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The Tarnished Truth
*** Vol II *** WinsNews *** Issue III ***

Welcome to the Tarnished Truth. YOUR newsletter. When standing at the hobbies ticket counter, unless you know for sure where you want to go, the choices are almost sufficating in there enormity.

Have an extra $3.75 and access to a time machine then check out Henry Chapmans ad from 1915 in the Hobby History column. Not only could you pick up the 1895 Proof Morgan for that price, you would get the whole proof set for that year.
Best
Ray D Larson



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Richard Robinson
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


A big gday from down-under to all WINS members

My wife Zelma and I live in Forest Hill a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. We have four adult children and three beautiful grand daughters.I work in the field of risk management (OHS, workplace injuries - claims management and rehabilitation).

I began my collecting interests as a boy with stamps and while I hoarded coins I did not take a real interest in them until around 1990 when I decided to turn my hoard into some semblance of a collection. At that time some early Ceylon coins took my attention and I turned my collecting energies to coins of this small British Colony and am now slowly building a collection up to the time Ceylon gained its independence and became Sri Lanka. I am also building a general collection of world coins with a preference for those minted before the second world war. Both these collections fit in with my love of reading and history.

Some of my favorite pieces in my collection are shown in the photo: the Edward VIII Fantasies for the simplicity of their design & The Maria Theresa Thaler for the fine detail and intricate design.




The Feature Coin

The Indian Heat Cent
This issue's featured coin is the Indian cent. Designed by James Longacre this .75 inch or 19.05 millimeter coin is a favorite of many a collector. The coins weight was 4.67 grams between the years 1859 and 1864 when its composition was 88% copper and 12% nickel, and the weight was 3.11 grams after the coins composition was changed in 1864 to 95% copper and 5% tin/zinc. The coins edge thickness was also dropped at this time from 2.20 millimeters to 2.0 millimeters.The mintage for the entire 51 years of minting was less than two billion. There were about one hundred thousand proofs minted over this same time period. This plain edged coin was produced entirely at the Philidelphia mint excepting the final two years of its life, 1908 and 1909 in which San Fancisco coins were also made. The 1909 S coin being it is one of the major keys to the set and therefore rather expensive, and the 1909 P being relatively inexpensive, this coin has been a favorite of coin doctors for years so much care should be taken when purchasing this S mint marked coin.


? ? ? Trivia Question ? ? ?

What is the "Paquet Reverse" ?
Answer at the bottom of this page.





o O o MINT WATCH o O o



The U. S. Mint

Want to know about medals made and sold by the U.S. mint? Try his page.


The Royal British Mint

This Royal Mint page will allow you to download screensavers and wallpaper for your computer, Just one of those freebees you can find on the internet.

The Austrian Mint

Here you can find all about the history of the famous Austria, Maria Theresa Taler probably the worlds first bullion coin, its home mint, although this famous coin has been known to be minted in mints all over the world. Makes it easier when you do not have to ever change the date on your coinage.

The Royal Canadian Mint

The Home of that other gold dollar, you know the one with a duck on it.

The Franklin Mint



If you like Egyption coins, with a great theme these are beautiful. The five coins are right at $200 however.



Hobby History
1915 Price List of Henry Chapman
Reprinted by permission from THE NUMISMATIST, official publication of the American Numismatic Association, 818 N. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80903-3279 (www.money.org).

United States Proof Sets
  • 1859....................................$5.00 ********** 1886........................................$3.00
  • 1860....................................$4.00 ********** 1887........................................$3.00
  • 1861....................................$6.00 ********** 1888........................................$3.00
  • 1862....................................$4.00 ********** 1889........................................$3.00
  • 1863....................................$5.00 ********** 1890........................................$2.75
  • 1864...................................$10.00 ********** 1891........................................$2.50
  • 1865....................................$7.00 ********** 1892........................................$2.50
  • 1866....................................$4.00 ********** 1893........................................$2.50
  • 1867....................................$5.00 ********** 1894........................................$2.50
  • 1868....................................$4.00 ********** 1895........................................$3.75
  • 1869....................................$5.00 ********** 1896........................................$2.50
  • 1870....................................$4.00 ********** 1897........................................$2.50
  • 1871....................................$5.00 ********** 1898........................................$3.00
  • 1872....................................$5.00 ********** 1899........................................$3.00
  • 1873... old type ....................$8.00 ********** 1900........................................$3.00
  • 1873....trade.........................$5.00 ********** 1901........................................$2.50
  • 1874....................................$3.50 ********** 1902........................................$2.50
  • 1875....................................$3.75 ********** 1903........................................$2.50
  • 1876....................................$2.75 ********** 1904........................................$3.50
  • 1877....................................$13.50 ********* 1905........................................$1.75
  • 1878....................................$8.00 ********** 1906........................................$1.75
  • 1879....................................$3.75 ********** 1907........................................$1.75.
  • 1880....................................$3.75 ********** 1908........................................$1.75
  • 1881....................................$4.00 ********** 1909........................................$1.75
  • 1882....................................$4.00 ********** 1912........................................$1.75
  • 1883....................................$4.00 ********** 1913........................................$1.75
  • 1884....................................$3.00 ********** 1914........................................$1.75
  • 1885....................................$3.00 ********** 1915........................................$1.75

    Also 1915 was the year of the first transcontinental telephone call, The British ship "Lusitania" was sank by a German submarine, and U.S troops landed in Haiti and it became a virtual U.S. protectorate. The U. S. population was between 91,641,195 ---- in 1910 ----- and 105,273,049 ------ in 1920.




    ? ? ? Trivia Answer ? ? ?

  • The answer is : The term refers to a design change in the 1861-S $20 gold coin. Comparing this piece with the initial release of this year show that the legends contain taller and bolder letters. This reverse gets its name from the designer, A.C. Paquet .




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