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By Daniel Carr of Moon Light Mint
[Printable Catalog with Mintage Statistics for Items Designed and Minted by Daniel Carr / Moonlight Mint.]
http://www.moonlightmint.com/artifacts.htm
“1909-o” Morgan Dollars – Production Blog
(Production listed in chronological order - newest production at top, oldest production at bottom)
All are over-struck on genuine US Mint Morgan Silver Dollars (circa 1878-1921), unless otherwise noted.
A few of each type were broad-struck or multi-struck with significant coin shift between over-strikes.
No genuine Morgan Silver Dollars were minted during 1905-1920. But imagine if the New Orleans Mint had decided to make silver dollars one last time upon the closing of that mint in 1909. This is what they would have looked like. All of these over-strikes have the micro-o reverse, with the same mint mark style, size, and orientation as that found on the scarce 1899-o micro-o Morgan Dollars, as well as the [1896-o, 1900-o, and 1902-o micro-o vintage counterfeits] from the same time period. These vintage counterfeits were thought to be rare genuine US Mint products for a long time. It wasn’t until 2005 that someone finally realized that some intrepid counterfeiters had taken a scarce (genuine) 1899-o micro-o Morgan Silver Dollar and used it as a model to produce fake coins dated 1896, 1900, and 1902. They likely produced the fakes prior to 1940. They were well-made and contained the full amount of silver, but the strikes were soft and the high-point details were lacking. Once circulated, they were quite convincing. At the time, the scrap silver content would have been about 35 cents. With a one dollar face value, the counterfeiters could still profit by making and spending them. Even though they are counterfeits, the 1896-o, 1900-o, and 1902-o micro-o coins command strong prices from collectors today.
These 1909-o over-strikes are not counterfeits, but rather, altered genuine coins. They have sharper details than the 1896-o, 1900-o, and 1902-o vintage counterfeits.
Current Status:
All production has ended. The dies have been totally defaced and scrapped.

Tooling Quantity Issue Price Notes
Die Pair 2 101 $175 First produced January, 2012.
Proof-LikeFinish (final) (high-grade) Micro-o reverse. Normal rims with wider gaps between obverse denticles. Open 9s in date. All show evidence of the underlying host coin design. This is manifested as doubled facial profile lines, and doubled wings. The amount of “cameo” contrast varies, with the first and last strikes having the most.
high-grade: (sold out)
57 $80
bag-handled: (bag-handled)
44 (sold out)


Die Pair 2 proof-like finish
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Tooling Quantity Issue Price Notes
Die Pair 2 253 $125 First produced October, 2011.
Uncirculated (final) (high-grade) Micro-o reverse. Normal rims with wider gaps between obverse denticles. Open 9s in date. All show evidence of the underlying host coin design. This is manifested as doubled facial profile lines, and doubled wings. Surface texture ranges from somewhat shiny to nearly matte, depending on die state.
Finish high-grade: (sold out)
174 $80
bag-handled: (bag-handled)
79 (sold out)

Die Pair 2 high-luster finish

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Die Pair 2 date details open 9s, normal gaps between denticles

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Die Pair mint mark details

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Tooling Quantity Issue Price Notes
Die Pair 1 99 $175 Produced October, 2011.
Proof-like Finish (final) (high-grade)
high-grade: (sold out)
89 $85
bag-handled: (bag-handled)
10 (sold out)


Die Pair 1 proof-like finish

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Tooling Quantity Issue Price Notes
Die Pair 1 129 $125 Produced October, 2011.
Uncirculated Finish (final) (high-grade) Micro-o reverse. Broad flat rims. All have a small shallow die defect below the “tr” of “trust”. Closed 9s in date. All show evidence of the underlying host coin design. This is manifested as doubled facial profile lines, doubled wings, and erratic denticles.

One (not released) was over-struck in error with the reverse die rotated 180 degrees from normal.

high-grade: (sold out)
99 $80
bag-handled: (bag-handled)
30 (sold out)


Die Pair 1 high-luster finish

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Die Pair 1 bag-handled finish

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Die Pair 1 date details, closed 9s, narrow gaps between denticles

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Die Pair 1 die defect below “tr”

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Die Pair 1 mint mark details

