Overdate Dimes Considered 1823 Issues
By Alan Herbert
The mintage for
the 1823/22 dime is listed at 440,000 for both
overdates, but the mintage for 1822 is only
100,000. How can an
overdate have a larger
mintage than the total for the date?
The 1823/22 dimes are from different dies than
those used to strike the 1822 dimes, so there is
no connection between the two mintage figures.
They are considered to be 1823 coins, not 1822,
as the 1823 is on top of the 22. It's simply a
case of dies that were left over,
used in 1823. The same would be true of almost
any other overdate, as there are only rare
instances where a die was used to strike coins
repunched with a different date. Even
then the figures are separate.
I have a 1776 Continental silver dollar that is
a little worn, but it does not have the word
"copy" anywhere on the coin. I would like to
find out if it is authentic or a copy.
The odds are - despite the lack of "copy" - that
you have a facsimile rather than a genuine coin.
The 1975 Hobby Protection Act that specified
"copy" was not retroactive. If you submit the
coin to a grading service, you will find out.
whether the coin is genuine or a copy. If there
is a raised ridge of metal on the edge, then for
certain you have a cast copy.
How important is the amount of field that shows
inside the loops of the "S" mintmark on the 1981
proof coins in determining which type mintmark
The presence or absence of the field surface
inside the loops of the "S" has absolutely
nothing to do with which type of mintmark is
involved. This same mistake is common among
those attempting to identify the two varieties
of the 1970 cents. Whether or not the field
shows inside the loops of the S is due only to
whether the mintmark letter was lightly or
heavily punched into the die.
With all the interest in mintmarks sparked by
the 1990 no-S proof cent, I'm curious as to how
many different mintmarks were used on the Morgan
Leroy Van Allen, one of the top dollar experts,
lists five variations for the "CC," six for the
"S," four for the "O" and a normal and micro
"D." There are two different "S" mintmarks and
three for the "D" on Peace dollars. In several
instances, more than one was used in the same
Why is there so much stress on the large and
small mintmarks on the 1945-S dimes when there
are numerous other examples that are ignored?
The 1945-S dimes got all the publicity and the
glory, with the nicknamed "micro S" dime.
Collectors are human, and they head for the
brightest lights and the loudest noise. If the
other varieties had received the same amount of
publicity, at the time, they too would be sought
after, much like the nicknamed coins of today.
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