June 2019 - Welcome



Reading List

Die Crack Fingerprints

VSS Submissions

We continue to build toward our next submission of 20 coins but we just are not there yet.  As we mentioned last month we have the coin we believe to be a VAM 47 for this next batch, so we are a little anxious to have confirmation of that find.


Die Study

The "O Set Left" study reached a point where we need input from Leroy and those coins have been shipped off to gain his insight.  When they return we will post come information to VAMworld and here.


VAM's 1H and 40

This is an issue that we believe only Leroy can give a definitive answer to in resolving whether or not doubled denticles exist on dies in a form not considered to be ejection issues.


We have four coins scheduled to go to Leroy from VSS submissions and we will be adding some examples of VAM's 1H and 40 to the mix to see if they need to be separated or combined.


That discussion is in last month's news letter and can be accessed from the link to May on the left hand column.


We often think everything that can be said about the history of silver as an intrinsic backing for currency has been said.  And then someone comes along with fresh explanations and insights that are worth reading.  This month we ran into The Story of Silver: How The White Metal Shaped America and the Modern World by William L. Silber.


In the book Mr. Siber adds some insights into the political workings behind the scene with the FDR era that we may have read in pieces elsewhere, but never with such clarity.  He covers late nineteenth and early twentieth century silver political maneuvering with needed clarity.


But the book has a much broader view of the American experience with silver starting with Alexander Hamilton and following the metal through Barak Obama.  Of particular interest to those of us over sixty is a sound discussion of the Hunt brothers, LBJ, and Warren Buffett's involvement with silver.


This one is easily read and well written.


We plan to get back on this issue with the return of the coins from Leroy, but quite frankly a little rest on that topic might help.  There is a lot more to study on the 1881-O and we also need to spend a little "clean up" time with the existing data to be sure it is carried through to all the VAM and Die pages on the web site.


The look at the "O Set Left" issues could change some of our opinions of the Die l usage and we are a little stuck until we get that one put to bed.


Summer Happenings

And then there is the annual visit from the grandchildren coming up in June and July.  VAM's are important, but not as important as quality time with them so news will be slow through early July.


We hope everyone has a good late spring and early summer.  Here in Georgia we are already seeing temperatures in the low 90's, but also excess rainfall.  So our little corner of America has now officially qualified as a rain forest.