Discussion in 'Error Coins' started by PassthePuck, Nov 23, 2021.
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with damage at that point.
A photo half-way between the full first rev. photo and the bottom two close-ups
might provide more visual info for us.
Or maybe it's not a mint mark at all (?)
Mint marks are not incuse
Should be able to identify it by die marriage and possibly by VAM with enough time and a magnifier and going theorugh the dates and mintmarks, but I'd probably start with P first. might just be odd damage and not a mintmark at all.
theres so much research on Morgan dollars at this point of die pairings and VAMS likely it should be able to be identified as to what it is that way, with enough time and effort.
From added mintmarks, to embossed mintmarks, to machining two coins together to create a magician coin version of an 1889CC with a 1889P obverse and a 1883CC or 84CC reverse, there's all kinds of monkey business with morgan dollars.
if you can't identify the dies, it's either a rare new discovery or it's altered/counterfeit.
Start with weight, inspect the edges for tampering with the reeding below where the "mint mark" is located, then try to identify the obverse or reverse and go from there until it's nailed down.
@cpm9ball's assessment. Just way too strange to have the mint mark with damage and none to the rest of the coin.
John, thank you for taking the time to respond in detail! I will definitely check out all the links that you have provided here. I want to also thank everyone that has responded and I hope everyone will have a wonderful holiday season! I collected a bunch of these 50 years ago when I started this hobby, but when I went into the military, my mother fell into hard times and she sold them all.
So I am starting over. Recently I have gotten interested in VAM’s and it really made me enjoy the complexities of this coin.
thanks everyone again!
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