Posted 4 years ago
Hi. I´m so curious and exited about my 1922-S Peace Dollar. Hope you can help me to solve some information.
Looking to my coin, it do does´t seems to be circulated. It looks great but some scratches. The sun rays are very fine to me, but slimmer than all the bunch of other Peaces I have seen, and this is very important. They are not wear to me, even shortened. If they were not well shaped, sure should be shortened, but is not the case. Looks like they were slim since struck.
The couple of feathers in the end of the left wing of the eagle, are the designed for the first Peace Dollars, after that, the design was two big feathers instead of one finishing with two small, so my dollar is of the early 1922 minted.
The "S" referring to San Francisco mint, looks like it was smashed, but I can not see any damage in the surroundings. And style is different, a little bit fatter than the others I compared.
The "M´s", seems to be different, too.
The collar edge is incomplete above the word AMERICA an keep vanish´till horizontal Dollar word. Looking at the flat of the coin, this is higher trough that missing collar, so the dies did not push the metal on that specific place of the coin.
This facts, altogether , point to a San Francisco coin Proof, early on February 1922, when they were doing proof to release the low relief Peace Dollar.
If we see the obverse, the hair of Liberty looks exactly the same as the first Philadelphia low relief proofs still on collections. It seems not wear but very weaken struck. I can tell this because of the tiara. The tiara has their fully rays well struck, even the small ones, they are all completes. And the Liberty hair is well finished in the curls, above the neck, and the side wihskers are not well defined but still there, just like the first low relief minted in Phili, but as I said, weakly struck.
Besides, it looks like raw silver and seems never been polished!!! Texture is completely different to other meant to circulate. I´m started to believe this Peace is one of the first proof minted in San Francisco, prior to released proof and business strike, and maybe, the only survivor of those first tries, when they were just finding the final caliber.
Hope you can help me on this. Thanks so much.