The reverse damage is easy to ID. There must be a bunch of these out there hiding in collections.
@Iso808 post a couple more pictures from different angles. Reverse photo also might help. Check the edge for anything unusual.
It looks like struck through reeding to me....
I notice they all have a mole under the chin at the neck too.
I had a similar experience, cycling in the Civil War Century about a decade ago. I rode ahead of the people I was with, and when I got to Antietam...
You can also open file explorer, then drag and drop the image into your post. Then click full image.
That toning is crazy. My eyes can't not see it as raised ridges across the coin.
I didn't guess because I was tired of being wrong. It looks pretty banged up in the True View for a gem so 65 surprises me. I would have been...
I wonder if you could predict what the mintages were by giving them one or two known mintages and using the relative frequency.
One of these has to be a winner for you, so I'll say 66 to 66+.
I completely missed the part where it was originally NGC, otherwise I would have totally gotten it... also wrong.
No I'm referring to the results of the two posts so far, zero changes in grade. I'm also 0 for 2 guessing.
MS65 to MS65. Since they've graded 285,266 coins for 1881-S, I'm just guessing that they're tough on them. That thing under OL is odd, looks like...
So you're 0 for 2.
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