Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by Lehigh96, Nov 25, 2020.
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While I do find this as an attractive nickel, I do not believe this can be anything higher than a 63. To me the surfaces of the coin seem to have tiny minuscule ticks that seem to be circulation hits. It could be a weak strike but to me the high points of the coin indicate some level of wear. There are also several areas that appear to have a slightly different hue indicating some movement of metal. The luster seems to be flat and only showing it’s face in the small protected areas of the devices and legend. The stairs do seem very nice and fully struck. I bet this was a nice 66FS before it was used in commerce for a short time.
Just curious, if you are wrong, and the coin is actually mint state, are you saying it is MS66 FS?
After reading the comments, I can see the case for AU 58 like @kSigSteve makes (that might explain what I was seeing in the fields) but I will stick to it being a mint state example.
If the coin is MS I don’t think it would have the tiny tick marks so if this coin is in fact an MS coin with the marks I would be at 63. The marks could also be from the planchet and didn’t strike out fully. On this coin I tried to hold my phone a bit further out and imagined having it in hand. The luster is a bit more dull than I would like on a 66. I wouldn’t like a 66 5FS price tag with it and would probably pass it up over something down the road with better luster and eye appeal.
So my grade is from AU58-66 5FS. Somewhere between there is right.
Personally, I grade this coin MS64 FS, and the FS designation is generous. I doubt that NGC would grade this coin FS.
In our recent discussions as to why ANACS & ICG are second tier grading companies, this is a perfect anecdotal example of why.
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