Catbert's FUN Haul - (1) 1945 Walker

Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by Catbert, Jan 11, 2009.

  1. Catbert

    Catbert Evil Cat

    OK - this will be the first of 4 posts on the coins & tokens I acquired at FUN. The first one is a 1945 Walker Half that caught my eye on Wayne Herndon's table. I'm not a Walker collector, but I do love the classic design. What attracted me was the pinkish obverse toning, the gold rim reverse toning plus a few other things to be mentioned :cool::


    Looking at the reverse in more detail revealed cool die polish (and is that a die crack between the wings?):


    And, some very neat die cracks along "DOLLAR"


    So, while I love all the pieces I acquired at the show I think this one was the most satisfying given all the various things going on in a common date coin.


    Do you like it?
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  3. Magman

    Magman U.S. Money Collector

    I like it!!
  4. north49guy

    north49guy Show me the Money

    Very nice aquisition Catbert! A very nice luster to the coin aswell!
  5. Collect89

    Collect89 Coin Collector

    Looking forward to your next three posts

  6. vincent2920

    vincent2920 Senior Member

    MS65 ???? This coin doesn't come close. The obverse has wear .. no full skirt lines and the hand is flattened. Sorry , but I think this is a PCGS mistake !
  7. bqcoins

    bqcoins Olympic Figure Skating Scoring System Expert

    great looking coin.
  8. ksparrow

    ksparrow Coin Hoarder

    Love the look!
  9. Mr. Coin Lover

    Mr. Coin Lover Supporter**

    I'm not a big fan of toned coins, but this is an exception. Beautiful!
  10. AdamL

    AdamL Likes Silver

    Its a beautifull coin!
  11. TheNoost

    TheNoost huldufolk

    I like it very much and glad to hear your apprecition for the coin.
  12. FreakyGarrettC

    FreakyGarrettC Wise young snail

    Nice die cracks! :thumb:
    And vincent2920 what I think you are seeing is die deterioration not wear, walkers are really hard to grade though.
  13. Harryj

    Harryj Supporter**

    Nice Walker.
  14. Arizona Jack

    Arizona Jack The Lincoln-ator

    What a great way to congrats a guy on a purchase that he is happy with.

    It is perfectly normal, and expected to be able to grade better than PCGS , especially from pic's on the internet. What ever line of work your in, it is probably the wrong one, you should be a sticker stickerer at CAC or something like that.
  15. Catbert

    Catbert Evil Cat

    Vincent - I appreciate your straightforward feedback......I am no Walker expert. An experienced mentor of mine felt it was accurately graded, but who knows? Perhaps the coin was market graded due to the toning.

    My pictures don't do a great job, but I see full lower skirt lines when looking at the coin just now after seeing your comment that don't fully come into view in the pictures. My concern was over what looked to be either a weak strike or wear on the eagle's left leg feathers, but again I was told that this was a weak strike area. Perhaps another Walker collector can chime in. Warning - crappy picture below!

  16. AdamL

    AdamL Likes Silver

    Ok, I'll chime in :) The lack of detail on the hand that Vincent mentioned is something I see constantly on Walkers, even ones given high grades by the top TPG's. The only thing that concerned me was the first thing he mentioned, about the skirt lines. They had me questioning the grade because 1945 is not a date well known for a very weak strike. The last picture you posted of the close-up on the skirt lines looked a little better, but still like there could be some slight wear. I know grading is hard from photos. And I know from experience that it is hard to capture the details of Walkers in pics. I imagine that if I had the coin in hand I would probably agree with what PCGS said. They may have given it a small bump for the toning though, which is a practice that I don't care for much. I'm kinda rambling here, lol. Anyway, I think its a great looking coin.
  17. kanga

    kanga 60 Year Collector Supporter

    I can believe MS-65.
    Head is about as full as I've ever seen.
    Weakish skirt lines across the leg but mostly there (or it could be the lighting).
    The left hand is the weakest part. Nothing unusual about that (unusual is a fully struck hand). But at least the thumb is visible.

    Reverse looks full.
    I like the die polish lines. You might want to look real close and see if there is any evidence of a die clash. Is that a ray pointing up toward 11 just under the eagle's head?
    I like the die break across the wings better than through the letters.
  18. kanga

    kanga 60 Year Collector Supporter

    I just looked at some of my WL's.
    My MS-65's look the same as your with (maybe) my 1941 just slightly better struck. Hand looks a bit fuller.
    I'd post it but the image is a bit sub-par.
    I'm re-imaging all my coins because some of the images were less than revealing.
  19. A very beautiful coin... the toning looks great too.
  20. sketcherpbr

    sketcherpbr Enthusiast

    I like the die crack on the wings as well, pretty nifty. Some beautiful mottled toning as well!
    The skirt lines had me questioning the grade as well, but what do I know about grading? = P I think walkers will be next on my list after my little spending-break hehe.
  21. Leadfoot

    Leadfoot there is no spoon

    Very pretty! I say you did well!

    Sorry we didn't get a chance to meet. Work sucks! :(
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