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Detecto the biggest problem is that you don't realize or understand what the difference is between a 63, a 64 and a 65. Once you understand those differences, you won't need to ask this question.
And I'm not trying to be a wise guy, I'm just telling you the truth.
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For what it's worth, here is the differentiation from numismedia:
MS 63 - This is the grade that many collectors feel is the most collectible in numismatics. Prices are typically reasonable compared to higher grades and the coin should have at least an average strike and eye appeal, with minimal distracting marks.
MS 64 - This is the grade where prices in many series begin to increase dramatically. For this reason the coin will begin to show fewer marks and the strike will be the strongest yet. No primary distractions that will draw your eye. A near-gem coin with just a few tiny marks or weakness in strike to keep it from a higher grade.
MS 65 - This is the gem category. Coin should be fully struck with eye appeal. Either brilliant or toned but there should not be any unsightly marks or color that negates eye appeal. Any marks should be very minor in appearance. Prices spread out even further.
Also, photograding books are important, as well as comprehending the text to the actual picture.
And that's a large part of the reason why so many people have such a hard time learning how to grade treehugger. They seen things like that published that have nothing to do with actual grading standards and even worse they are not even close to accurate.
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Just a thought.
For some reason i cannot quote your message in a quick reply. I meant by my post that cross referencing text information about grades, and then comparing those to pictures is key. I did not mean soley basing your grading off pictures, that's redundant. As goes the same for basing your grading off of text.
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When it comes to bullion pieces where there are 20,000 or so MS70 ASE potentially out there, that is where I do not get too excited about the grade. For me, it is more about the coin in the end - like you have suggested.
Luster plays a major roll in grades too. When considering blast white coins typically the luster is far superior on a 65 compared to a 63. Most of the time this is not recognizable in pictures on a computer.
Many gold coins are hard to tell the difference. Morgans are probably the easiest to see the quality difference.
In collectible hobbies, people pay for quality even if it is barely incrementally better. You can buy a Nolan Ryan rookie for $250 in a lower grade if you want. Or you can get one that is slightly better centered and sharper corners for $700. You can say theyre the same card but not to collectors. Or the guy selling it. This isnt a new concept.
You may as well ask why theres a numismatic premium on any coin over their metal value.
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