Dave Lange writes: "To me this description seems to fit the test marks frequently seen on old silver coins up through the Seated Liberty period. These depressions were supposedly made deliberately in a test of the coins' hardness on the theory that a base-metal counterfeit would be much softer than a genuine coin of alloyed silver. I've seen them on other dates of early dollars and halves, though rarely on the smaller silver."
Coin image from CoinFacts.com; to read the CoinFacts page on the 1794 dollar, see: Flowing Hair Silver Dollars
To read the original E-Sylum article, see: JUST WHAT ARE THOSE OBVERSE MARKS ON A FEW 1794 DOLLARS?
Wayne Homren, Editor
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