Creating a 1805 Dollar from a damaged 1800 Dollar!
Dan ( @dcarr ) recently overstruck my damaged 1800 Draped Bust Dollar with a 1805 fantasy date that doesn't exist. Since I had visited the Moonlight Mint this past weekend for the Knights of the Coin Table Minting Days, Dan was kind enough to hold the coin so I got to be present when it was struck. Being there for this was quite the treat!
For the 1805 dollar, you had to submit your own 1798 to 1803 Draped Bust Dollar. The dollars could be holed or unholed. If the coin was holed, Dan would plug the hole unless requested otherwise. I had decided to submit a damaged but unholed dollar since I believed the overstriking could mask many problems but not a plugged (or unplugged) hole. Dan indicated that most of the coins were holed and plugged, though one submitted chose to have his holed coin overstruck without plugging the hole. When a hole was plugged, some evidence of the hole could still be seen on the coin after overstriking.
Below are before, during and after photos of my coin. In the before photos, you can see that the coin was dull and scratched. The marks in the field before Lady Liberty's mouth and in the field around the date are especially evident. To prepare the coin for overstriking, Dan bead blasted the coin with tiny glass beads and then wire brushed the coin. Afterwards, the coin had a much more lustrous appearance with the 1800 date, other devices and the deep scratches in front of Lady Liberty's mouth still evident. Finally the coin was overstruck with the fantasy date to create the 1805 fantasy date coin. The original 1800 date can still be seen under the fantasy 1805 date as shown below. The resulting coin has a beautiful cartwheel luster.
I've added before, during and after photos of the coin along with a coin in the collar ready to be overstruck. The collar was smooth so as to preserve the edge lettering.
The end result was beautiful and I couldn't be happier. It was great to witness the conversion of a scratched and unloved coin into a high-grade, fantasy date rarity. Dan's mintage records indicated that only 33 were struck. It would be great to have a photo census of all the coins!