Bust half specialist opinions?

Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by mac266, Nov 21, 2020.

  1. mac266

    mac266 Well-Known Member

    This coin obviously has an old cleaning, but I know TPGs are forgiving of old cleanings on silver coins. Do you guys think it would straight grade (even though I would not submit it)?

    I'm interested in it primarily for the die cracks on both sides. When I teach the merit badge for scouts I discuss die cracks and show them some photos on a power point, but I don't have any in my collection for them to handle.
     
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  3. furham

    furham Good Ole Boy

    Need photos please.
     
  4. longshot

    longshot Enthusiast Supporter

  5. yakpoo

    yakpoo Member

    Based on what I see, I would have to say "No".
     
  6. Publius2

    Publius2 Well-Known Member

    Do you also teach the photography merit badge? Just had to add my snark.
     
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  7. Kentucky

    Kentucky Supporter! Supporter

    Keeping up a CT tradition!
     
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  8. ksparrow

    ksparrow Coin Hoarder

    I don't see any signs of cleaning. I also don't see any signs of a coin.
     
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  9. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    @mac266 Without photos I've gotta say I don't see what you see.
     
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  10. mac266

    mac266 Well-Known Member

    Whelp...the link apparently didn't make it into the thread. Here it is:

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/1838-CAP-BUST-HALF-DOLLAR/133568049215
     
  11. yakpoo

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  12. yakpoo

    yakpoo Member

    I like the reverse die crack. This is a tough one. I'm not an expert, but my "guess" is that it would get either "VF25" or "VF Details". Those are some pretty harsh scratches on the obverse.
     
  13. okbustchaser

    okbustchaser I may be old but I still appreciate a pretty bust Supporter

    No, IMO, it wouldn't straight grade...If the cleaning didn't get it detailed, then the light graffiti would.

    Still worth its current bid, though
     
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  14. yakpoo

    yakpoo Member

    Did you get it?
     
  15. Mr.Q

    Mr.Q Well-Known Member

    Picture see picture do... Duh
     
  16. mac266

    mac266 Well-Known Member

    No. I didn't get the link posted in time to get enough advice.
     
  17. ksparrow

    ksparrow Coin Hoarder

    Just as well, it looks scrubbed with some pretty bad scratches. These are common enough that you should be able to find an unmolested example without too much trouble, if that's what you are looking for.
     
  18. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    Just as well that you didn't get it. In my opinion it won't straight grade.
     
  19. mac266

    mac266 Well-Known Member

    The snark on this forum is what makes me a rare visitor despite more than 35 years of collecting. As a lifelong nerd, I've never seen a group of nerds be more self-inflated than on this very forum. I even had an article published by the ANA wherein I called out this place for that very behavior (although I didn't mention the name of the site, this is the one I was referring to).
     
  20. yakpoo

    yakpoo Member

    I wish I could do better, but this isn't a series I know well. However, $55 (shipping included) seemed like a fair price.

    ...and I apologize for the snark.
     
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  21. Cheech9712

    Cheech9712 Every thing is a guess

     
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