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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 6, February 5, 2006, Article 6

1894-S DIME ASSAY COUNT ISSUE SETTLED

In recent issues we published information regarding the 1894-S
dime from Kevin Flynn and Nancy Oliver & Richard Kelly, who had
independently researched and written about the coins.  Thanks
to the exchange in The E-Sylum, your editor was able to put the
parties in touch, and as a result one aspect of these discussion
now seems to be settled.

Kevin Flynn writes: "My article was published on the 1894-S dime
in the January 16th, 2006 issue of Coin World.  I stated that
there were five 1894-S dimes which were sent for assay:  two on
June 9th, 1894 as part of a special assay,  two collected from
the Cashier on June 25th, 1895 as part of the monthly assay, and
one on June 28th, 1894 as part of the annual assay submitted on
a quarterly basis."

Nancy Oliver & Richard Kelly offered "... to send along a copy
of one page of the Journals of Bullion, Auxillary on Monthly
Dispersing Accounts 1888-1894....which we copied from the National
Archives in San Bruno.  It shows a monthly summary of the June
totals for silver coins for assay."

In a note to purchasers of his new book on the 1894-S Dime, Kevin
Flynn noted that although both parties had originally come to the
same conclusion about five 1894-S dimes being assayed, the archive
record subsequently found by Nancy & Richard "clearly shows that
only 3 were assayed."

He added "I learned this after the books were printed.  I decided
the best way to present these findings and update the book was to
add a two page addendum as an insert page which went with the book."

[For more information on ordering the book, contact Kevin directly
at kevinj50@comcast.net.   I'm glad we were able to play a small
role in sorting out this issue.  I commend all involved for their
willingness to share information and be guided by the facts of the
case, and especially thank Kevin for his willingness to take on
the added expense of updating his book.  -Editor]

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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