Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by Morgandude11, May 14, 2021.
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There's a few distracting scratches mostly in the obverse fields but not enough to warrant a details grade IMO.
The reverse has got me thinking it is a slightly weak strike, but I'm not seeing much wear, I'll be interested to see what everyone else thinks and eagerly await the reveal as I don't have much experience with this type of coin.
The coin, like almost all 19th century silver has been cleaned in the past. It is hard for me to tell if the staining and some uneven toning is a result of that old cleaning or the result of being in circulation. In either event, I find the various staining, blotches and what appear to be encrustations distracting and unattractive. While I don't want to indulge in projection, I think the TPGs would find it so also.
I think I can see some luster but it appears muted to me, so from a luster standpoint, I see it as no better than a low AU.
Despite the above, I think it straight-graded but I think the TPG knocked it down from a possible low-end 55 to a 53. Net and Market-Grading and all that, dontcha know.
I have to stop. My wife's kitten is helping me type.
@Publius2's point, it's likely this might've been cleaned over the past 146 years, but luckily, I don't think I see any marks indicative of harsh cleaning which would render the coins ungradeable. Again, not an expert, but that's my guess.
Absolutely superb analysis! Love it.
I bet you have one better...!
The photos are not deceptive. That is how the coin looks.
Seriously, I have worked hard to assimilate grading lessons from various resources, including not least these GTG exercises.
A genius goat?
Yours was outstanding. I was waiting for a few more responses. But, you were extremely thorough. The only thing I might disagree with slightly is the nature of the toning, but yours was by far, a “best post.”
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