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by messydesk
Thu Dec 29, 2022 6:33 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Found a neat way to measure relief with a ping test and spectrograph
Replies: 22
Views: 551

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

Do coins of different designs have different spectrograms? Are they different enough between designs and similar enough within designs that you could tell the design by the spectrogram, much like Merlin does with birds?
by messydesk
Wed Dec 28, 2022 7:05 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1891-CC VAM-8
Replies: 8
Views: 189

Re: 1891-CC VAM-8

Tagging @tmanhg since he has the discovery coin.
by messydesk
Wed Dec 28, 2022 6:06 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1880 VAM 1A2 Nice
Replies: 8
Views: 295

Re: 1880 VAM 1A2 Nice

Very nice! Not the usual VG-VF you see for this variety.
by messydesk
Wed Dec 28, 2022 4:45 pm
Forum: Buy, Sell, Trade
Topic: Time to order 2023 Calendar!
Replies: 15
Views: 660

Re: Time to order 2023 Calendar!

I still have some left for those of you who didn't get the calendar you wanted for Christmas.
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by messydesk
Wed Dec 28, 2022 4:30 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 02-P near date with collar clash 3-4 O'clock
Replies: 18
Views: 647

Re: 02-P near date with collar clash 3-4 O'clock

Again, appreciate your input, John. A moving target in a subjective field - two qualities that make the fun of the hunt even more enjoyable. Is there a way for us to create a 'parking lot' to help crowdsource the efforts? This post will get deeply buried in the sands of time so we all might be well...
by messydesk
Tue Dec 27, 2022 10:00 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 02-P near date with collar clash 3-4 O'clock
Replies: 18
Views: 647

Re: 02-P near date with collar clash 3-4 O'clock

I see no reason to send this for a discovery at this time. The collar clash is marginal as far as what would be considered for listing (want 60° and strong). Cataloging collar clashing is a relatively new thing, probably within the past 10 years give or take. The absence of a picture of a VAM 2 or m...
by messydesk
Tue Dec 27, 2022 1:44 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: pocket change coin question
Replies: 5
Views: 169

Re: pocket change coin question

I prefer to think of that variety as the barbecue sauce mouth variety. It is by no stretch of the imagination rare. This is the equivalent of the smile die crack on Peace dollars that goes across the tip of the bust. I imagine this may result in rework of the model a bit to try and prevent the die b...
by messydesk
Mon Dec 26, 2022 6:48 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Question on this 1894 S Morgan
Replies: 3
Views: 182

Re: Question on this 1894 S Morgan

I'll bet it's not raised on the coin. There's a chip below the I of In on that coin that was identified in a study Alan (@LateDateMorganGuy) did on 94-S. No bar below the tail, just S set right. I would probably call this VAM 2.
by messydesk
Mon Dec 26, 2022 6:39 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1881 S - Machine doubling and divots are making this hard
Replies: 5
Views: 164

Re: 1881 S - Machine doubling and divots are making this hard

The subject of this thread says it all regarding attributing 1881-S. I'd be good calling this VAM 12.
by messydesk
Mon Dec 26, 2022 12:32 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Merry Christmas
Replies: 6
Views: 286

Re: Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas, everyone!
by messydesk
Mon Dec 26, 2022 12:31 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 02-P near date with collar clash 3-4 O'clock
Replies: 18
Views: 647

Re: 02-P near date with collar clash 3-4 O'clock

Thanks, John. Curious, if this didn't have the collar clash and was submitted would it not come back as a VAM-2 as this is the description for a near date vanilla ice cream variety? Perhaps a related question, aren't VAMs still designated by qualities and not die pairings? Thanks again and happy ho...
by messydesk
Sun Dec 25, 2022 1:16 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Help explaining metal flow on Cracked Planchet 1921 Peace Dollar
Replies: 5
Views: 225

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

colwillys wrote:
Sat Dec 24, 2022 11:55 pm
How about the dot between GOD . WE ....
There was probably sufficient impurity at the crack to cause part of the planchet to end up raised a little there, which when worn looks like a die break.
by messydesk
Sat Dec 24, 2022 4:53 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 02-P near date with collar clash 3-4 O'clock
Replies: 18
Views: 647

Re: 02-P near date with collar clash 3-4 O'clock

It is a collar clash, but in order to be listable, you also need to show the same die pair without the collar clash.
by messydesk
Sat Dec 24, 2022 3:39 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: AU58 Paper Test
Replies: 31
Views: 1181

Re: AU58 Paper Test

Not sure if I've ever shared this here before, but this is an effective test for telling the difference between AU58 and MS6x if you're not sure. I show this to students in the Morgan dollar class at the ANA when explaining what the difference between slight wear and luster looks like. I had occasi...
by messydesk
Wed Dec 21, 2022 2:44 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1892 New Orleans reverse dies used
Replies: 6
Views: 227

Re: 1892 New Orleans reverse dies used

LateDateMorganGuy wrote:
Wed Dec 21, 2022 2:33 pm
Seems like just because they destroyed them, does not necessarily mean they were all used?
Obverse dies, yes, but unused reverse dies could be used the following year.
by messydesk
Wed Dec 21, 2022 1:45 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1892 New Orleans reverse dies used
Replies: 6
Views: 227

Re: 1892 New Orleans reverse dies used

Alan identified 13 reverse dies for 1892-O in his die study, which is close to the number 15 in the report indicates. The other at least two dies could easily be represented by coins too worn to show up in Heritage or SB auction photos or coins that were never released. There may also be a reverse d...
by messydesk
Tue Dec 20, 2022 7:50 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Coin Market Up or down
Replies: 9
Views: 385

Re: Coin Market Up or down

There were some strong prices in that sale. Glad it was a success for you. I came away empty handed.
by messydesk
Tue Dec 20, 2022 7:45 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1922 Peace Dollar Question
Replies: 9
Views: 470

Re: 1922 Peace Dollar Question

RogerRock wrote:
Tue Dec 20, 2022 4:35 pm
Bottom pic showing TRVST on 1922 D with caption "die crack _maybe" looks like VAM 2H
Agree. VAM 2H.
by messydesk
Tue Dec 20, 2022 6:57 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1900-S VAM-??? Please help!
Replies: 13
Views: 348

Re: 1900-S VAM-??? Please help!

There were a lot of unlisted die pairs in Alan's study. I can look tonight to see if it matches one of them.
by messydesk
Tue Dec 20, 2022 6:04 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: OLD R & I Ratings Discontinued
Replies: 31
Views: 1161

Re: OLD R & I Ratings Discontinued

Listen, I don't mean to sound harsh here, but if the Grey Sheet is gonna use the SSDC guide we're all gonna look like fools. When the priceguide came out it was out of whack with the market and it hasn't been updated... For a simple example, I can get an MS63 1878 7/8 strong for $550 OR, according ...