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1866-S No Motto coins: the latest research
California gold expert Dan Owens reveals the latest research on the
1866-S No Motto coinage, struck as the nation’s coinage transitioned
to designs bearing a new motto. At the San Francisco Mint, leftover
dies lacking “In God We Trust” were placed into service while
officials awaited the new dies from the Philadelphia Mint. Several
denominations, including the double eagle, were struck early in the year.
Owens writes that “the given estimated coinage for the 1866-S
Coronet, No Motto double eagle is 120,000 coins. However, based on
contemporary accounts, it appears that from 142,000 to 151,250 pieces
were actually struck.” The uncertainty involves a small number of
coins struck in mid-April; what version were they?
Millions of 1975 dimes were struck; only two are rare
This week’s “Readers Ask” column notes, “In 1975, the Bureau of the
Mint struck 585,673,900 Roosevelt dimes for circulation — 513,682,000
at the Philadelphia Mint and 71,991,900 at the San Francisco Assay
Office. By intent, none of those dimes has a Mint mark. …” All are
common and inexpensive; those pulled from circulation are worth face
value, nothing more.
However, two similar dimes — struck at the San Francisco Assay
Office with a Mint mark — are rare. The difference is that these two
pieces were found in Proof sets with Proof finishes. Only one of these
dimes has ever been sold at auction; it realized an astounding $349,600.
Collectors should not confuse these rare dimes with the similar
pieces they can find in circulation.
What did George Washington’s ledger reveal?
John Kraljevich Jr. writes about George Washington’s domestic
finances in his latest “Colonial America” column. As Washington left
Mount Vernon to take command of the American army in 1775, he turned
over responsibility for his domestic household to a cousin.
The cousin “immediately began recording the debits and credits of
Washington’s estate into a ledger in exacting detail. While many of
the entries are of numismatic interest, the most fascinating ones were
entered when Martha left to join George in Boston in November 1775.”
How many gold doubloons did Washington leave behind?
What lies hidden on the VAM-8 1884-S Morgan dollar?
The VAM-8 1884-S Morgan dollar was discovered in November 1998, when
collector Bill Van Note detected something barely visible in the
dentils below the date on the obverse. John Roberts, in his “About
VAMs” column, writes about the defining diagnostic of the variety
discovered by the collector.
“Like many of his finds, the variety features a misplaced date. The
upper portions of the digits 18 are seen protruding from the toothed
border directly under the date.” What is uncertain is why the digits
are there, and how they were punched into the die.
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