The latest Coin World weekly issue, dated Nov. 27, 2017, is
out the door, and we present exclusive previews of a few articles, to
be found also in your latest digital edition of Coin World.
A reader’s antique store find something of a mystery
A reader found an unusual item in an antique store that no one quite
recognizes. As Paul Gilkes writes in “Readers Ask,” the collector
found a small package dating to about 1982 that illustrates the
conversion to a new composition for the Lincoln cent that year. The
item features an unplated zinc blank, a copper-plated zinc planchet,
and a 1982 Lincoln copper-plated zinc cent. The package was labeled as
being from Ball Metal & Chemical Division, the producer of the planchets.
Gilkes contacted several authorities, including Jarden Zinc
Products, which was spun out of Ball some years ago. A firm spokesman
said that no one at the company remembered the “fascinating” souvenir.
Listed in books, but they don’t actually exist
The VAM-4A die marriage of 1883-CC Morgan dollar is listed in
several standard references to Morgan dollar varieties. However, as
John Roberts writes in his “About VAMs” column, appearing exclusively
in the print and digital issues of Coin World, the marriage
really does not exist.
As researchers learn more about the series and study certain die
marriages more carefully, they have realized that certain marriages
have been misidentified. Roberts believes that the marriage listed as
VAM-4A is actually the VAM-8A marriage.
The source of a smear can be uncertain
Mike Diamond writes in his “Collectors’ Clearinghouse” column that
the cause for the smearing of design elements related to “an
off-center uniface strike” can be difficult to determine. Letters,
numbers and design elements like a portrait can all “smear” or become distorted.
Each piece has to be studied individually in an effort to determine
the precise cause of the smear. For some pieces, the uncertainty
“makes it impossible to arrive at a confident determination,” Diamond writes.
A collection that glows in the right light
“While recently working on some world notes, I rediscovered a
different way to collect paper money,” writes Wendell Wolka in
“Collecting Paper.” He explains, “One of the more recent innovations
of legitimate bank note printers is the use of fluorescent or
ultraviolet inks to print ‘secret’ and, to the naked eye, invisible
design features, as well as design elements that either ‘glow’ or
change color when exposed to ultraviolet light.”
To learn more about why a collection of notes with ink that glows is
worthy of a collector’s focus, be sure to read Wolka’s column in
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