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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 4, January 22, 2006, Article 8

RESEARCHERS COMMENT ON 1894-S DIME

Nancy Oliver & Richard Kelly write: "After reading the
latest issue of the Esylum, we felt the urge to write and
explain an issue concerning the 1894-S dime.  We had an
article published in Coin World on February 5th of 2001
which displayed the same documents (San Francisco Mint
Telegrams Sent - ledger reprints) from the archives as Mr.
Flynn had in his article in Coin World in the January 16th,
2006 issue.  We too stated in our 2001 article that five
dimes were sent for assay, but after further investigation,
we know that to be incorrect.  After viewing the June 1894
Bullion Accounts ledger in San Bruno, CA, we were able to
determine that only 3 1894-S dimes were sent for assay.
One of the telegrams, dated June 25th, was a confirmation
of two having been sent on June 9th (noted in an earlier
telegram) for special assay. The June 25th telegram states
that Cashier Jesse S. Wall received $250.70 for the gold
and silver coinage that had been sent for special assay
for the month of June, 1894 (which included the two dimes
sent earlier). Thus, with one sent for regular annual assay
on June 28th, that makes three in all.  We have the bullion
accounts reprints to show that fact. We have also developed
a theory about the purpose behind the making of the dime
that we believe to be more plausible than any others we
have seen so far. We will be presenting it in our upcoming
book on John Daggett, Mint and Mining Superintendent and
former Lieutenant Governor of California."

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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