The latest Coin World issue, dated Aug. 14, 2017, has been
sent to the presses, and we have a quick preview of some Coin
World exclusives, to be found also in our latest digital edition.
The belle of Olympic gold: a modern masterpiece
Elizabeth Jones’ design for the obverse of the 1988 Olympic Games
gold $5 half eagle “continues to be lauded for its beauty,” writes
Scott Schechter in his “Making Moderns” column. Jones, chief engraver
of the U.S. Mint at the time, created a design that portrays Nike, the
goddess of victory.
While the design is considered a modern masterpiece by many, some
were critical of the program since the Olympic Games were not held in
the United States, and some objected to the pairing of the design with
a reverse by another artist in a modernistic style that clashed with
the classical obverse design.
A token made of hard rubber promoting pencils?
Tokens, like coins, can be made of many different substances, but a
piece featured in David T. Alexander’s “The Research Desk” is a real
oddity. It is made of hard rubber, a substance that once played a
broader role than it does now. “This era was a kind of golden age for
the American token, and hard rubber was used to produce quantities of
merchants’ tokens, political medals and badges,” Alexander writes.
The subject of the circa 1890 token is unusual as well. It was
issued by the American Pencil Co. and promotes a pair of patents for
that age-old writing instrument.
Eye-catching finds await roll searcher after exam
Bill O’Rourke’s eyes were still recovering from an eye exam and he
was wearing a cheap pair of dark glasses when he stepped into his
local bank where his regular teller awaited him. “From about 10 feet
away, she told me that she had something very special for me. As I
approached the counter, I took my silly looking glasses off and
noticed something in her coin tray.”
He adds, “Superbly gleaming at me from the half dollar section of
the tray, I immediately discerned that all of the coins were silver.”
Key-date Morgan dollar is a counterfeit
“The 1889-CC Morgan silver dollar is one of the key dates to the
series,” writes Michael Fahey in his “Detecting Counterfeits” column.
Therefore, it’s no surprise that counterfeits, like the one ANACS
recently examined, exist.
“The fake 1889-CC Morgan dollar shown here is a bit more deceptive
than what we usually see. The weight, diameter, thickness and metal
composition are all accurate, and while the finer details of the
design are a bit weak and ragged, this feature can only be seen under
good lighting with a quality magnifier,” he writes.
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