While I don't think a grade matters nearly as much on a unique coin or one of great rarity, it still bothers me when I see high profile coins...
The coin looks genuine, so the question becomes whether the mintmark has been added.
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I took the post to be serious.
It's a fuzzy image but I will guess MS64.
The image isn't very crisp, but there look to be enough marks on Liberty's cheek to knock the grade down, at least to MS63
I can't tell from the image, but the circled area might be a mint-made flaw. And if so, it should not affect the grade. Also, if the flaw does...
The coin looks absolutely genuine an I would grade it MS63, possibly MS62. I believe that you are mistaking striking weakness for wear.
The coin looks to be AU and in that condition, the 1878 bids higher than a number of other dates, which are more common.
I wholeheartedly agree, as I usually do with Tom.
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I don't think the coins are worth $20 each. They melt at less than $13 each and shouldn't be worth much more than that.
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