Spectacular San Francisco Mint Errors
Regarding the two-tailed quarter discussed last week,
Max Hensley writes:
I'm not clear how one can tell the coin was minted in San Francisco.
If it was, I can tell you there was monkey business going on at that mint in the 70s. While living in the city I used to go to the Butterfield's auctions of abandoned bank box contents. One lot, around 1995 I recall, was a big bag of the most unbelievable mint errors imaginable - many S mint proofs double struck, off center etc. - all S mint and dated from the same period in the 70s. Clearly someone had been taking things out of the mint and squirreling them away in a bank box, which for obvious reasons was abandoned eventually. I didn't bid on the lot since I thought it would be expensive and invite government inquiry. I don't know whether it sold or what it sold for. But I can tell you that was the most unbelievable hoard of US mint errors ever.
Coincidentally, Coin World published an article by Paul Gilkes on October 6, 2017 about two unusual off-metal strikes from San Francisco in the early 1970s.
Two Proof error coins that were struck at the San Francisco Mint in the early 1970s and are composed of aluminum were apparently intentionally struck over struck aluminum Shell Coin Game tokens, according to error coin specialist Jon Sullivan of Sullivan Numismatics in Charleston, South Carolina.
To read the complete article, see:
Proof Kennedy half dollar, Eisenhower dollar struck over aluminum Shell tokens
To read earlier E-Sylum articles, see:
TWO-TAILED WASHINGTON QUARTER AUTHENTICATED
MORE ON 1970-S MINT "ERRORS"
U.S. Coins in European Museums
This got lost in my inbox, but after the September 24th issue
Alan V. Weinberg sent this note. He writes:
I distinctly recall touring Europe in 1966 and visiting many museum numismatic collections. The East Berlin museum had a GOLD George Washington Manly original medal on exhibit. The national Copenhagen Museum had a centuries old numismatic collection which included a Gem Unc Noe 1 Oak Tree shilling fully round, a Gem Proof early 1820s quarter, a fully Unc 1795 dollar, etc all of which I held in my hand and had really old pedigrees. That was the summer I discovered the extremely
lax security and extensive switching of Sir Joseph Banks Family American rarities like a Gem Unc 1792 half disme donated in 1800 according to its round paper ticket. Still, curiously, they still had two Higley Axes on top of each other and two uncirculated George Clinton cents on top of each other so one can presume the thieves didn't know colonial rarities.
Presumably security is much improved today, but it's a shame that a number of pieces have been lost over the years.
Silver Wedding Anniversary Dollar Tree
Regarding "25 Silver Dollars for 25 Years of Marriage"
Bern Nagengast writes:
My dad was a retail florist in Albany New York and before the great silver dollar run in the mid-1960's he used to get orders for silver dollar trees to be used as gifts for silver wedding anniversaries. He would get 25 silver dollars from a local bank, mount a driftwood tree on a wooden base, carefully wrap each dollar in a small plastic bag and hang the dollars using green floral wire from the tree branches. He made a number of these silver dollar trees in the early 1960's.
Interesting. I've never seen one of these, but I'm sure they were quite ephemeral. Perhaps a photo of one will show up somewhere. Thanks again to Tony Terranova for starting the topic.
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
NOTES FROM E-SYLUM READERS: OCTOBER 1, 2017 : 25 Silver Dollars for 25 Years of Marriage
Wayne Homren, Editor
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