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by RogerB
Sun Nov 17, 2019 7:37 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: If George Morgan had stayed in London –––
Replies: 11
Views: 3090

Re: If George Morgan had stayed in London –––

For those who want more of the standard silver dollar background, see "Girl on the Silver Dollar" by yours truly. ANA has copies for loan to ANA members.
by RogerB
Sun Nov 17, 2019 3:40 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: If George Morgan had stayed in London –––
Replies: 11
Views: 3090

If George Morgan had stayed in London –––

If George Morgan had stayed in London ---
by RogerB
Thu Nov 14, 2019 3:35 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: A clarification of why Roger Burdette is posting on VAM World
Replies: 15
Views: 3723

Re: A clarification of why Roger Burdette is posting on VAM World

Thanks! Glad you are finding From Mine to Mint interesting and informative. I tried to cover the "basics" of US Mint operations and machinery, and put it into one volume. (The CD is fully searchable and intended to replace a traditional index.) Some of the JNR issues (#1 and #3) cover the Janvier re...
by RogerB
Wed Nov 13, 2019 3:48 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: A clarification of why Roger Burdette is posting on VAM World
Replies: 15
Views: 3723

Re: A clarification of why Roger Burdette is posting on VAM World

Members should feel free to ask if I have data on some date/MM of coin or mint production process. The database is much more extensive than I can ever publish, and it is only by members questions that I can relay possibly useful information. Since I do not collect by variety, I do not know the quest...
by RogerB
Wed Nov 13, 2019 2:46 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: A clarification of why Roger Burdette is posting on VAM World
Replies: 15
Views: 3723

A clarification of why Roger Burdette is posting on VAM World

Members should rest assured that I have not been converted to "VAMing," however much I appreciate members research into variety details. My purpose is to add occasional pieces of context that might help members more clearly understand how and why these varieties exist. The unfortunate fact is that v...
by RogerB
Wed Nov 13, 2019 2:34 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Polish lines gone nuts (1921-P) success!!
Replies: 12
Views: 3183

Re: Polish lines gone nuts (1921-P) success!!

After years of reading thousands of original documents there comes a time when one begins (and only begins ) to become aware of connections that are neither explicit nor obvious. Basic research forces one to consider language, custom, processes, roles, society and all the aspects of human interactio...
by RogerB
Tue Nov 12, 2019 7:09 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Polish lines gone nuts (1921-P) success!!
Replies: 12
Views: 3183

Re: Polish lines gone nuts (1921-P) success!!

This might help a little - not on variety attribution but regarding cause. The photos show a considerable number of scratched arcs over parts of the relief, but much less in the fields. Design relief is also unusually low. Since new dies were mechanically deburred using a rotating abrasive disc and ...
by RogerB
Tue Nov 12, 2019 2:47 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Old Bags
Replies: 0
Views: 645

Old Bags

This letter might be a little "odd" for VAM collectors, but it's interesting in the way the Carson Mint is designated. Size "B" bags were those made to hold $5,000 in gold - primarily double eagles. Size "A" (not ordered in this letter) were for $1,000 Trade dollars or $2,000 in halves. If you are o...
by RogerB
Tue Nov 12, 2019 2:37 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Another Treasury Bags Hoard (All O)...
Replies: 18
Views: 4021

Re: Another Treasury Bags Hoard (All O)...

Treasury did the rebagging when the coins were returned, and gave out the same coins to purchasers. (The book mentions just a few who did this including Harry Foreman from Philadelphia.)
by RogerB
Mon Nov 11, 2019 7:08 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Another Treasury Bags Hoard (All O)...
Replies: 18
Views: 4021

Re: Another Treasury Bags Hoard (All O)...

From examining original bags many years ago, each bag seemed to contain coins from only 2 presses - hence, most would have two varieties in a bag. The ones I saw were in New Orleans & San Francisco & Philadelphia Mint bags and not repackaged. Also, hundreds of bags were purchased from treasury, exam...
by RogerB
Sat Nov 09, 2019 2:12 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Microscope or a set of Bellows?
Replies: 15
Views: 3753

Re: Microscope or a set of Bellows?

