GTG 1938 Jefferson Nickel #1

Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by Lehigh96, Nov 11, 2019.


Guess the assigned grade

  1. AU58

  2. MS64

  3. MS64*

  4. MS65

  5. MS65*

  6. MS66

  7. MS66*

  8. MS67

  9. MS67*

  10. Other (please explain in comments)

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  1. Lehigh96

    Lehigh96 Toning Enthusiast

    Please guess the grade of the 1938 Jefferson Nickel shown below by voting in the attached poll. Please make your grade determination and cast your vote before scrolling down to read the responses to the thread.


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  3. Stevearino

    Stevearino Supporter! Supporter

    64+ . Dang. I hate to go first, even if I didn't scroll down...and then realized no one else had voted nor posted. Too many hits for 65 but a very nice coin so I just slipped my guess under 65.

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  4. Paddy54

    Paddy54 Variety Collector

    65 not full step , a few small carbon spots .
  5. kSigSteve

    kSigSteve Active Member


    I know stars have eluded you although you have a taste for exceptional eye appeal.

    This one seems to have kind of a muted luster due to the toning but is relatively clean. I think they bumped it to 65 for the color and it prolly falls short of their standard for a star.
  6. ddoomm1

    ddoomm1 keep on running

  7. Islander80-83

    Islander80-83 Well-Known Member

    All your nickels are great! I think you need to post closer more detailed pictures. I click on your pictures but they only enlarge slightly. Your coins are so good we need to see closer more minute details.
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  8. Lehigh96

    Lehigh96 Toning Enthusiast

    I keep the photos at 1000 x 500 px purposefully. Although it makes evaluating full steps harder, larger images would make minuscule marks seem huge and cause people to undergrade the coins.
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  9. Islander80-83

    Islander80-83 Well-Known Member

    Yes, I guess you're right.
  10. Michael K

    Michael K Well-Known Member

    It's a little mushy for anything higher. (For me.)
  11. ddddd

    ddddd Member

    I voted MS 66 ...there are some scattered hits but it looks clean overall. It’s an attractive coin, but it doesn’t have enough to get the star in my opinion (and based on seeing how few Nickels have received stars, I would guess it would take something more colorful).
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  12. Lehigh96

    Lehigh96 Toning Enthusiast

    I'm really at the point where I think the graders just forget that the star designation exists.
  13. ddddd

    ddddd Member

    It does seem so at times. Other times, I’m puzzled what they saw to give a star. I would add that I’d personally like to see the overall threshold for a star to be more strict (for example, no small crescents on Morgans).
  14. Lehigh96

    Lehigh96 Toning Enthusiast

    I agree that small crescents on Morgans don't deserve stars but I think that coins with light pastel rainbow toning and outstanding luster should be rewarded, and they never are.
  15. ddddd

    ddddd Member

    I’m not a huge proponent of light pastels getting the star either, but they are more deserving than some that make it.
  16. eddiespin

    eddiespin Fast Eddie

    Technically, this is no gem. At least, in my eyes. Nonetheless, I can't, no-way, no-wise, no-how, see this handsome boy at under MS65 money. I'll say it got MS66.
  17. Lehigh96

    Lehigh96 Toning Enthusiast

    So you think it is an MS64 but graded MS66? Are you saying they gave it a toning bump? or two?

    I have a bunch of other guess the grade threads active right now, feel free to participate and don't forget to vote. Thanks.
  18. eddiespin

    eddiespin Fast Eddie

    Good question. I think without the toning it's a market 65.
  19. BuffaloHunter

    BuffaloHunter Short of a full herd

    I gave it 64*, very nice looking but too many hits and weakly struck. I have a '38D that looks a lot like this one, albeit with a bit darker colors.
  20. Lehigh96

    Lehigh96 Toning Enthusiast

    I was expecting (hoping) for MS65* for this coin, their grade is just confounding. Maybe @Ana Silverbell can explain the grade.

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  21. TypeCoin971793

    TypeCoin971793 Just a random nobody who doesn’t know anything...

    Huh. I woulda guessed 65
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