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1899 O Morgan Dollar, Die Cracks.  

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 Posted 03/09/2012  10:50 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add RJrelics to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Was going through some of my Morgans the other day and this coin struck me as somewhat odd. Die cracks run across 65 percent of the lettering on the back. Has anyone ever seen one like this before? Sorry for the image quality, need a new camera with better macro ability. Thanks for looking.

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 Posted 03/09/2012  12:21 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add SsuperDdave to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It's actually relatively common with Morgans. 1899-O is, in my experience, one of the issues which is most easily found with extensive die cracking.
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Thanks for the clarification Superdave, I'm somewhat of a novice when it comes to Vams. I'm guessing the New Orleans die cracking problem must be related to the soft strike issue on the New Orleans mint coins? Thanks again.
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It's just my opinion that the cracking of dies was from a combination of factors.

1st not properly hardened dies where the other shell of the die was hardened but failed to have areas inside receive the same treatment.

2nd Over worked dies where they where used for longer periods between servicing.

3rd improperly prepared planchets. Ones that where not annealed correctly and where harder then normal. That would explain why some coins seem to have weak strikes as well. Anyway harder base metal in a planchet will ware a die faster and cause more stress.

That's just my opinion, so its you think there are other reasons feel free to add them to my list.
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