I have a 1984 Olympic silver dollar with strong doubling of the date, design and mintmark. Is it a hub doubled die?
Many 1984 Olympic dollars were plagued with machine doubling damage caused by the die bouncing on the coin after the strike. A key to identification is that the incuse design is doubled in the opposite direction from the relief design. If the mintmark is doubled on these coins, then it cannot be hub doubling, since the mintmark was added to the completed die as the last step before it was hardened. A reader tells me that at least one dealer was offering $100 for these coins, but machine doubling damage is not a minting variety and actually reduces the collector value of the coin.
Are there any markers to distinguish the 1916 from the Type 1 1917 Standing Liberty quarter?
Thanks to Bill Fivaz I can tell you that there are several differences, primarily the shape of the lowest curl in Liberty?s gown (on the 1916 it is ?flatter? and goes to her ankle, while on the 1917 T-1 it curls upward toward the thigh). Also, Liberty?s big toe is larger and overlaps the pedestal upon which she is standing. The drapery near her outstretched hand is on top of the pedestal, while on the 1917 T-1 it hangs over the wall. On the 1916, the top of Liberty?s head goes up into the beaded inner circle at the top, while it is below that feature on the T-1.
Once more, was Sarah Longacre the model for her father?s coins?
More than once I?ve repeated the generally accepted view that this story, complete with Sarah donning the headdress of a visiting Indian chief, was a fabrication. Now there is some new, compelling evidence that the story may in fact be true. Dr. George R. Conger said in Longacre?s Ledger, the Flying Eagle and Indian Cent Collectors Society publication, that he has evidence that Sarah was born in 1828, not 1852 as was generally believed. This would have made her old enough to be the model for the Indian Head cent. It has been reported several times that Bill Brimelow, who did many radio programs on coins in the 1930s, quoted a direct descendant of Longacre?s that he knew who supported the story. However, this is a reversal of generally accepted information, including Longacre?s statement that he used a Greco-Roman statue of Venus, which is evident in the mature features of the coin design.