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Age Of The Ridiculously Large Mint Mark

Manifest_DestinyManifest_Destiny Posts: 3,041 ✭✭✭✭✭

The San Francisco liberty seated no motto quarters from 1855-1865 (none were issued in 1863) feature a mink mark disproportionately large compared to the font size of the legend. The no motto half dollar mint mark is also large. The 1859-s dollar is more proportional. I'm not sure if anyone has studied it, but I wonder if the same "S" punch was used for all three denominations.

Here's my run of quarters. Despite it's reputation (and price), the 60-s isn't nearly as rare as the 64-s, which I consider the rarest no motto S mint quarter. I have since replaced the 65-s with a better coin which I'm still waiting on from a recent sub.










There's also an interesting large S over small S variety in 1856. I'm not sure what punch the small S was used for, probably the quarter eagle or gold dollar.

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  • AUandAGAUandAG Posts: 24,489 ✭✭✭✭✭

    SF was obviously proud of their coins and the mint mark says so!

    bob :)
    vegas baby!

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  • Manifest_DestinyManifest_Destiny Posts: 3,041 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @rhedden Awesome!

  • OriginalDanOriginalDan Posts: 3,707 ✭✭✭✭✭

    This is a great idea for a thread. Love it.

  • johnny9434johnny9434 Posts: 27,323 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Crusty coin I like 👍

  • Manifest_DestinyManifest_Destiny Posts: 3,041 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Crepidodera Nice original coins! The 64-s is exceptional!

  • CrepidoderaCrepidodera Posts: 169 ✭✭✭✭

    Thanks Don. I agree with you about the 64-S quarter being the rarest of the group.

    Doug

  • OmegaraptorOmegaraptor Posts: 524 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Could you imagine how much these coins would be worth if the San Francisco Mint closed permanently in 1906 after the earthquake?

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  • SaorAlbaSaorAlba Posts: 7,459 ✭✭✭✭✭


    It was not just a large mintmark on silver coinage but also the gold coinage - this is from the first year of the San Francisco mint in 1854. In this instance the mintmark almost looks as though it is upside down. I personally like the big mintmarks, they are easy to see. On the other hand the SF mint was using micro-mintmarks later on and they are hard to discern.

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  • keyman64keyman64 Posts: 15,451 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I think I have seen larger mintmarks on Mercury Dimes than on some $20 Gold. It's weird to see such differences.

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  • scubafuelscubafuel Posts: 1,716 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Thanks guys for posting those great runs of quarters!

    None of mine have mint marks, since the branch mints didn’t exist yet.

  • Manifest_DestinyManifest_Destiny Posts: 3,041 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Just got this N30 as an upgrade for the P12 above. It should cross to P20-25.


  • BStrauss3BStrauss3 Posts: 3,036 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @AUandAG said:
    SF was obviously proud of their coins and the mint mark says so!

    bob :)
    vegas baby!

    Except weren't the mintmarks placed by the Philly die shop before the (unhardened) dies were sent out?

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  • AUandAGAUandAG Posts: 24,489 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @BStrauss3 said:

    @AUandAG said:
    SF was obviously proud of their coins and the mint mark says so!

    bob :)
    vegas baby!

    Except weren't the mintmarks placed by the Philly die shop before the (unhardened) dies were sent out?

    lol, forgot that!

    bob :)
    vegas, baby!

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  • rnkmyer1rnkmyer1 Posts: 317 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Love threads like this. I don’t collect these, so it’s a great learning experience. Thanks to all of you who posted!

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  • RobertScotLoverRobertScotLover Posts: 515 ✭✭✭✭

    Nothing got wasted back then

  • Cranium_Basher73Cranium_Basher73 Posts: 2,665 ✭✭✭✭✭

    My only S mint. For now.

    Throw a coin enough times, and suppose one day it lands on its edge.

  • LJenkins11LJenkins11 Posts: 710 ✭✭✭✭✭

    A few giant S to add to the mix.




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