When we buy a coin as "average circulated" from an online dealer, what should we expect? Personally, I always assume Good or better, but recent experience has me wondering if this depends on the coin type or perhaps the age of the coin. A couple examples...
Recently, I basically pigged out at the Apmex Numismatic Closeout, going back for seconds, thirds, and even 4ths. I had so many orders that they stacked up around the room unopened until this week (off work for the holiday). Now I'm having a blast opening them, of course.
I got a bunch of avg circ seated dimes, which I am very happy with. But the avg circ half cent and bust half, not so much.
The half is an 1837 reeded edge, but the reverse is AG at best. Lettering around the rim is only about a third visible (the rest is merged with the rim). The closeout price for this was $50.
The half cent is so bad, I can't even tell you the date. The obverse is worn almost completely smooth. The reverse is almost as bad, but I can barely make out the "half cent" lettering in the center. This is the only clue that the coin is even what it is claimed to be. The closeout price for this was $30.
So, my question to the group: does average circulated change meaning with type and/or age, such that these conditions are within the bounds of the term for these two coins?
Before you answer, yes I know Apmex has a great rep and a return policy. But I basically screwed myself by piling up the boxes. These two orders are from November (one even Nov 1), so I am way beyond the 3-day return period. I'm just wondering if my expectations are too high for these types of coins.