Always check the "cull" tray! 1904-S Morgan

Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by GeorgeM, Oct 19, 2020.

  1. GeorgeM

    GeorgeM Well-Known Member

    Somebody missed the mintmark on this coin when they put it in the "cull" tray at a local bullion dealer. I'm not sure what they saw to bump it into that category (this seller has a cull tray at $26, a pre-1921 AU+ tray at $28, and a BU tray at $45). There appears to be a die crack through the F in "of" as well.

    I *always* check the cull tray, and feel vindicated tonight. How would you grade this? What's the nicest thing you've found recently in a cull or junk bin?
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  3. GeorgeM

    GeorgeM Well-Known Member

    Any thoughts on grade?
  4. SensibleSal66

    SensibleSal66 Well-Known Member

    Yes , Sweet find !!
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  5. thomas mozzillo

    thomas mozzillo Supporter! Supporter

    Could you please post photos of both sides of the entire coin properly oriented and taken directly over the coin. (Not slanted). That would help to make it easier in trying to guess the grade. Thank you.
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  6. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & avid numismatist Moderator

    Wow. From what I can tell, it looks 64-ish, though the photos are not ideal for this determination.
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  7. beaver96

    beaver96 Well-Known Member

    I see it as AU55. It is a really nice clean coin.
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  8. GeorgeM

    GeorgeM Well-Known Member

    The lighting is terrible that way, and you can't see any of the lustre. But, sure.

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  9. Mr. Flute

    Mr. Flute Well-Known Member

    Yea...great cherrypick. Even in high AU you've got an $800-$1000 coin.

    Major whoops on the dealer's part, but maybe they are essentially OK because they bought it for silver value anyways?

    I'd keep the dealer in my regular rotation from now on too. :)
    Last edited: Oct 20, 2020
  10. brokrken

    brokrken Active Member

    Excellent find!
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  11. chascat

    chascat Well-Known Member

    Dealer probably thought it was an "O"
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  12. Mr. Flute

    Mr. Flute Well-Known Member

    As for my 'cull' or bargain bin finds of greater or lesser value:
    • Two UNC 1950-D Jeffs for 50 cents each
    • A clean XF 1934 Peace dollar in the $20 each bin
    • Japanese 500 yen coins in the 8 for a dollar bin
    • A 1951 Great Britain penny in high AU/low UNC for about 70 cents
    That's all I can remember at this moment.
  13. messydesk

    messydesk Well-Known Member

    Heck of a find!
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  14. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    That's way to nice looking to be a cull. Great find!
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  15. Jim Dale

    Jim Dale Well-Known Member

    The coin store must have had a high school kid working there for you to get away with "stealing" a coin as beautiful as that one. You must have run out the door as soon as you paid for it before the store owner got back. WOW!
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  16. Mr.Q

    Mr.Q Well-Known Member

    Congrats great find.
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  17. GeorgeM

    GeorgeM Well-Known Member

    Anyone want to see the rest of the cull bin finds that day?
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  18. GeorgeM

    GeorgeM Well-Known Member

    My thought is that the dealer was checking for CC's & forgot to filter out the key date S's.
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  19. C-B-D

    C-B-D Well-Known Member

    XF details cleaned it my guess. Maybe AU.
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  20. Sunflower_Coins

    Sunflower_Coins Importer and Exporter

    Sweet find! I haven't had much luck with junk bins, best I've ever done was a VG-F 1924-D SLQ.
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  21. Michael K

    Michael K Well-Known Member

    Agree with George M.
    Nice score.
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