Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by Lehigh96, Dec 3, 2019.
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The luster appears quite strong, and the eye appeal is obviously quite attractive. There is some planchet roughness on his cheek, and there are a few noticeable contact marks in his hair. There don't appear to be many marks worth mentioning on the reverse.
Also, this clearly does not appear to have 6FS. I think these steps are above average, and might just barely qualify for 5FS.
Would this coin warrant a star designation by NGC?
Not in my opinion, no. The Star should be for exceptional eye appeal. It has fairly average eye appeal for a 67. It is attractive and lustrous, but the toning is mostly generic gold with some subtle highlights. This is not Star quality.
It really surprises me that PCGS didn't grade this coin FS.
If anybody would PCGS would. I think it deserves it.
I have numerous nickels displaying the same type of steps situation as the coin you display here. The main block of 5 steps is complete with 5 full incuse lines. BUT, outside the 5 step block, at bottom is a partial line, a broken incuse line appears on my coins and about the same as this coin of yours. SO, technically it is a full 5 step. The bottom broken "step" is irrelevant, as it is below the full 5 steps. You are the expert here, do you agree?? If it is not a "step" within the proper "block" of 5, then PCGS made a bo bo here! Please reply.
Gary in Washington
I have linked a thread I wrote a decade ago about the definitions of full steps below; it should answer any questions that anyone may have. Your point is well taken and is the reason that I posted this guess the grade thread. This coin clearly has 5 Full Steps which is all that is required for PCGS to award the FS designation yet the coin does not bear the designation. In fact the steps are so clear that I think the coin would easily be graded 5FS by NGC. In that light, the coin is also a very high end MS66 in PCGS which means it has a strong chance at grading MS67 5FS by NGC. I plan to crack this coin out and submit it to NGC for grading. If it comes back MS66 5FS, I will break even or lose a few dollars, but if it comes back MS67 5FS I will make a nice little profit.
The FS (Full Step) Designation for Jefferson Nickels Defined (PHOTOGRAPHICALLY)
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