I'm on eBay buying PCGS 2010 ASEs bullion coins...(dunno why, really). I bought an MS69 "First Strike" for $25...which I thought was a good buy considering the $14 grading fee (or the $10 bulk fee).
I then bought an MS70 "First Strike" ASE for $75. The only reason I didn't use that $$ to buy three (3) more MS69's is because I have at least one of the other dates in MS70 and wanted to keep the MS70 collection going.
While doing this, a question came to mind...
What "typically" sets an MS69 coin apart from an MS70?
What should I look for to appreciate the extra $$ I spent?
When I look at these coins, I don't see the difference. Is it the strike of the coin? If so, are there specific characteristics a grader looks for when deciding between these grades?
Specifically, I only need the Delaware quarter to complete my NGC PF70 UCAM Silver State Quarter collection. I can't afford $3000+ for a graded specimen. I'm trying to buy proof sets @$200+ each and "hope" I stumble upon one. Are there any specific characteristics I should look for when deciding which coins to submit for grading?
I really appreciate any help the CT Gurus can offer.