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1823/22 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, repunched and 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 and then 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 they are?

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 dollars.

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 year.

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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