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19 Dec 2016

Coin questions

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A few unanswered coin questions...
1. Mintage figures of 1792 coins?
2. Exactly what are the Strawberry Leaf, Jefferson Head, Starred reverse, large cents? Who devised these, and why?
3. Why was the 1868 large cent "pattern" struck?
4. What happened to the 1873-CC dime? All melted but one?
5. Why were only 24 1894-S dimes minted, and in proof?
6. What happened to the no arrows half dollars, 1853-O and 1873-S? All melted?
7. Were all of the 1873-S Seated dollars destroyed? This is the coin I write about in "Wild World." If one ever turned up, I'd be delighted!



Level 5

Interesting questions one and all. It looks like you got some of the information. Much research will be needed.

Conan Barbarian

Level 5

for question 5 you should watch this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eI0ZYnPTI4Q it goes through the history in less than 3 minutes thanks for sharing learned a lot


Level 5

1. The only actual federal coinage of that year was the Half Disme, and I don't know much about them. 2. The Strawberry Leaf, Jefferson Head, Starred Reverse and Stemless Wreath Large Cents are varieties from a new die with slightly (or major, with the Jefferson Head) different details, causing different minor variations on coins of the same year. 3. Nobody knows why the 1868 Large Cent was struck. 4. It is thought that 12,399 1873-CC No Arrows dimes were melted, leaving a Unique coin that escaped destruction. 5. Correct me if I am wrong, but I think these 24 coins were struck for some special reason, not for circulation. Nine of them are known today. 6. 1853-O: 4 are known, in grades VF-35, VG-8, G-6, and a another coin around VG. 1873-S: None are known, all were most likely melted. 7. It is thought that all were melted. 8. Thanks for asking these questions! I've been educated just as much as I hope you will be with these answers!


Level 6

Thanks for your response. There's a lot to learn. I hear the 1894-S dimes were struck to "balance the books," but why proof?

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