eBay heads-up - possible ram strike?
- Mike et al,
This coin looks to me like a ram strike:
It looks suspiciously like the '28-S Merc ram strike you (Mike) had in
your Errorscope article - and it's from the same Mint.
(and former owner of said '28-S Merc)
- It sure looks like a ram strike. It certainly has all the diagnostic
features you'd expect to see:
1. A rounded shoulder on the face struck by the anvil die (obverse
2. Truncation of the lettering adjacent to the shoulder.
3. A high flange on the reverse opposite the shoulder.
4. At the pole opposite the shoulder the design elements hug the edge.
I will certainly be bidding if the price doesn't go too high. Thanks
for the alert.
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> Mike et al,in
> This coin looks to me like a ram strike:
> It looks suspiciously like the '28-S Merc ram strike you (Mike) had
> your Errorscope article - and it's from the same Mint.
> Sean Reynolds
> CONECA #N-2090
> (and former owner of said '28-S Merc)
- Well, I couldn't snag this one for $26, so I'm going to bow out of
this auction. Since it only grades Fine, I didn't want to spend too
much on it. If any ECIE member is going for it, best of luck to you.
- Another reason why I didn't bid higher is because I cannot assess the
edge of the coin. I like a fully developed ram strike -- one that
was forced completely into a fully deployed collar. Such ram strikes
have a narrow isthmus of reeding just above the middle of the
shoulder and two zones of full reeding on either side. Then the
reeding fades out toward the opposite pole.
Some ram strikes are not fully developed for any number of reasons.
Sometimes the collar collapses at the last possible moment, leaving
only a partial collar flanking the isthmus (this partial collar also
fades out toward the opposite pole). Sometimes you only get a strong
collar scar. Ram strikes exist as part of a continuum. They are the
next step up in severity from a cupped off-center strike with a deep
collar scar. They're one step less severe than an elliptical strike