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Does Anybody Else Think This Morgan Dollar Was Hit By A Bullet?

 
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 Posted 08/07/2020  01:07 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add mostlysilver to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I've had this Morgan dollar for I don't know how long. It just seemed like an otherwise nice coin with an ugly dent in it, so I never really examined it before.

As you can see from the last photo, the dent is about 10 mm wide and 1.5 mm deep. Whatever struck the coin appears to have done so at an angle, and left a ring-shaped depression at the center of the dent. On the obverse, the dent has been worn down almost flush with the hair.

As someone who has been known to hit metal hard with a hammer and other steel tools, this looks to me like the result of one very hard blow by something soft enough not to smear the detail in the feathers. Sounds like lead to me.

I'm not a gun guy, and I'm really not familiar at all with turn of the century ammo.

Love to hear what everybody thinks.






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 Posted 08/07/2020  01:38 am  Show Profile   Check GrapeCollects's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add GrapeCollects to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Highly, highly doubt it. Even a .22 would leave a much larger dent. Coins are tough, and can stop bullets (under certain circumstances) but even small calibur rounds with low energy would do more. Plus, the impact is too perfectly shaped. If there was a bullet impact, the point of contact would more likely than not be less circular and more indented. More likely a failed counterstamping
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 Posted 08/07/2020  02:42 am  Show Profile   Check spruett001's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add spruett001 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It looks more like it was hammered with something.
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 Posted 08/07/2020  03:22 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Ty2020b to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Could have been a pellet gun. Know way to really ever know
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 Posted 08/07/2020  05:30 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Spence to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Th flat spot on the obv suggests that this coin was resting on something solid when the rev was impacted. That alone doesn't rule out a bullet, but think it does suggest a hammer.
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 Posted 08/07/2020  08:50 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'd guess a hammer as well.
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 Posted 08/07/2020  1:47 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add keith12 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Still trying to figure out what the 4th photo is?
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 Posted 08/07/2020  2:50 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
An overlay is blocking the light to show the depression.
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 Posted 08/07/2020  5:29 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Chase007 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
spence, nailed it.
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 Posted 08/07/2020  6:57 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add mostlysilver to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Ok, well maybe this was the silver dollar that Annie Oakley missed, she got mad and hit it with a hammer.

Can't really blame me for wishing this poor beat up coin had a more colorful past!
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 Posted 08/07/2020  7:15 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add mostlysilver to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
And yes, picture #4 shows a translucent plastic ruler laying across the center of the dent to show depth.
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 Posted 08/07/2020  8:42 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add USSID18 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

Quote:
Does Anybody Else Think This Morgan dollar Was Hit By A Bullet?


Not if it was a 45Cal.
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 Posted 08/07/2020  9:02 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add just carl to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Might have been a 300 Winchester Magnum from a bout 10 miles away.
Or a hammer
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 Posted 08/08/2020  4:54 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jaberwoke to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Probably a souvenir from one of Annie Oakley's shootin' exhibitions!
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A very small meteorite.....
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