Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by Bradley Trotter, Jun 30, 2020.
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I had it as MS 63 before seeing the reveal, so I'm not surprised either. This is a typical crusty unc silver coin. I'm not a fan of the look, but it's clearly an UNC coin.
I think what you guys are missing is that Walkers do come weakly struck, and when they are, the areas that are missing details are the same areas that experience wear first. The fact that there is "no hand" tells us this is a weakly struck coin and it stands to reason that the Liberty's leg, and the eagle's breast and leg would be equally weak. This is why the TPGs typically require evidence of friction in the fields when grading a coin like this. Now I can't say definitively that there isn't friction in the fields, but I've only seen a photograph and NGC has seen the actual coin, so I'm inclined to defer to their opinion.
Additionally, this coin has toning that covers most of the obverse surfaces and typically, you don't see circulated coins, even AU coins, with that much toning. This coin has a very specific crusty look to it and the TPGs like these coins (see examples shown below).
If you click on the images above, it will take you to the Heritage Auction page.
@Lehigh96 there is though a big difference between the look on these coins. OP the breast for example does not look like the coins you posted. There is light scuffing and a deeper tone that is 9/10 indicative of wear thru photos. Maybe it looks different in hand, It's more than possible.
I will agree to disagree as the coin to me looks like an AU.
The grader needs to clean his/her glasses. My respect for NGC is diminished.
When I originally bought this coin, I was a much younger collector who had too much birthday money burning a hole in my pocket. Granted, I didn't care about a weak strike or eye appeal; I had just wanted something toned for my collection. Looking back on it now, I wouldn't have bought this coin if I had known as much as I know now.
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