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by vampicker
Mon Aug 08, 2022 3:49 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: What is the correct term?
Replies: 65
Views: 2381

Re: What is the correct term?

I'll ask again - why did the obverse and reverse react differently? If you can't or won't answer, then this discussion is pointless
by vampicker
Mon Aug 08, 2022 1:18 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: What is the correct term?
Replies: 65
Views: 2381

Re: What is the correct term?

You can not actually know the number of coins struck by this die - the best you can do is make a guess based on apparent scarcity. The VAM 23A is legitimately rare, while the various stages of VAM 23B are scarce at best. It is clear they are harder to find than many other 89 varieties. I do not acce...
by vampicker
Sun Aug 07, 2022 8:58 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: What is the correct term?
Replies: 65
Views: 2381

Re: What is the correct term?

I recall a presentation messydesk did at VAM Thing a couple of years ago on 81-O varieties. He had found a mint die usage log with pieces struck and some dies noted with a reason for retirement. One specifically got pulled from use for being "too soft". Go figure that there's a variety that looks li...
by vampicker
Sun Aug 07, 2022 8:23 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: What is the correct term?
Replies: 65
Views: 2381

Re: What is the correct term?

How you you possibly think there are no cracks on that obverse? What do you call that honking thing at the point of the neck? What about the big chunks at the bases of multiple letters? Is average die life even relevant? Die this die come anywhere close to that average? How about when compared to th...
by vampicker
Sat Aug 06, 2022 11:15 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: What is the correct term?
Replies: 65
Views: 2381

Re: What is the correct term?

Improperly hardened is not the same thing as not hardened. Van Allen's theory was that they accidentally skipped the hardening step. My contention has always been that for whatever reason this particular die was weaker than normal. That is not the same thing as Leroy's theory. You said several times...
by vampicker
Sat Aug 06, 2022 1:54 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: What is the correct term?
Replies: 65
Views: 2381

Re: What is the correct term?

It's not polish. None of the dies in question started out looking like this. This weird surface progressively appears during use. In the case of the 23A/23B obverse it occurs more than once. It got polished away with the 23A clash then came back
by vampicker
Sat Aug 06, 2022 4:29 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: What is the correct term?
Replies: 65
Views: 2381

Re: What is the correct term?

So what other plausible cause is there for the clearly atypical clashing and erosion this obverse experienced? How do you known an improperly hardened die can't strike a bunch of coins? The theory (and yes, it is a theory) about a clash involving a softer than normal die is a possible explanation fo...
by vampicker
Fri Aug 05, 2022 8:55 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1878-S VAM-96
Replies: 19
Views: 764

Re: 1878-S VAM-96

Took the liberty of adjusting color and lighting and blowing up the Y from the piece in question
by vampicker
Fri Aug 05, 2022 8:43 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1878-S VAM-96
Replies: 19
Views: 764

Re: 1878-S VAM-96

Here's a shot of the TY from a VAM 43 and Brian's image the same area on the purported VAM 96. Same pattern in the stand of the Y
by vampicker
Fri Aug 05, 2022 7:51 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Help Identify VAM for 1878 CC
Replies: 7
Views: 207

Re: Help Identify VAM for 1878 CC

The 'eyelash' is noted and plated in my guide booklet for this date. You have a VAM 22.
by vampicker
Fri Aug 05, 2022 5:01 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Help Identify VAM for 1878 CC
Replies: 7
Views: 207

Re: Help Identify VAM for 1878 CC

the line in the wing is going to be there.
by vampicker
Fri Aug 05, 2022 2:39 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Help Identify VAM for 1878 CC
Replies: 7
Views: 207

Re: Help Identify VAM for 1878 CC

22
by vampicker
Thu Aug 04, 2022 4:16 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Are these scratches contact or cleaning?
Replies: 11
Views: 614

Re: Are these scratches contact or cleaning?

I have the coin on my desk now and it is in fact a VAM 4 EDS. I straight graded it but we'll have to see what they say in the office. I'm the final word on attributions, but not grades.
Anyway, it's a great find
by vampicker
Wed Aug 03, 2022 3:29 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1878-S VAM-96
Replies: 19
Views: 764

Re: 1878-S VAM-96

Sorry for my part in this too. When John sent me the revised listings, I missed that it said 78-S instead of 79-S
by vampicker
Wed Aug 03, 2022 2:53 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: peculiar 21d reed queation
Replies: 18
Views: 683

Re: peculiar 21d reed queation

Good illustration of how the upper die surface was cut to help guide a planchet to the center of the collar. In addition the reeded part of the collar was slightly wider at this top face than the bottom. So... there were two interesting aspects to collars: 1) they had a sloping guide cut into the t...
by vampicker
Wed Aug 03, 2022 2:49 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1878-S VAM-96
Replies: 19
Views: 764

Re: 1878-S VAM-96

Looks like crossed wires somewhere. My list had the tentative 1879-S Reverse of 78 VAM 96 as a duplicate of VAM 43. Not the 78-S
by vampicker
Tue Aug 02, 2022 3:27 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: peculiar 21d reed queation
Replies: 18
Views: 683

Re: peculiar 21d reed queation

Here's a 68-S quarter collar die from my collection. It will help illustrate what Roger was talking about. Note the deep bevel in the plate to naturally drop and center (usually)the planchet to the lower die Also note the groove around the entire bottom face to prevent this from being installed upsi...
by vampicker
Tue Aug 02, 2022 3:14 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: peculiar 21d reed queation
Replies: 18
Views: 683

Re: peculiar 21d reed queation

I promise I will never use the term 'mini center reed'
by vampicker
Mon Aug 01, 2022 9:38 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: OT - 1976 Ike Clashed Letters D WE plus INDENT
Replies: 14
Views: 3576

Re: OT - 1976 Ike Clashed Letters D WE plus INDENT

Personally, I think Ike looks better on this one
by vampicker
Mon Aug 01, 2022 6:38 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: peculiar 21d reed queation
Replies: 18
Views: 683

Re: peculiar 21d reed queation

RE: "A rotating collar die is noted as the cause of this overlapping." Please explain what this means. Think we've mixed a couple of things here. There are several of the overlapping reeding varieties that are known with the noteworthy segments located in variable positions. This is from the collar...