Help with some more coins from G.Grannys collection please.

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  1. Junior lawson

    Junior lawson Active Member

    Heres some more coins from my grannys collection ive got about 8 coins with front and back as best as i could. Any insight to them would be appreciated. Found basic stuff on the internet but not sure on condition of prices. Thank you in advance. Looking at the previews ill comment that the 54is the "s" mint mark. The 88 dime is also "s" and the 76 dime is the "cc".

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  3. cpm9ball

    cpm9ball CANNOT RE-MEMBER

    Welcome to the neighborhood @Junior lawson !

    S = San Francisco
    CC = Carson City

    If you have a Red Book, you can learn a lot about how & where coins are made.

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  4. willieboyd2

    willieboyd2 First Class Poster

    The "Red Book" is A Guide Book of United States Coins by R. S. Yeoman is published every year by the Whitman Publishing Co.
    It has a red cover hence the name.
    Some libraries have old copies.

  5. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    Times two
  6. Junior lawson

    Junior lawson Active Member

    Would it have pictures of different grades i could compare to,or descriptions to see if there worth getting graded. Pictures ive found on the internet comparing too iam just at a loss on where theyd fall on there conditions. I think they look better then some of them shown but i dont know at all lol
  7. DUNK 2

    DUNK 2 Well-Known Member

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  8. Junior lawson

    Junior lawson Active Member

    Thats where i went to first, lol. Then i took them in to my local and ONLY coin shop here in town to have them looked at. She told me that the '54 half dollar was worth the silver but had one all scrached and couldnt really see the front from wear for sale for 75 dollars. So i figured id try here befor just spending the money and sending them in. If there worth it i might send them with a 1932 d quarter. Thank you guys. Ill see about finding that book first.
  9. PlanoSteve

    PlanoSteve Well-Known Member

    @Junior lawson, yes, the "Red Book" is a comprehensive resource & is really a must have for anyone even slightly interested in coin's essentially the coin bible. It will explain many of the things about coin minting, grading, etc. (mine has adequate pics).

    Please understand that grading coins is very subjective, & hard to do without the coin actually in-hand. If you've seen any of the GTG threads on CT, you will see that the "guesses" can span 6 to 10 grades in some cases, so...)

    My copy is 4 yrs old & still adequate for me. Yesterday at the big book store that has a coffee shop attached to it, I saw that the latest (2019) copy is $20 (for the large print version, so I bought one for a friend of mine). You should be able to get a used copy, 2-3 yrs old for about half that. (Note: Do NOT use the coin values published in the book...they are not accurate/realistic, although they can give you an indication of the relative premium for certain years or varieties.)

    Good luck with your endeavor! (& have fun with it!) ;):happy:
  10. thomas mozzillo

    thomas mozzillo Well-Known Member

    Welcome to Coin Talk. A lot of good advice given by other members.
    PCGS Photograde can also be downloaded to your smartphone. Google Play Store or Apple.
  11. green18

    green18 Sweet on Commemorative Coins Supporter

    Well worn 'common' stuff. Welcome to the forum, my friend.

    My grandmother (fathers side) gave me a whitman folder of Indian Head Cents when I was a wee lad. Not one of those cents had 'Liberty' visible in the bonnet.....still got that album though. It's priceless to me. She even signed it for me and dated it.

    junior lawsons' stuff is priceless too.
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  12. paddyman98

    paddyman98 Let me burst your bubble! Supporter

    Not worth it to send for grading.
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  13. Burton Strauss III

    Burton Strauss III Supporter! Supporter

    The prices in Red Book are - especially if it's a couple of years old - at best a guidepost (and remember, the Red Book prices are FULL retail, not what you can sell then for).

    When you compare to PhotoGrade, be brutal. If it's "almost as nice as that VF coin", then it's Fine not VF. Otherwise, you are fooling yourself and wasting your money.

    Check eBay sold listings (not just listing) to see what a graded coin is selling for.

    If it's been cleaned (and most older coins have been) it's worth a good bit less.

    In order to be worth sending in for grading, it has to sell for more than your cost (here zero which helps), plus the cost of grading ($30-40) plus eBay/PayPal fees (figure 15% or a little more), plus $1 for a bubble envelope to ship in plus $4 postage (w/ tracking).

    Accept that common date, well worn Franklin half dollars are only worth their silver content. There are apps such as CoinFlation that will give you that value. The shop is going to pay a bit under and sell for a bit over (right now, it's running about 13.6x face is the melt value so you might sell for 13x and buy at 14x).
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  14. Heavymetal

    Heavymetal Well-Known Member

    I have looked at your posts of Granny’s collection. I think they will be easy enough to sell without paying grading fees. If you don’t need the $ right now, you can always ‘send them in’ in the future. Practice with well focused pictures is the key. Stick around here on CT for awhile and you can sell to our members on BST forum. Larry
  15. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    The Red Book has describes of grades and it's really a valuable tool for a collector. You can't use the prices as a value other than this coin is more expensive than the others. It lists mintage figures and tells a little about the coin. They run around $15 so not a bank breaker. After you use one for awhile you'll like it.

    As a suggestion, go to the only coin shop and ask to look at their Red Book. If they are any kind of a dealer they will have one available.
    Last edited: Aug 26, 2019
  16. Junior lawson

    Junior lawson Active Member

    Sweet thank you guys.
  17. Junior lawson

    Junior lawson Active Member

    Yeah, i should say, lol, that i wasnt gunna sell any of them. I used to help her as a kid and i kinda stopped as i moved away. But ive always been in to old coins, and gunna keep adding to the collection. My 7 yr old loves helping me and putting them in there holders. Being a stay at home dad too i got lots of time to search for info and..... more coins lol
  18. capthank

    capthank Well-Known Member

    Discuss with your dealer. Show your Franklin and ask them to compare to theirs listed for the $75. Could be a great learning experience.
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  20. Cheech9712

    Cheech9712 Every thing is a guess

    The have them i large print. I'm out the door
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  21. Cheech9712

    Cheech9712 Every thing is a guess

    Thats what I'm talking about. My grandbabies put post it notes on the back of their books. With the history when they got and how. I peak. Remember members. Grandma's love you MORE. good job green. Thats why i adore your crasy ass
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