Guess the spread (coin prices)

Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by ddddd, Jun 12, 2023.

  1. ddddd

    ddddd Member

    We have had guess the grade and guess the price; how about guess the spread?
    These two coins, which I think look fairly similar, sold for two different prices. One sold yesterday and the other a week before. Both were at the same auction venue.

    So what do you think the spread in prices was (difference between the final auction prices, with the buyer fee included)? And which coin do you think sold for more?

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  3. ddddd

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  4. Fun idea. I've given up trying to make sense of this particular auction house's hammer prices on toned Morgans so I won't even try to hazard a guess on the price difference, but I would guess that the 1881-S went for more. Slightly more vibrant toning (and/or a better photo).
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  5. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Supporter! Supporter

    I've seen almost identical coins sell at auction for wildly different prices, so any conclusion to your survey would be pretty useless. All depends on the auction and the bidders.
  6. Cheech9712

    Cheech9712 Every thing is a guess

    The coin on the right even with eyebrow. Was more
  7. Cheech9712

    Cheech9712 Every thing is a guess

    Shiny counts
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  8. Cheech9712

    Cheech9712 Every thing is a guess

    I really hope it’s not a lot more. Then that’s crazy money
  9. Dima

    Dima Member

    I think the '81 sold for more; maybe 20-25% more than the '80?
  10. Pickin and Grinin

    Pickin and Grinin Well-Known Member

    Also with the 81, $100.
  11. SensibleSal66

    SensibleSal66 U.S Casual Collector / Error Collector

    I'm with the 1880S DuDes/ Dudettes! Worth more than the 1881S. Just my opinion. @Mountain Man has the BEST answer though. Depends on the buyers and if there's a bidding war, I guess.
  12. Morgandude11

    Morgandude11 As long as it's Silver, I'm listening

    The 81s sold for $175 more than the 80s. The toning on the 80s is slightly more subdued, although both have quality toning.
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  13. ddddd

    ddddd Member

    The final answer:
    1881-S = $1,070.73
    1880-S = $762.75
    ...for a spread of $307.98

    I found these to be fairly similar and did not expect that big of a spread. Some people have commented that the 81-S has nicer color but others have preferred the 80-S. I figured the two would end at about the same price-maybe with a one to two increment swing ($25-$50) based on someone missing out one week on the 80-S and bidding a little more to get the 81-S.
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  14. Morgandude11

    Morgandude11 As long as it's Silver, I'm listening

    Not surprised, as 1881s is a more popular date with Morgan collectors, especially toners. As you know, some of the most celebrated Morgan beast toners are 1881s. I would have expected both of those coins to sell over $1000.
  15. Jeffjay

    Jeffjay Well-Known Member

    I wouldn't even hazard a guess. I find it mind-boggling what people pay for toning.
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