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  1. RE: "If I found this cent, I would submit it for grading".😎 He's clearly being sarcastic. Do not sent your 1958 cent for authentication or anything else. You will be wasting you money!
  2. Quintus - Can you explain how the previous December's blizzard influenced Chapman's letter? (S.H. Chapman seems to have done most of the letter writing.)
  3. I guess there aren't many of us left who knew S.H. Chapman....
  4. Not a doubled die - just a common coin in circulated condition. Value = 2-cents in metal. Here's the real (rare) thing from Stacks-Bowers Auctions:
  5. Don't you mean 1876-CC not S? Your pictured coin has minor mechanical doubling, and is an ordinary cleaned EF Trade dollar. Here's a detail photo of the doubled die CC variety from PCGS database.
  6. Can't tell from the photos. Off-hand the guess would be "neither." You'd be wasting money to change the color of the holder.
  7. Excellent. The standard for a very long time to come.
  8. Years ago I bought one of those "unsearched" bags. Mostly 1947s. They were big in the 1960s - cents and nickels being the most popular. Many supposedly from vending machine companies which was somehow supposed to ensure a more interesting mix than rolls from you local bank.
  9. MCMVII is only one variety. The fin and normal rim are upsetting and collar production issues, not die or design varieties. If mint director Leach had his way, all the fin coins would have been destroyed as defective.
  10. No circulating silver coin was ever marked ".999."
  11. Specification will be found here - about half-way down the page. Search: "Sacagawea Golden Dollar Coin"
  12. Nice wheat cents. Always fun to find them in a roll or in change.
  13. I came across a somewhat similar letter to a German dealer in which Chapman complained of the coins not matching descriptions. The amount of correspondence over just a few months is staggering - and Chapman business records have only about 1/2-of the letters - i.e., incoming letters were no copied. The originals are in ANS in New York, and PDF copies are available on NNP - free to all!
  14. Marks in the red oval were made by the now-extinct "French Camembert Beetle." Note the characteristic fleur-de-lis bite mark made by the beetle as it chews silver. Pink oval - the Australian crawling silver fish. The line is its trail of acid that dissolves metal as it munches. Blue oval - made by a miniature "Grisly Grabber" used in a larger version by loggers to grab and hold entire trees prior to cutting for truck bed length. Often used in coin manipulation machines. Green oval - deposition and erosion across the coin caused by having a window open in the Coining Room. On a larger scale it looks like this (very difficult to slab):
  15. I've found that German and German State coins have more Marks than any others.
  16. I just checked my latter in the garage. It says it has been a good step latter and has a good reputation - in fact, it said it was recently up for "Ladder-Date Sainthood" for supporting the removal of Leaves of Grass from the house gutters. Just a bit of humor at Quintus "Hot Arrius'" extended literary style. No offense.
  17. I looked but all I could see where little yellow people with funny hair. did I have the right "Simpson" ?
  18. Chapman referred to everyone as "Esquire" (except the ladies), and his letters always end with the semi-formal "Very Respectfully" or "Yours Truly." This included letters where he called the recipient a lying SOB of simian parentage, etc.
  19. Thank you, Mark! PS: I fixed typos in the original, above.
  20. Yep, kbbpll pretty much said it. All US coins had their mintmarks applied at the Philadelphia Mint. That is where all dies were made and all mintmarks were punched into working dies. (About 25 years ago the Denver Mint was allowed to open its own die shop, so they now make all their "D" dies, and Philadelphia makes the P, S and W dies.) There is no documentation about details of overstriking mintmarks, but the general process is well known. The Engraving Department prepared a batch of dies and took all of them through manufacture up to final hardening and tempering. At this point, some were completed for use a Philadelphia - no mintmark - and others were reserved unhardened until an order came for dies for one of the other mints. At that point, a diesinker or assistant selected a letter punch for the specified mint, punched in the mintmark and the die was hardened. In some instances, the assistant evidently make a single light punch to visually check location and alignment, and then made a second blow to finish the work. Occasionally, he discovered the wrong letter punch was used, or maybe he had selected the wrong letter size. Rather than waste the die (each die cost about $25), he simply used a stronger blow to set the correct letter. The OP can quote this ATS if desired, although a tiny credit line would be appreciated.
  21. Writer says in original condition and original case. Case would likely be similar to that used for 1868 aluminum sets - purple velvet.