This afternoon I followed an interesting email exchange kicked off by a question from Dave Bowers.
Dave Bowers writes:
Where did this picture of an 1804 dollar come from? It illustrated a story by Stephen King in the latest issue of The New Yorker. It deals with a murder in a Dakota town in the late 19th century. A silver dollar was stolen, but there was no mention of the date on it.
Dave's son Wynn writes:
I vote for this one:
I think I see the same field shading and marks across the hair in line with the ribbon. The New Yorker photo cropped it.
To read the complete article, see:
1804 Class III Silver Dollar - The King of US Coins
My gosh, I think you are right!
Without the Internet this would have taken a long time!
Ken Bressett writes:
No question about this being the same piece that Wynn has spotted. I was just about to say it definitely is a Class III “restrike”, and most likely the Davis specimen. I believes this confirms it.
Joel Orosz writes:
I hereby nominate Wynn for the position of Official 1804 Dollar Photo Identifier--as soon as someone officially creates that position!
Give Google credit, too.
I dropped my cropped picture into Google Images and it recognized it as an 1804 dollar! Of course I already knew that, so that didn't actually help, but it was impressive anyway.
Then I asked Google for images of 1804 dollars and looked for the right fields.
Thanks, everyone. This was a fun diversion.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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