The latest Coin World issue, dated July 31, 2017, has been
sent to the presses, and we have a quick preview of some of
the Coin World exclusives found in our latest digital edition.
When the Morgan dollar was a half dollar
When George T. Morgan was hired from his career as an engraver in
Britain in 1876 to help the U.S. Mint redesign American silver
coinage, the silver dollar denomination had been eliminated. Upon
arrival, he began crafting various portraits of Liberty and
representations of eagles that would be familiar to any collector of
Morgan dollars today — except that they appeared on half dollar and
$10 eagle patterns.
Steve Roach examines how Morgan’s wonderful designs were born and
made the transition from the experimental phase on coins of several
denominations, to appearing on a resurrected silver dollar instead in 1878.
Die grease has to flow somewhere
“Most of the time, grease deposits leave affected design elements
with lowered relief, indistinct surface details, and mushy margins,”
writes Mike Diamond in his “Collectors’ Clearinghouse” column. “Heavy
deposits can completely prevent design elements from striking up.” The
flow of grease can also sometimes result in doubled design elements.
He adds, “A much more widespread form of grease-mediated design
distortion leaves affected design elements smeared, rather than
doubled.” The results are not your typical grease-filled die strikes.
Make your own paper money holders
Protecting coins, paper money and related objects in one’s
collection is an important part of a collector’s hobby. But what if
you have paper objects that are too large to house safely in
commercially available holders? Make your own, advises conservator
Susan L. Maltby in her “Protecting Money” column.
Maltby provides tips on using archival quality polyester film to
hand-craft custom-fit folders or holders for over-sized paper objects.
Creating these holders is easy, she writes, and using them can help
you preserve your collection’s contents.
Playing ‘whist’ with your early coins
Some collectors of early American coinage such as half cents, large
cents, and Bust half dollars like to vie for bragging rights by
playing a game — whist. Brad Karoleff explains in his “Designs of the
Times” column, whist “is a game played by collectors comparing coins
from their collections. ... You get a point for having a marriage and
another for having the best displayed, as voted by the attendees.”
He describes a recent whist match in which he participated, with
players using their Bust half dollar varieties in the game. Who won?
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