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  1. Here's the PCGS Certification Verification Photo, which does a better job of depicting the strong obverse and reverse strike details of the subject coin.
  2. 1921 Peace Dollar - Glossy Luster, Strong Strike & Light Cameo Contrast Judging by the Glossy Mint Luster, Strong Strike and Light Cameo Contrast this coin was more than likely one of the Early Die State coins struck on Dec 28, 1921 (1st mintage day) using the higher (150 tons per sq in) pressure. (Reference the following excerpt from Roger Burdette's - A Guide Book of Peace Dollars). "Manufacturing standard silver dollars was hard on equipment and dies. The steel of the time could not tolerate much more than 150 tons per square inch of pressure and even that was far above the practical limit of about 120 tons. At available pressure, the relief of central obverse and central reverse were too great to allow full metal flow into the design. The centers of the portrait and eagle are the most common places of defective detail, but problems extended to lettering, rays and other details. When the first 1921 Peace Dollars were put into production, the engraver had pressure set well above normal in hopes of getting more detail. The designer was present on that day. But, as soon as striking began, so did the problems. The pressure was so high that steel dies failed catastrophically - they "exploded" rather than just cracking or collapsing. At the end of the day the engraver halted production, and after some tests the next day, resumed with reduced striking pressure - hence the poorly detailed coins common for 1921. Only the first day's production were minimally acceptable to the designer or engraver. The coins with very good central detail AND fully formed letters and rays are the best that were made. Some of the pieces described as "proofs" don't have any more detail than good circulation coins and were probably not made on a medal press. - as are all proof coins of that era."
  3. 1921 Peace Dollar - Glossy Luster, Strong Strike & Light Cameo Contrast Judging by the Glossy Mint Luster, Strong Strike and Light Cameo Contrast this coin was more than likely one of the Early Die State coins struck on Dec 28, 1921 (1st mintage day) using the higher (150 tons per sq in) pressure. (Reference the following excerpt from Roger Burdette's - A Guide Book of Peace Dollars). "Manufacturing standard silver dollars was hard on equipment and dies. The steel of the time could not tolerate much more than 150 tons per square inch of pressure and even that was far above the practical limit of about 120 tons. At available pressure, the relief of central obverse and central reverse were too great to allow full metal flow into the design. The centers of the portrait and eagle are the most common places of defective detail, but problems extended to lettering, rays and other details. When the first 1921 Peace Dollars were put into production, the engraver had pressure set well above normal in hopes of getting more detail. The designer was present on that day. But, as soon as striking began, so did the problems. The pressure was so high that steel dies failed catastrophically - they "exploded" rather than just cracking or collapsing. At the end of the day the engraver halted production, and after some tests the next day, resumed with reduced striking pressure - hence the poorly detailed coins common for 1921. Only the first day's production were minimally acceptable to the designer or engraver. The coins with very good central detail AND fully formed letters and rays are the best that were made. Some of the pieces described as "proofs" don't have any more detail than good circulation coins and were probably not made on a medal press. - as are all proof coins of that era."
  4. JimBucks, In reply to your above quoted question, yes PCGS will attribute the 1921 VAM-1H Peace Dollar variety as "VAM-1H Polishing Lines" on the slab insert if that service is requested (see link): 1921 Peace VAM-1H - PCGS Coin Facts Link
  5. 1878-CC NGC MS-64 Prooflike Morgan Dollar in Old NGC "Fat" Holder
  6. David, In reply to your above quoted question, I'm not aware of a specific registry set or other listed set consisting of all the 1921 Peace Dollar VAM and Die State varieties. However, I'm enjoying the challenge of hunting for them and assembling my own free-form collection of well-struck, satiny to glossy lustrous 1921 Peace Dollars.
  7. Roger, In reply to your above quoted post, the $20 Gold Saint Gaudens Double Eagle is my Favorite U.S. Coin that was placed in circulation. 1927 $20 Gold Saint Gaudens Double Eagle - PCGS MS-65
  8. Hi David, In reply to your above posted question, I'm collecting 1921 Peace Dollars by both VAM Variety and Die State, so I've accumulated a nice set of them. I'm going to eventually thin out the herd as I continue to upgrade coins.
  9. Thanks to everyone for your informative posts regarding the subject coin. I'm pleased to post the PCGS MS-62 grade in response to several requests. I purchased this example primarily because of the VAM-1H Variety, Strong Strike and Glossy Luster.
  10. Here's my most recent 1921 High Relief Peace Dollar purchase that I'm pleased to share with my fellow forum members. I'm looking forward to seeing your comments and observations about strike, variety and luster. 1921 High Relief Peace Dollar
  11. Here's a new 1921 High Relief Peace Dollar purchase that I'm pleased to share with my fellow forum members. I'm looking forward to seeing your comments and observations about strike, variety and luster. 1921 Peace Dollar - PCGS MS-62 (VAM-1H - Business Strike from Satin Proof Dies)
  12. I selected this coin based on the minimal contact marks for the grade, and watery deep mirrored fields (especially for Gold) while examining it during the pre-auction viewing. Both the preservation state and depth of mirrored fields compared favorably with two other higher grade PL's of the same date included in the same auction. Heritage's following auction description is accurate: "This radiant, sun-gold example is strongly prooflike and displays a razor-sharp strike. Minimal abrasions exist for the Select Uncirculated level, with only wispy field chatter that doesn't detract at all from the overall mirrored appeal." 1904 NGC-63 Prooflike - $20 Gold Liberty Double Eagle Thanks to Charmy (aka ThePennyLady) for taking the following iPhone photo of the subject coin that depicts the mirrored fields and cameo devices. The mirrored fields are not readily discernable from the following Heritage Auction photos. The following NGC Certification Verification Photos better depict the reflective prooflike fields of this coin than the above Heritage auction photos.
  13. Afterword: In reply to your above quoted question, the coin is blast white with a Glossy to almost Semi-Prooflike luster in the fields, and light Cameo Contrast with Frosty devices.. It possesses one of the best overall strikes of my 1921 Peace Dollar collection, and appears to be an early die state coin, perhaps struck during the first 2 days of mintage on either Dec 28 or 29. Judging from the strong strike, it may have one of the 1921 Peace Dollars minted using the 150 Ton striking pressure (Ref: Roger Burdette's A Guide Book of Peace Dollars and his post about the subject coin earlier in this thread.).
  14. Here's a 1921 Peace Dollar purchased in July 2015 that I'm pleased to share with my fellow forum members. I'm looking forward to seeing your thoughts, observations and comments about her. The top set of photos are those that I took of this thread's subject coin that accurately depict some of the reason's why I decided to purchase it. I'm pleased with how well they capture the strong striking details, glossy mint luster and high eye appeal of this interesting 1921 early die state (EDS) Peace Dollar. They're certainly a great improvement over the original seller's scanned images, and the NGC certification verification images also posted below. 1921 Peace Dollar - Glossy Luster & Strong Strike Here's a quick comparison of the three sets of images at approximately the same scale for comparison purposes: My Photos - Taken in Natural Diffused Sunlight Original Seller's - Scanned Images NGC Certification Verification - Photographic Images
  15. Here's a recent 1921 Peace Dollar purchase that I'm pleased to share with my fellow forum members. This particular coin was selected for it's Original Surfaces with Light Brown Toning. I'm looking forward to seeing your thoughts, observations and comments about her. 1921 Toned Peace Dollar