Sunday, May 24, 2015

JR Newsletter: 24 May 2015 (242)

We have three contributions this week, including a new article from David Finkelstein.  First, something from Winston Zack.

Winston wrote:

Thank you, James Higby, for your response on an earlier reference to the term 'Office Boy'. In general, it seems to be a reference to numerous blunders on dies, but not necessarily to an actual 'Mint apprentice'. If anyone has a reference to a possible 'Mint apprentice' in 1794 (for Large Cents), and in 1820 (for Bust Dimes), I would like to know that information as well.

This brings me to a second question about the early U.S. mint and its technology (~1792-1837):

Do we know how devices were impressed into dies (excuse my terminology if it is inaccurate)? Specifically, was there a device/machine which applied the pressure necessary to press the design detail (i.e. star, number, etc.) into dies? If there was such a machine, do we know what it looked like/what it probably looked like? And if so, can you provide an image of such the machine?

Thank you very much in advance...


Bob Feldman wrote:

I just wanted to let everyone know I have just completed my 123 Capped Bust Dime variety set!  I will be submitting my set for the next dime census.  The set will be around fine 12 or 15 grade average.  I bought coin 1 on March 2, 2011 on Ebay.  I bought coin 123 on 5-14-2015 from a fellow JRCS member.  So this set took me four years 2 1/2 months to assemble.  Every dime in my set now I found on Ebay except the last coin to finish my set I bought from a fellow member, the 1829 curl base 2 dime, or JR10.  Coin 123, PCGS G4.

Finally, David Finkelstein wrote and contributed an original work, "The Workflow Of The First United States Mint – Part 1." David's article is here: