The Coin Chat Radio April 23rd edition starts off with Bob Van Ryzin announcing that the new reverse design for the 2010 Lincoln Cent has entered the public phase. Eighteen designs were submitted by the US Mint to the US Commission of Fine Arts. The Commission is one of two bodies that evaluate coin designs and submit their recommendations to the US Treasury for final decision.
Numismatic News Editor Dave Harper then interviews Carl Schwendker, an avid collector of DMPL (Deep Mirror Proof-Like) Morgan Dollars. Carl explains that DMPL Morgan Dollars are "…early coins off of the die and they reflect the die surfaces very accurately."
Schwendker describes in fascinating detail how these coins had to make their way through the Minting process. Considering their circulated nature, it is amazing that any of the Deep Mirror Proof-Like Morgan Dollars exist today.
Schwendker believes that a maximum of 1/10 of 1 percent of the total production of the total mintage could be considered DMPL. He adds that proof-like is "a determination of the reflectivity, without distortion, of the coin," with 2-4 inches reflectivity considered proof-like while 4 inches and above are considered deep mirror proof-like.
KP Numismatics Publisher Scott Tappa and Scott Marinero discuss the new Krause Publications Affiliate Program, making it possible for those with websites or bloggers to link to Krause Publications products, and receive a sizable percentage of any sale that occurs through the link.
In the final segment, Online Editor Lisa Bellavin and Tappa talk about the Coin of the Year winner, the Wolverine Coin from Mongolia. A very limited number of these are available at www.ShopNumismaster.com. The 2007 one ounce .999 silver piece only had a 2500 mintage.
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