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2016 Mercury Dime Full Bands?

 
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 Posted 07/07/2020  8:57 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Ballyhoo to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
A few things crossed my mind when I bought the 2016 1/10 gold dime commemorative. First, when these were struck were the original galvanos used to make modern working dies for the issue? I would think so, but perhaps they still have and used originals stored in the mint cabinet. What ever the case may have been, the real question is whether or not full band strikes exist. Being a proof struck coin one would think they should be. Mine shows weak bands as do all that I've seen both in hand and in high resolution images.
Has any one else noticed this, or more importantly, know if they exist?
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 Posted 07/07/2020  9:07 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add hfjacinto to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I think the dies had to be made new for several reasons including the gold dime is slightly smaller, gold is softer and the wording is different. I don't believe full split bands were designed. I never understood the appeal of FSB. Either way I really like my 2016 gold dime no matter the bands.
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 Posted 07/07/2020  9:20 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Alpha2814 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
These are not proof strikes, and PCGS does not have any designated as FSB. Even the SP70s in their images aren't even close.

https://www.PCGS.com/coinfacts/coin...rsary/597222
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 Posted 07/07/2020  9:28 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add macmercury to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I wish the strike would be better to bring out the actual detail from the original, even better IF they make a high relief version.

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 Posted 07/07/2020  9:34 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add T-BOP to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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I don't believe full split bands were designed. I never understood the appeal of FSB.

Of cause they ( 90% Mercs ) were designed to show FSB ,but not often so. On a strong EDS they are usually evident . Also FSB can mean the value being increased by thousands of dollars over non SB's .
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 Posted 07/07/2020  9:35 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Alpha2814 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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...IF they make a high relief version
At the smaller size as this is, a high relief version would be impossibly thin to strike cleanly. It would have to be a larger piece, not unlike the palladium bullion (the obverse, anyway).
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 Posted 07/08/2020  11:39 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add GMS5 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I remember reading somewhere a few years ago that the full bands were purposely not done on the gold 1/10 ounce coins.
Now, I can't find the article. Sorry.
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 Posted 07/08/2020  7:22 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Ballyhoo to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks all. It's not that I'm disappointed or don't like my specimen, I simply find that strange. Especially as T-Bop mentioned, when early off the dies. There's not even a hint. It would be nice if just one turned up.
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 Posted 07/08/2020  8:03 pm  Show Profile   Check silverwolf's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add silverwolf to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
one could assume that the dies for these coins, were a completely new creation, nothing would have been borrowed from the old dies other than inspiration..
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 Posted 07/08/2020  9:22 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Earle42 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I remember when these were issued that collectors here and on other forums were saying they had expected FSB, but instead it appeared there was no attempt to make the dies with FSB. After looking at posted pics back in 2016, it was lack of a better detailed design on the bands plus the smaller size that made me have no interest in owning one.
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