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1891 New Orleans dimes - Mint Director's comments about first issue. 2 more pages added.

RogerBRogerB Posts: 8,852 ✭✭✭✭✭
edited November 4, 2017 10:08AM in U.S. Coin Forum

Mint Director Leech had these remarks about the first production of seated Liberty dimes at the New Orleans Mint since the Civil War.

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  • CoinosaurusCoinosaurus Posts: 9,614 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Was the writer unaware of the 1860-O dime??

    Gerry Fortin's comments on the 1891-O dime are appropos here:

    1891 New Orleans dimes have an uncommon occurrence of die cracks and severe die breakage while strike
    quality is consistently strong. No other date in the Seated Dime series shows a similar level of repeated die
    degradation and breakage.

  • RogerBRogerB Posts: 8,852 ✭✭✭✭✭

    The Director was likely referring to the time since 1879, when the N.O. Mint was reopened. There are several other letters to N.O. addressing the problem of dime quality although they focus on the rim and edge, not face designs.

  • ldhairldhair Posts: 7,119 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Fun letter. Thanks.

    Larry

  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Once again, an interesting bit of history...and I really enjoy the classic penmanship...Cheers, RickO

  • CryptoCrypto Posts: 3,381 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November 4, 2017 7:13AM

    @Coinosaurus said:
    Was the writer unaware of the 1860-O dime??

    Gerry Fortin's comments on the 1891-O dime are appropos here:

    1891 New Orleans dimes have an uncommon occurrence of die cracks and severe die breakage while strike
    quality is consistently strong. No other date in the Seated Dime series shows a similar level of repeated die
    degradation and breakage.

    Here is one with a scarce retained cud

  • RogerBRogerB Posts: 8,852 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November 4, 2017 10:13AM

    These are from the same volume and add to the 1891-O dime information posted earlier. The reason for producing dimes at New Orleans was a nationwide shortage of the denomination.

  • RogerBRogerB Posts: 8,852 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November 4, 2017 10:14AM

    When the next volume (Vol 062) is digitized, additional material about New Orleans Mint dime questions might become available.

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