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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 44, October 29, 2006, Article 22

SAN FRANCISCO MORGAN DOLLAR REVERSE DIE

One final mention for the Stack's Rarities sale: since we've recently
discussed surviving examples of U.S. Mint dies, it's interesting to
see that an original San Francisco Mint reverse die for a Morgan
silver dollar is available in the sale:

"The die is in excellent condition although has been cancelled with
a large "X" chisel mark at the center. The die surface has patches
of light verdigris and a few nicks and small marks, probably from
post minting handling. No die cracks or other identifying elements
readily present themselves so it is not known when this die was
used, but the "S" mintmark style is that of the 1880s or perhaps
the 1890s. No rim breaks are present in the denticles.

Cancelled dies are seldom offered or found from this period. Most
were apparently destroyed and never found their way into collectors'
hands. Most seen have similar cancelled chisel marks at the center,
and some have identifying numbers on their sides, but not the
present one."

To view the complete lot description and view an image of the die, see:
lot description

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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