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  1. Wilkins was the personal secretary (and confidant) of Mint Director Ross. She had been with Ross during her governorship and stayed at the Mint bureau until 1949 (if I recall correctly). Her correspondence is filled with insider information and copies of materials that shed considerable light on how and why some things were done.
  2. The following letter will be of interest to collectors of medals as well as general die cutting techniques in the 1930-40s. This and many other interesting materials about the US Mints will be included in a book I an working on for publication sometime before the end of the year. U.S. Mint, Philadelphia September 7, 1943 Dear Mrs. Wilkins: Thank you very much for the many kind things you said about my little medallions. Each one of these pieces was produced by an individual treatment. Let us take the Anna May Wong; in this case I made a 12-inch model from life in two, one-hour sittings; from this model a negative and positive plaster casting was made, from which a copper Galvano was made, and this acted as a guide to reproduce on the Engraving machine for the die. Now the Lincoln was carved in relief in steel, called a hub, and this entire steel hub was carved with a flexible arm, same as you Dentist uses for filling teeth, no graver used, only on the lettering. From this hub my die was sunk and the medals struck. The Audubon Turkey is a direct carving in negative or steel die, there the process is the ancient method, using chisel and hammer to get the rough cut in relief, or really intaglio, the finish is produced by using many sizes of gravers, and special punches for the feathers, etc. My many years of training in sculpture and in Die Engraving makes it possible to produce any desired effect, and I hope someday you will grant me the priviledge [sic] to add your likeness to my large collection of famous people. In 1932 I had the pleasure of modeling from life 12 movie stars, and that was an experience which taught me many things. As time goes on I shall add some other work to your collection. With kindest regards. /s/ Adam Pietz [_Wyoming State Archives_, 1-1-8 1-1 Edna Kimball Wilkins papers, box 9, Medals 1942-1946.]
  3. gtw-123: Very little of good quality is actually on the internet in numismatics. Much of the material older than 25-30 years is obsolete or simply wrong. As to size - "bigger the better." What about a double elephant folio?
  4. What book dimensions do members prefer in a soft or hard cover book? Here are three common sizes shown to relative scale. These books will be in color with numerous illustrations and source notes – all of which become smaller as the book’s height and width shrink.
  5. Please ask questions here rather than in a PM. That way everyone can benefit from the conversation. Thanks!
  6. PRESS/MEDIA RELEASE Seneca Mill Press LLC has released the latest numismatic research book by Roger W. Burdette: Private Pattern and Related Pieces: International Nickel & Gould Incorporated. This full color volume contains in-depth research on all known varieties of private pattern piece made by International Nickel Corp. (Inco) and Gould, Inc. The private patterns are placed within their historical context and the commercial goals of both companies. Inco, by addressing the replacement of silver coinage in the United States from 1964-65, sought to increase the amount of nickel used in our coinage. Gould, Inc. proposed changing to powdered metal technology in 1976-78 and advocated use of compressed and sintered titanium in small size dollar coins. Although neither company was successful, they left a fascinating legacy of design, alloy and layered composition test pieces similar in size to standard U.S. coins. Numismatist Tom Delorey was the first to write about Inco private pattern pieces in 1981. Former Inco employee Kenn Henderson followed with several articles in 1985 – more than 30 years ago. Andrew Pollock followed with updated and numbered varieties in his 1994 book United States Patterns and Related Issues. Pollock also added private patterns made in 1976-78 by Gould, Inc. for a proposed small-size dollar coin. This new volume fills in numerous omissions and discrepancies in the original Pollock publication, and greatly expands the variety listings. Extensive concordance tables cross reference Pollock variety numbers with new, more extensive RB numbers. The new variety numbering also has wide intervals between items so that new discoveries may be added without disturbing the existing sequence. This will aid in establishing the correct variety description, while facilitating improved variety identification. Mr. Burdette's careful documentation, thorough investigation and factual reporting are as educational as they are professional. Readers will understand the importance of the subject, and be afforded a comprehensive reference guide to Inco and Gould patterns previously non-existent. This is the definitive work that supplants and incorporates all earlier efforts. The images are crisp and clear, the charts easy to navigate and the detailed, clearly understandable scientific explanations of material processes will leave the reader with a profound knowledge and few unanswered questions, if any. Private Pattern and Related Pieces: International Nickel & Gould Incorporated is available from Wizard Coin Supply (www.wizardcoinsupply.com/‎). Cover price for the 8-1/2x11-inch, color book is $29.95. Books are expected to be available for shipment near the end of next week. Autographed copies will be available - there is no extra charge.
  7. The new research book Private Pattern and Related Pieces: International Nickel & Gould Incorporated should be available late next week. A few early copies have been received and these will be distributed to the major Authentication and Coin Grading companies beginning May 3 (Friday). The book includes detailed physical and composition measurements, plus color photos for nearly all known varieties of Inco and Gould private pattern pieces. There are nearly 100 new varieties identified and illustrated including pieces in molybdenum, niobium, aluminum and pure silver. Comprehensive concordance tables reference the varieties to older Pollock numbers, where possible; and a new numbering system allows for future expansion. This book will greatly assist authentication and attribution by collectors and professional authenticators, resulting in improved accuracy of identification and labeling.
  8. Have the coins worth a premium authenticated and "graded" if you plan to sell them. Keep the others and wait for a spike in silver bullion to sell; or sell through a local ad direct to buyers. 1,500 is not a large quantity to sell, assuming they are typical uncirculated. If they are baggy, then don't expect much above melt, but if nice MS64 or better pieces, you could find considerable interest. If you are not sure about the condition, find a local coin club and ask members' opinions.
  9. More than 60 million people seem to disagree with the OP's title. Maybe a little more tolerance and objectivity would help.
  10. This design was a stock composition used on several WM company products. I'm trying to locate the name of the designer on the obverse.
  11. This is a stock silver bar design from Washington Mint in the 1970s. Does anyone know who the designer was? Thanks!
  12. The article you quote is warmed over bologna. No branch mint had a medal press, and that type was used to make legitimate proof coins. When a writer says something like "lesser quality" what they mean is that it's shiny but not really a proof because it fails to meet the basic criteria for a real proof coin. The coin in the first post is just a polished, possibly plated, novelty - likely used in a belt buckle or some other tourist bait junk. It might not even be a silver dollar -- the "O" mintmark looks very odd. Buy a copy of the Guide Book of United States Coins and start reading. After a while, you will have learned enough to better understand articles and then begin some meaningful research.
  13. Long ago I used new silver dollars as targets for rifle practice. Worked well and the damaged coins could be exchanged at the local bank.
  14. Check the VAM World site for photos and descriptions.