The top photo shows how to make "new scribbles" on 1921 dollars.
:)
by RogerB
Sat Nov 09, 2019 4:18 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Another Treasury Bags Hoard (All O)...
Replies: 18
Views: 4021

Re: Another Treasury Bags Hoard (All O)...

OK....for those who want the BH extreme --- $13,000 in Dec 1962 would have bought 1,733 shares of Berkshire Hathaway @ $7.50/share. The closing price today was $331,526 per share. That means $13,000 invested in Berkshire Hathaway and held to today would be worth -- $574,534,558 --- yep, that's over ...
by RogerB
Sat Nov 09, 2019 4:10 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Another Treasury Bags Hoard (All O)...
Replies: 18
Views: 4021

Re: Another Treasury Bags Hoard (All O)...

U.S. Treasury records show fairly large annual purchases of silver dollars by banks in Montana, Idaho, Nevada and parts of other western states. Most of these coins likely did not end up in circulation or gambling devices. The $13,000 paid by the owner for these bogs (assuming 1960 purchase) would n...
by RogerB
Sat Nov 09, 2019 12:54 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Mint Correspondence regarding 79-S Rev. of 78
Replies: 19
Views: 4266

Re: Mint Correspondence regarding 79-S Rev. of 78

RE: "We do not have San Francisco Coining Department data or internal correspondence. Maybe it is is San Bruno NARA...? We also lack statements by W. Barber and the Coiner at Philadelphia that were copied and sent to Dodge." I've asked a collector/author in that area to check NARA at San Bruno. no g...
by RogerB
Fri Nov 08, 2019 4:36 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Mint Correspondence regarding 79-S Rev. of 78
Replies: 19
Views: 4266

Re: Mint Correspondence regarding 79-S Rev. of 78

Brian and I have discussed the data, and will likely continue this. The piling height is something of confusion. In one letter Spt. Dodge points out a height difference of one coin between 1878-S and 1879-S. Yet is own measurements are within 1/32-inch of those provided by Mint HQ including a compre...
by RogerB
Thu Nov 07, 2019 12:44 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Mint Correspondence regarding 79-S Rev. of 78
Replies: 19
Views: 4266

Re: Mint Correspondence regarding 79-S Rev. of 78

Thanks! There are gaps in correspondence caused by missing letters, or absence of internal Philadelphia Mint information. The idea of stockpiling unhardened 1879 dies is reasonable, especially when we recall that a great many 1880 dies for all mints were actually re-dated dies from 1879. It will hav...
by RogerB
Wed Nov 06, 2019 8:40 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Mint Correspondence regarding 79-S Rev. of 78
Replies: 19
Views: 4266

Re: Mint Correspondence regarding 79-S Rev. of 78

Does anyone have high quality images of 1879-S 7TF rev'79 and 1878-S details showing key differences between the two hubs? I would like to use a collector's photos in an article. Full credit line will be provided.

Thanks!

Roger B
by RogerB
Wed Nov 06, 2019 12:51 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Cost of shipping bullion and coins - Western Mints
Replies: 4
Views: 1315

Re: Cost of shipping bullion and coins - Western Mints

These "fair copy" letters were written by a clerk who copied from the final original letter before it was sent. They were recorded in large 500-page journals. Applicants for a clerk's position in Government offices had to pass a penmanship test in addition to various accounting, filing, shorthand an...
by RogerB
Tue Nov 05, 2019 2:56 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Cost of shipping bullion and coins - Western Mints
Replies: 4
Views: 1315

Cost of shipping bullion and coins - Western Mints

The expenses of shipping bullion and coins were major factors in the output of San Francisco and Carson Mints. Here is a letter from mint director Linderman complaining about Adams Express Co.'s proposed rate, and an excerpt showing the same company's charge for getting bullion from Helena, Montana ...
by RogerB
Tue Nov 05, 2019 2:09 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Carson Mint - Low production in 1879
Replies: 8
Views: 2242

Re: Carson Mint - Low production in 1879

In 1878 the western silver producers tried to force the US Mint to pay higher prices for silver bullion than were normal in the east. Producers wanted the London market rate plus the shipping cost from London to Carson and/or San Francisco. Their collusion did not work. Secretary of the Treasury ins...