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“1964-D” & “1965-D” Fantasy Over-Struck Peace Dollars – Production Blog
(Production listed in chronological order - newest production at top, oldest production at bottom)
All are over-struck on genuine (circa 1922-1935) US Mint Peace Silver Dollars, unless otherwise noted.
A few of each type were broad-struck or multi-struck with significant coin shift between over-strikes.
The 1964-D Peace silver dollar is one of the most enigmatic coins in history. On August 3 1964 legislation was enacted authorizing 45 million new silver dollars to be coined. In May 1965 the White House finally ordered some to be produced and the Denver Mint soon minted 316,076 of the coins which carried a 1964 date and a design identical to the Peace silver dollar last minted from 1921-1935. Shortly after the first mintage, an order went out to destroy them. The Treasury Department claims every one was accounted for and melted. None have publicly surfaced in the 45 years since. If an original 1964 Peace silver dollar were to turn up, it would be subject to immediate confiscation since it would be assumed to be stolen government property.
2014 is the 50th anniversary of the original 1964 Peace Silver Dollars (which were actually struck in calendar year 1965). The “1965-D” over-strikes serve as a 50th anniversary commemorative coin.
This modern over-strike "1964-D" Peace silver dollar is the most exacting and faithful rendition ever produced. Holding this coin in hand gives the viewer a true sense of what it would be like to own an original 1964-D Peace silver dollar. And since these were over-struck on genuine Peace silver dollars, they have the correct weight (no metal is added or removed), correct metallic content, and correct diameter. Even the number of reeds on the edge (189) is correct. And to top it off, all the over-strikes were privately and painstakingly performed using a surplus Denver Mint coin press.
In an ironic twist, the original 1964 Peace dollars are illegal to own. But this modern fantasy is LEGAL and is not required to carry a "COPY" stamp for the following reasons:
1) These are not copies of Peace silver dollars - they are privately over-struck on GENUINE government-issue Peace silver dollars that were originally minted from 1922-1935.
2) According to the US Treasury, no 1964 Peace silver dollars survived (and none were ever minted with a “1965” date) - so these over-strikes can't be a copy of since the originals don't exist.
3) Defacing of US coins is legal so long as the defacement isn't for fraudulent purposes.
Current Status:
All production has ended.
All “1964” and “1965” dies have been totally defaced and scrapped.
Total production of “1964” over-strikes (all types & issues combined, prior to die cancellation): 1,964.
50 additional pieces were broad-struck using the cancelled dies on various items.
Items that were destroyed after striking are not included in the mintage totals.
Total production of “1965” over-strikes (all types & issues combined): 523.

Tooling Quantity Issue Price Notes
Die Pair 7 523 $125 First produced April, 2014.
”1965” (final) (sold out) Two (not released) were over-struck on Kennedy Half Dollars (one 1964 90% silver, one 1965 40% silver). Four (not released) were over-struck on copper-nickel clad Eisenhower dollars 1971-D and 1977-D. Two of those were broad-struck.
high-grade: (high-grade)
376 $80
bag-handled: (bag-handled)
147

Die Pair 7 ”1965”

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Tooling Quantity Issue Price Notes
Die Pair 6 50 N/A Produced January, 2011.
”1964” (final) (sold out) All show prominent “X” on obverse and reverse, retained die break at date, and clashed dies on reverse. Various test strikes (for personal entertainment purposes) as follows:
Cancelled Die Strikes (7) Broad-struck on 39mm copper blank.
(3) Broad-struck on 39mm nickel-alloy blank.
(2) Broad-struck on 39mm 999 silver blank (1 troy oz.).
(3) Broad-struck on 39mm 2006 ANA Denver Coin Club antiqued bronze medal.
(1) Broad-struck on 36mm steel washer.
(1) Broad-struck on 1965 copper-nickel clad Washington Quarter.
(1) Broad-struck on 1964-D Jefferson Nickel.
(1) Broad-struck on 1971 copper-nickel clad Eisenhower Dollar.
(1) Broad-struck on 1971-D copper-nickel clad Eisenhower Dollar.
(2) Broad-struck on 1971-S silver clad Eisenhower Dollar.
(1) Broad-struck on 1972 copper-nickel clad Eisenhower Dollar.
(1) Broad-struck on 1972-D copper-nickel clad Eisenhower Dollar.
(1) Broad-struck on 1974 copper-nickel clad Eisenhower Dollar.
(14) Broad-struck on 1974-D copper-nickel clad Eisenhower Dollar.
(2) Broad-struck on 1974-S copper-nickel clad proof Eisenhower Dollar.
(1) Broad-struck on 1974-S silver clad Eisenhower Dollar.
(1) Broad-struck on 1976 copper-nickel clad Bicentennial (type-2) Eisenhower Dollar.
(1) Broad-struck on 1976-D copper-nickel clad Bicentennial (type-1) Eisenhower Dollar.
(2) Broad-struck on 1976-D copper-nickel clad Bicentennial (type-2) Eisenhower Dollar. *
(1) Broad-struck on 1977 copper-nickel clad Eisenhower Dollar.
(1) Broad-struck on 1977-D copper-nickel clad Eisenhower Dollar.
(1) Broad-struck on 1978 copper-nickel clad Eisenhower Dollar.
(1) Broad-struck over previously over-struck “1964-D” Peace Silver Dollar.
(1) Broad-struck over previously over-struck “1964-D” Peace Silver Dollar.
* One was sold on eBay in June 2011. Final sale price: $480.55

