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 Posted 03/13/2018  10:41 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add jpsned to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Just pondering how certain coins became known by their current nicknames. For example, the Liberty Head design dimes, quarters and halves minted from 1892 to 1916 (1915 for the halves) at some point began to be called "Barbers." And the Liberty Head dime minted from 1916 to 1945 was given the nickname "Mercury." And the Liberty Head dollar minted from 1878 to 1921 at some point got stuck with the appellation "Morgan."

It's curious how these coins how these coin designs deviated from their official designations and acquired their designer's names, or other nicknames. It'd be interesting to know at what point it happened and how. Did the mint fashion the names or was it collectors? Or someone else? (To make matters even more odd, I have an old Whitman Barber dime folder with the title "Liberty Head, Barber, or Morgan" dime. So at one point the Barber dime was also called Morgan. Go figgah!)
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 Posted 03/13/2018  11:02 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add just carl to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
People are just people. Look at all the names people use on this web site. Why jpsned? Why don't people use names like Joe, Mary, or Pete? Why do people say LOL instead of lots of laughs? It's because people are people.
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 Posted 03/13/2018  11:03 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
One thing I have noticed is that at some point Turban Head became Capped Bust.
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 Posted 03/13/2018  11:47 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add moxking to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The historical evidence for name assignment and variations are reviewed in most books on type coins. They may not pinpoint specific dates for those linguistic changes, but they often give reasons for those changes.

The examples you've listed are but a small sample of those transformations.

Some names, such as fish scales for Three Cent silver, or V nickel for the more commonly referred to Liberty nickel, have more of a Nick name.

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 Posted 03/13/2018  11:54 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jpsned to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
moxking, are there any citations like the ones you mentioned (in type coin books) on the Internet?
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 Posted 03/13/2018  11:56 am  Show Profile   Check TNG's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add TNG to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
As kids, we used to get excited about finding a "Wheatie" or a "Merc" The little kid in us like nicknames.
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 Posted 03/13/2018  12:05 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add T-BOP to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I Sometimes call Franklin halves '' Frankies "". Most of us call Walking Liberty halves '' Walkers ''. Eisenhower dollars ''IKES '' . And so on, and so on ; why ? Because we are Coin Collectors a hobby that most people don't understand .
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 Posted 03/13/2018  2:08 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add moxking to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I have three books especially for type coins, and all have some historical basis for when, where, and why certain denominations and types are as they are. I've never seen that info on the net. Maybe a key word search?

Other books about a specific denomination, such as Overton and Penny Whimsy give tons (at least pounds) of more specific information.

Perhaps your goals in researching this subject might gain further references of interest.

ANA members have Monstrous amounts of on-line info.
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 Posted 03/13/2018  7:10 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jpsned to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Actually, I looked up Mercury dimes on Wikipedia, and they have a nice summary of how the name came to be.
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America's British Heritage may have something to do with it. Nick-naming-est people on the planet!
PCGS submissions 2005-2018. Mailings(21) Orders(43) / 249 coin attempts. 12 Fails(5%) / Member vouchers(19%) Economy(62%) Regular(13%) Free(3%) Express(3%) / Barber 50c (46%) Classic Commemorative (38%) Hawaii(3%) SCD (6%) Other(3%)/ Fails: Cleaned(2) Alt surfaces(1) Scratch(1) Damage(1) "86"(3) 2 Columbian & 1 BTW; Min Grade(2) DNC(2)-Same coin NGC XF40 Barber 50c. Express fees paid by seller (cross guarantee). Kept the coin & later submitted raw: PCGS XF40 [eyeroll] Fails: Econ(8) Regular(2) Express(2)/// Other TPGs: ICG (2011-2018): 35/35 NGC: 0 ANACS: 0
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