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by RogerB
Mon Nov 07, 2022 5:29 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: (somewhat blinded) Mint mark research question: What'd you call this?
Replies: 18
Views: 431

Re: (somewhat blinded) Mint mark research question: What'd you call this?

"None of the above." At least four static reference points are required to objectively evaluate mintmark characteristics. Here, "static" means they are part of the central design element common to all hubs, and NOT positioned relative to any other points. The VAM descriptions do not follow this and ...
by RogerB
Mon Nov 07, 2022 5:23 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: An open letter to all VAM members
Replies: 12
Views: 518

Re: An open letter to all VAM members

Erik, I presume you have a plaster model of the Great Seal obverse (eagle) signed by George Morgan and are looking for information. Is that correct? If you will PM me with your email, I will contact you and you can then provide more details and good photos. There is a moderate amount of US Mint-Stat...
by RogerB
Mon Nov 07, 2022 5:14 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Something for Trade Dollar fanz
Replies: 0
Views: 83

Something for Trade Dollar fanz

March 17, 1885 Hon. H. C. Burchard, Director of the Mint Washington D.C. Sir: In compliance with the request contained in your letter of the 13th inst., I enclose herewith a statement, giving the number of Trade Dollars struck and sold at this Mint from 1878 to 1883 inclusive, with the profit thereo...
by RogerB
Sun Nov 06, 2022 11:20 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Archival research - November
Replies: 17
Views: 530

Re: Archival research - update

I will complete E-229 boxes 127-129 at NARA on Tuesday and Wednesday, plus several more volumes of E-235.
by RogerB
Sun Nov 06, 2022 11:18 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: An open letter to all VAM members
Replies: 12
Views: 518

Re: An open letter to all VAM members

There were so many variations of the Great Seal in the period you mention that it's doubtful anyone can give an absolute answer. Look to the State Department for the best response. Treasury Department, Office of the Secretary Washington, D.C. April 17, 1882 Hon. H.C. Burchard, Director of the Mint, ...
by RogerB
Fri Nov 04, 2022 11:40 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: An open letter to all VAM members
Replies: 12
Views: 518

Re: An open letter to all VAM members

If you will post your questions in a more concise form, I'll check my database of archival materials. RE: The Hill and Janiver reducing lathes that made reductions from George Morgan's Galvano's were working from a 4:1 ratio. George Morgan was making his working models from Plaster of Paris, engrave...
by RogerB
Sat Oct 29, 2022 8:44 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Archival research - November
Replies: 17
Views: 530

Re: Archival research - update

Additional information is posted on the NGC message board at:
https://boards.ngccoin.com/topic/429309 ... rch-items/
by RogerB
Fri Oct 28, 2022 3:25 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1880 S DMPL
Replies: 6
Views: 292

Re: 1880 S DMPL

But....PCGS might all it "MS-66 'Specimen' " as they seem to like doing. :)
by RogerB
Thu Oct 27, 2022 11:05 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Archival research - November
Replies: 17
Views: 530

Re: Archival research - update

RE: "...would love get more information on how the mints created these beautiful coins and the Vams we all love." This is especially tough because the information was not kept. Workers and managers used little pocket notebooks to keep track of routine operations. There evidently were no printed trai...
by RogerB
Thu Oct 27, 2022 11:02 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Archival research - November
Replies: 17
Views: 530

Re: Archival research - update

The Entry 229 files for 1900 were uploaded to NNP this morning. The only remaining boxes are the last half of #127 and 128-129. All others before and after have been digitized with all the documents relating to the mints and movement of silver and gold between them. I omitted large amounts of small ...
by RogerB
Thu Oct 27, 2022 3:00 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: GSA Bags
Replies: 5
Views: 244

Re: GSA Bags

Silver dollars were packed in bags and/or boxes of 1,000 coins. For a few years in the 1880s, $500 bags were occasionally used.
by RogerB
Wed Oct 26, 2022 3:32 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Archival research - November
Replies: 17
Views: 530

Re: Archival research - update

I was able to get in most of two days digitizing documents at NARA, and have only E-229 Boxes 128 and 129, plus 1/2 of box 127 remaining to complete. I will send some to NNP later this week and the balance as soon as I can get over there again.
by RogerB
Wed Oct 19, 2022 2:36 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: CAC is the next new grading company
Replies: 31
Views: 1088

Re: CAC is the next new grading company

RE: "...but I'd love to return to a more simple life..." The pre-TPG collecting era was not necessarily simpler, but there was much greater clarity and openness about grading and authentication/attribution. Permit a few words --- A majority of dealers and collectors graded coins based on one of seve...
by RogerB
Tue Oct 18, 2022 7:26 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: VAM 200 Reverse "V" Center Arrow
Replies: 8
Views: 298

Re: VAM 200 Reverse "V" Center Arrow

On the detail photo, notice the raised metal next to the "V." This is from post-production impact, clearly showing that the mark is damage.
by RogerB
Mon Oct 17, 2022 11:36 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: CAC is the next new grading company
Replies: 31
Views: 1088

Re: CAC is the next new grading company

More of the same and assures LESS coordination and standardization on objective grading. Things now revert to the pre-TPG except collectors will be paying $50 to $100 for what was once free.

Without accepted and uniformly applied standards, we might as well use a ouija board.

:(
by RogerB
Sun Oct 09, 2022 4:07 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Archival research - November
Replies: 17
Views: 530

Archival research - November

Several members have requested information from the US Mint archives. some of this remains incomplete due to the Covid-19 situation and access changes made by NARA. I have been able to schedule two appointments later this month and hope to complete all outstanding information requests by the first p...
by RogerB
Wed Oct 05, 2022 5:10 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Additinal background for Carson Mint dollars (and others before 1881)
Replies: 9
Views: 414

Re: Additinal background for Carson Mint dollars (and others before 1881)

I leave it to the "VAMpire community" to apply the information as appropriate. But, do not hesitate to ask any questions that come to mind.
by RogerB
Wed Oct 05, 2022 12:30 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Additinal background for Carson Mint dollars (and others before 1881)
Replies: 9
Views: 414

Re: Additinal background for Carson Mint dollars (and others before 1881)

The letter might help explain some of the Carson varieties for 1880.
by RogerB
Tue Oct 04, 2022 6:41 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Additinal background for Carson Mint dollars (and others before 1881)
Replies: 9
Views: 414

Additinal background for Carson Mint dollars (and others before 1881)

Letter from Sptd Snowden to Dir. Burchard October 6, 1880. Sir, I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 4th inst., enclosing a copy of a letter from the Coiner of the Mint at Carson City, addressed to the Superintendent of that Mint, and have also to acknowledge the receipt...
by RogerB
Sat Sep 03, 2022 12:20 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1884-S with poor detail - Engraver's explaination
Replies: 2
Views: 192

Re: 1884-S with poor detail - Engraver's explaination

This coin generated correspondence only because someone though it was counterfeit.