Die 5 Reverse, Die 6 Reverse, Die Pair 5 & 6 Obverse.
Major die failure at date. These three dies produced all released “1964” over-strikes.
After producing some cancelled-die strikes, the dies were totally defaced and scrapped.

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Die Pair 6 cancelled die broad-strike over 1974-D copper-nickel clad Eisenhower Dollar

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Tooling Quantity Issue Price Notes
Die Pair 6 14 N/A Produced January, 2011.
(final) All show a major retained die break (obverse, in the date area).
Un-cancelled Various test strikes (for personal entertainment purposes) as follows:
Test Strikes (1) Broad-struck on sandblasted 39mm pure iron blank.
(1) Broad-struck on 39mm nickel-alloy blank.
(1) Broad-struck on 39mm brass blank.
(1) Broad-struck on 39mm 999 silver blank (1 troy oz.).
(1) Broad-struck on sandblasted 39mm 1971 US Postal Service brass token.
(1) Broad-struck on 39mm 2006 ANA Denver Coin Club antiqued bronze medal.
(1) Broad-struck on 34mm US Denver Mint President Lincoln bronze medal.
Pieces below show clashed dies on reverse.
(2) Over-struck on 1922-1935 Peace Silver Dollar.
(3) Broad-struck over 1922-1935 Peace Silver Dollar, retained cud die break at date.
(1) Multi-broad-struck over 39mm nickel-alloy blank, retained cud die break at date.
(1) Broad-struck over 39mm copper blank, retained cud die break at date.

Die Pair 6 broken-die broad-strike over normal broad-strike on 39mm nickel blank (clashed dies reverse} Peace image004.jpg


Tooling Quantity Issue Price Notes
Die Pair 6 10 N/A Produced January, 2011.
Gold-Plated (final) Test strikes (the Peace Dollars were gold-plated prior to over-striking).
Die Pair 6 gold plated finish

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Tooling Quantity Issue Price Notes
Die Pair 6 152 $190 Produced January, 2011.
Matte Proof Finish (final) (sold out) These coins were bead-blasted and burnished after over-striking to produce matte proofs.
Certificates issued with these coins identify them as “Die Pair 6, Sandblast Matte”.
Die Pair 6 matte proof finish

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Tooling Quantity Issue Price Notes
Die Pair 6 180 $175 Produced December, 2010.
Proof-like Finish (final) (sold out) The reverse die lost some frosting and polish during the first few strikes, and as a result some coins show less cameo contrast on the reverse than the obverse.
Die Pair 6 proof-like finish

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Tooling Quantity Issue Price Notes
Die Pair 6 542 $150 Produced October, 2010.
Uncirculated Finish (final) (sold out) Obverse die carried over from Die Pair 5. New reverse die shows a die gouge to the right of “D” mint mark. Obverse continues high-luster stain finish. Reverse is an earlier die state and the appearance ranges from somewhat matte to shiny. The reverse die was periodically sandblasted during production runs. Rims on both sides are broader and somewhat flatter than previous over-strikes. Five coins had the rims rolled as a test prior to striking. The difference in appearance is minimal. Bag-handled coins were issued with certificates stating “Die Pair 6, Bulk-Handling Finish”. High-grade coins were issued with certificates stating “Die Pair 6, High-Grade Finish”.
high-grade
379
bag-handled: 163
Die Pair 6 uncirculated finish

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Die Pair 6 die gouge right of mint mark

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Tooling Quantity Issue Price Notes
Die Pair 5 7 N/A Produced October, 2010.
Normal Reeding (final) (sold out) This and all subsequent over-strikes use a collar with a reeding depth of 0.003 inches. Previous damage to reverse die required that it be ground down to fit in collar – resulting in very thin reverse rims.
Single-Struck high-luster: 5
bag-handled: 2
Die Pair 5 warped & expanded reverse flat obverse rims very narrow reverse rims

