in every year, or that some were buried near the Carson Mint does not mean...
by RogerB
Sun Dec 22, 2019 12:52 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1900 O/CC Speculation
Replies: 36
Views: 12334

Re: 1900 O/CC Speculation

RE: "Carson City was officially closed in June of 1899. They stopped producing coins in 93, but didn't lose the official designation until 99. Makes sense they had a few CC reverses laying around in the interim in case the mint was needed for production." Once the Carson Mint was decommissioned in 1...
by RogerB
Sun Dec 22, 2019 12:48 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1900 O/CC Speculation
Replies: 36
Views: 12334

Re: 1900 O/CC Speculation

If die records for the Engraving Department existed, it might be possible to match left-over CC dies to those sent to New Orleans - every die was tracked even when it was renumbered. But those records seem to be missing. We have to work with what is available, and do what is possible to gradually in...
by RogerB
Sat Dec 21, 2019 7:34 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1900 O/CC Speculation
Replies: 36
Views: 12334

1900 O/CC Speculation

Rapid cracking of silver dollars dies had been a problem at the New Orleans Mint for several years. This letter, from January 1900, led to temporary assignment of Albert W. Downing from Philadelphia. Downing, Foreman of the Philadelphia Mint Coining Room and an experienced machinist, was given the t...
by RogerB
Wed Dec 18, 2019 10:57 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: NNP Research for Morgan and Peace dollar collectors
Replies: 13
Views: 4861

Re: NNP Research for Morgan and Peace dollar collectors

NNP offers silver dollar variety collectors the opportunity to examine original documents, including many quoted in hobby books. Also, files never before examined will be posted; and these can contain information that opens new ideas on various coins and events leading to their production.
by RogerB
Wed Dec 18, 2019 6:06 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: NNP Research for Morgan and Peace dollar collectors
Replies: 13
Views: 4861

Re: Research Source for Morgan and Peace dollar collectors

Several new files have been uploaded to NNP. These include entire volumes and file boxes each containing several hundred to over 1,000 pages. These include Letters Received by HQ during the last week of December 1899 and first 2 weeks of January 1900, (E-229 Box 106, 107.) and the same period for 19...
by RogerB
Wed Dec 18, 2019 1:37 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Good read about "The 'Other' Silver Dollar"...
Replies: 4
Views: 2031

Re: Good read about "The 'Other' Silver Dollar"...

Well....the next books will come with a special "Time Dilation" chip. This will expand your reading time without subtracting from the rest of your day.

It's still experimental.

:)
by RogerB
Wed Dec 18, 2019 6:27 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Good read about "The 'Other' Silver Dollar"...
Replies: 4
Views: 2031

Re: Good read about "The 'Other' Silver Dollar"...

Much better reads are: Guide Book to Peace Dollars (Whitman Publishing LLC) and Renaissance of American Coinage 1916-1921 (Seneca Mill Press LLC)....but they will take longer. :)
by RogerB
Sun Dec 15, 2019 9:51 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Approximate initial deliveries of New Orleans dollars - 1879
Replies: 2
Views: 1332

Re: Approximate initial deliveries of New Orleans dollars - 1879

New Orleans standard silver dollar output for the first month suggests that one press was in operation on this denomination. If we assume the souvenir engraved coin was from Feb 27, then it is very likely to be from die pair #1. Without a table of die life (see 1900-S and 1881-S tables) we can't tel...
by RogerB
Sun Dec 15, 2019 6:12 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Approximate initial deliveries of New Orleans dollars - 1879
Replies: 2
Views: 1332

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: 4846

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: 3052

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: 3052

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: 1036

Something for New Orleans Mint fans

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

:)
by RogerB
Sat Dec 14, 2019 12:02 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: NNP Research for Morgan and Peace dollar collectors
Replies: 13
Views: 4861

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: 4861

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: 4861

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: 4846

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: 2629

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...