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- This Week's Letters (05/28/13) Our great U.S. Mint has done it again. When I received my three proof sets from the mint I noticed that on the side cover it had 2012 proof set printed. It did have the correct 2013 on the face of the box. Does the Mint have any kind of quality control?
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Section 10 of the Mint Act of April 2, 1792, says, “… with this inscription, ‘UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,’ …” Once this tradition was established, nobody saw any need to change it. Particularly in the early days when dies were hand-made, they economized in every possible way, so perhaps this was another reason for not adding the extra three letters. Continue reading
Is there any way of telling a worn, dateless 1916 quarter from a 1917? Continue reading
The coins have a beveled edge rather than the square-cornered edge with wire rim found on other gold coins. The difference is due only to the different shape of the die surface. “Rolled” is a misnomer. Continue reading
It’s a bit difficult to associate the term “rare” with a coin that had a mintage of more than 3 million at each of three mints. The proof mintage is more than 4 million, so any way you look at it the coin is not rare, even if it may be hard to find. Continue reading
To save a lot of time, do you happen to have the total value for all of the coins struck at Carson City? Continue reading
It may surprise you, but the next longevity records are held by gold coins. A second place tie goes to the Coronet eagle, struck from 1838 to 1907, and the Coronet half eagle, struck from 1839 to 1908 (69 years). Continue reading
A confusing problem: Some sources list the 1827 quarters as regular issues, some as proofs, including the one sold in the Garrett sale. Please clear this up. Continue reading
As nearly as I can find, the last Buffalo nickels were struck at Denver in early 1938, legally completing the 25-year requirement. Schlag’s design for the Jefferson nickel was not accepted until late July, so production would not have started until later in the year, meaning the two did not overlap. Philadelphia switched to the new Jefferson design, proofs and circulation strikes in 1938; Denver switched later in the year. Continue reading
The U.S. Mint began withdrawal in 1945, and in 20 years retrieved 163 million, or about 14.9 percent of the steel cents in circulation. Some 900,000,000 are still out there. Apparently they were turned over to private smelters to be melted down. Continue reading
From 1965 to 1967 it was illegal to melt any of the 90 percent silver coins but the lawmakers ignored the war nickels, apparently assuming that their 35 percent silver wasn’t worth bothering with. The smelters took advantage of this loophole and melted millions of them, right along with a lot of 90 percent silver that was claimed to be from Canadian coins. Continue reading