Thank you for the picture of the elongate, more because of what it isn't than what it is. My preconception was that it would be some startling early example of souvenir elongate, rather than just a plain old dime used to test out somebody's set of roller mills. The humble "squished" dime speaks to me.
I suspect that this happened thousands of times as the local jeweler or watchmaker needed some thin coin-silver stock, or the occasional curiosity. Without much else going for them, most made the melt pot years ago. I've seen many a "cull" bustie meet the scrap pile. Yours is a survivor.
As a part of my numismatic adventures I have placed great numbers of silver coin through rolling mills on way to becoming hand-hammered re-enactment coins. I've never had the opportunity or desire to run a dime of this vintage through a mill, but the difference between how this one flattened and retained detail compared to its modern counterparts is substantial. The modern pieces have no relief; the price of mass production.
Byron L. Reed
David Lange wrote:
David W. Lange