Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by Diogenes Diaz, Oct 28, 2020.
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So in your case a VF--- coin.
I am not a fan of grading companies, so I would call your coin a VF--- .. with a BU reverse, not as expensive as a BU but much more expensive than a VF.
I agree and also tend to stay away unless it's a key date that I could not otherwise afford.
If this is the case, then something is really fishy here and the coin was likely damaged, artificially worn, and would details grade. I mean a coin that has an AU58 reverse an MS60 obverse is going to grade AU. Because it shows signs of circulation the coin can't be MS anymore.
Even, let's take a coin that's AU55 on obverse and AU58 on reverse. overall they may slide it to a low 58, or it might get a high 55, depending on eye appeal. it could be a nice looking 55 or a weak looking 58 depending on the graders at the time and what they can agree to for it. but there's no doubt about it being circulated at all.
I really don't think your hypothetical scenario happens in the real world without surface manipulation,,, i.e. an intentionally damaged coin (altered surfaces), and the grade would reflect that.
That works for most coins the modern era, but not for many ancients, British hammered pieces and tokens. Some pieces are always stronger on one side than the other.
If you find one that does not conform to the norm, it's either an exceptional piece (less likely) or a counterfeit (much more likely).
It is unusual to have 2 sides so far apart, but I've seen it. It is most common on coins which were in jewelry or belt buckle mounts. Depending on the type of mount, one side would be protected and the other would be subjected to the elements.
Again, depending on the type of mount, it may have also damaged the edge/rim of the coin and will thus be a details coin.
I personally would not want a coin like this. However, the best way to describe it would be to put a split grade on it (AU obverse, VF reverse). You just can't properly describe a coin like this with a single grade.
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