1884 Indian Head Cent

Discussion in 'What's it Worth' started by Boot, Mar 13, 2015.

  1. Boot

    Boot Junior Member

    Got this on eye appeal. Would anyone be kind enough to venture on the grade? I am inclined understand its a proof. I haven't purchased one of these before, and would love to confirm that. Grade? Thanks for your time, Brian 84PRObv1.jpg 84PRRev1.jpg
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  4. Boot

    Boot Junior Member

    Ah, bueno. That is music to my "eyes" if you can tolerate a mushy metaphor.
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  5. RedRaider

    RedRaider Well-Known Member

    I call it a PF-62RB. The spots on the reverse bother me. Had they not been there, I would have called it a 64.

    Nice coin!
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  6. KurtS

    KurtS Die variety collector

    The strike on Liberty looks great--but you see this on MS coins too. One quality of proof IHCs over MS--the rims are very square/sharp on proofs, more rounded on MS. From your pics, especially on the rev, I'm leaning towards MS.
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  7. Boot

    Boot Junior Member

    The color of the head, the different/ lighter color (like a cameo) is what was making me think this was Proof. None of my MS or AU coins have this look.
  8. dfraser

    dfraser Junior Member

    the edge details? Square sharp corners, or rounded corners? Circulation strikes will not stand on their edge.
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  9. KurtS

    KurtS Die variety collector

    The cameo effect also happens on MS coins when the fields on the die are given a high polish. If you coin is struck before this polish is worn away, it will have a nice cameo effect too--like yours. :)

    So the mechanics of the strike need to be considered--proofs will always have those sharp, square rims. This picture shows how sharp and square the rims should be...

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  11. Boot

    Boot Junior Member

    Got it, thanks, very helpful.
  12. eddiespin

    eddiespin Fast Eddie

    She's a dish! MS64.
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  13. ldhair

    ldhair Clean Supporter

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  14. Boot

    Boot Junior Member

    Amazing, there is so much in the eye of the beholder. I will have the coin in hand soon, will check out the depth of the rim and the strike qualities. Again, I got this primarily because I loved the look. I'm hoping that it is one of value also.
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