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Die Pair 5 normal edge reeding

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Tooling Quantity Issue Price Notes
Die Pair 5 7 N/A Produced October, 2010.
Shallow Reeds (final) (sold out) Over-struck using a ground-down collar yielding very shallow smoothed edge reeding. All previous issues used a collar with a reeding depth of 0.006 inches. The reeding on the collar was ground down in an attempt to reduce the “saw-tooth” rim appearance, but the grinding went too far and eradicated much of the reeding. After seven were produced, two Peace Dollars were inadvertently inserted into the coining chamber together and then over-struck, causing a catastrophic brockage resulting in a collar failure, and a buckling of the reverse die. The brockage coins were subsequently melted.
Single-Struck high-luster: 5
bag-handled: 2
Die Pair 5 shallow smoothed edge reeding

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Die Pair 5 broken collar and brockage pair

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Tooling Quantity Issue Price Notes
Die Pair 5 789 $125 Produced October, 2010.
Deep Reeding (final) (sold out) Over-struck once at 300 tons. Strong “cartwheel” luster. About 200 were bag-handled and were issued with certificates stating “Die Pair 5, Bulk-Handling Finish”. The remainder are high-grade individually-handled and were issued with certificates stating “Die Pair 5, High-Luster Finish”. One (not released) was test-struck on a copper-nickel clad US Mint Eisenhower Dollar blank. Another (not released) was a flip-over double over-strike that was subsequently over-struck by “1964-D” Franklin Half Dollar dies.
Single-Struck high-luster: 5
589
bag-handled:
200
Die Pair 5 single-strike high-luster

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Die Pair 5 single-strike bag-handled

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Die Pair 5 double-struck “pocket peace”

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Tooling Quantity Issue Price Notes
Die Pair 5 222 $110 Produced September 2010.
Deep Reeding (final) (sold out) Re-punched Mint Mark, original D punched far to the left, then corrected (the same reverse die that was used in Die Pair 4). Over-struck four times at 200 tons. Subdued luster, with surface reflectivity ranging from satiny-matte to somewhat shiny. All were issued with certificates stating “Die Pair 5”, but no mention of the surface finish.
Quad-Struck
Die Pair 5 quad-struck, early die state (subdued luster, matte finish)

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Die Pair 5 quad-struck, late die state (subdued luster, shiny finish)

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Tooling Quantity Issue Price Notes
Die Pair 4 6 N/A Produced early-2010.
(final) Obverse die failed to harden properly and mushroomed (expanded & distorted). Reverse die shows re-punched Mint Mark, original D punched far to the left, then corrected (this same reverse die was used later with Die Pair 5). Four of the six were multi-struck with major coin shift between strikes, and those four were all given a post-strike simulated circulated finish.
Die Pair 4 distorted obverse, multi-struck

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Die Pairs 4 & 5 re-punched D/D west-east

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Tooling Quantity Issue Price Notes
Die Pair 3 0 N/A Unsatisfactory die detail due to corrosion during heat-treating.
(final) No strikes were made from this die pair.
Tooling Quantity Issue Price Notes
Die Pair 2 31 N/A Produced mid-2009.
(final) No re-punching on mint mark. Very high rims. Shiny rippled surfaces. Repeating pattern of shallow die gouges between “B” and “E” of Liberty. An additional 90 pieces were produced, but later melted.
Die Pair 2

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Die Pair 2 mint mark

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Die Pair 2 die gouges

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Die Pair 2 high rims – edge appears thick

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Tooling Quantity Issue Price Notes
Die Pair 1 4 N/A First production, early 2009.
(final) Re-punched Mint Mark, original D punched North, then corrected.
Some show evidence of die clashing on reverse. All show evidence of multiple striking. All 4 over-struck on Peace Dollars were given a post-strike simulated circulated finish.
In addition, the following quantities were over-struck on other coins:
1976 Bicentennial Half Dollar: 1
1965 Kennedy Half Dollars: 30
1965 Washington Quarter: 1
1965 Roosevelt Dime: 1
1965 Jefferson Nickel: 1
1965 Lincoln Cent: 1
Under-size brass blanks (test strikes): 2
A total of five 39mm pure copper pieces were also struck using Die 1 obverse and the Denver Mint centennial shield reverse.
Die Pair 1 clashed reverse

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Die Pair 1 die gouges re-punched D/D north-south (the visible ”S” mint mark is a remnant of host coin)

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Die Pair 1 over-struck 1965 mint set

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Die Pair 1 Denver Mint centennial reverse struck in larger 39mm collar pure copper

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