The Official CoinTalk Grading Experiment 24

Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by physics-fan3.14, Dec 7, 2019.


What does the coin grade?

  1. AU-58

  2. MS-60

  3. MS-61

  4. MS-62

  5. MS-63

  6. MS-64

  7. MS-65

  8. MS-66

  9. MS-67

  10. MS-68

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  1. physics-fan3.14

    physics-fan3.14 You got any more of them.... prooflikes? Supporter

    It's Half Dollar Weekend! I'll be posting 4 different series of halves today, for your grading pleasure. Grades will be revealed Monday evening.

    (PCGS called this one FBL - I will not be scoring based on the strike designation)

    How good is CoinTalk compared to the TPGs? Let's find out! Over the next several months, I'll be posting a continuous stream of Guess the Grade threads. I will be using photos from the Heritage auction archives (please do not cheat!).

    All you have to do is guess the grade! I will be attaching a poll to each thread. Please select the grade that you think best represents the coin (to avoid bias, please select your grade before viewing the rest of the thread).

    Also please post your opinions about the coin, and it would be most educational if you could explain why you chose the grade you did.

    Around Christmas, I will tally up the results and see how we did. This thread is an offshoot of a recent thread where I compared CT grading to the TPG, seen here:

    We're going to cover a wide range of material, and some of it may be out of your wheelhouse. However, if you are a confident grader, you should be able to accurately grade almost any coin.

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  3. Mainebill

    Mainebill Wild Bill

    Fair amount of marks. A couple in the fields and on the jawline but monster luster making up for it. My call a solid 65.
  4. longshot

    longshot Enthusiast Supporter

    65. For the most part the marks are just light shaves, but they are there. I agree with Mainebill, that coin glows.
  5. kSigSteve

    kSigSteve Active Member

    I was at 64 but I am thinking the luster is blazing on this one and makes up for the few marks scattered throughout.

    I’m calling it a 65 attributed with FBL and a Bugs Bunny FS-401 to boot.
    Last edited: Dec 7, 2019
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  6. furham

    furham Good Ole Boy Supporter

  7. spirityoda

    spirityoda Coin Junky Supporter

  8. C-B-D

    C-B-D U.S. Type Coins or death!

    65 FBL Bugs Bunny
  9. ToughCOINS

    ToughCOINS Dealer Member Moderator

    Luminous, and fewer abrasions than normally seen, even for higher grade coins. MS66.
  10. Kasia

    Kasia Got my learning hat on

    It might be 66 but I think that the marks should simply keep it to be a very solid MS 65
  11. messydesk

    messydesk Well-Known Member

    I'm going 66 on this one. 65s can have a lot more marks than this one does. The luster is fantastic and very frosty. Well struck and eye appealing.
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  12. TypeCoin971793

    TypeCoin971793 Just a random nobody...

    MS-64. Nice Bugs Bunny
  13. Lehigh96

    Lehigh96 Toning Enthusiast

  14. ddddd

    ddddd Member

    66 ...I don't love it at that grade based on the marks I'm seeing (I'd prefer it in a 65 holder), but I think PCGS was a bit lenient on it
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  15. physics-fan3.14

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    Grade reveal Monday evening. Get your guesses in now!
  16. dividebytube

    dividebytube Member

    A conservative guess: MS64. I would like to see less marks for a 65.
  17. Anthony Mazza

    Anthony Mazza Member

  18. physics-fan3.14

    physics-fan3.14 You got any more of them.... prooflikes? Supporter

    Alright, with 31 guesses, Cointalk called this a 64.7. PCGS and CAC called it a 65. Our average was brought down by the few AU guesses.... sometimes I understand why you'd guess AU, but this time, I just don't get it. Nothing about this coin looks AU at all.

    The most commonly selected grade, however, was 65. I personally think this is a strong 65, and might earn a + or 66 with a couple more tries. Strong strike, bright luster, minimal contact marks.... I've seen worse in 66 holders.

    And, as a few of you mentioned, this is a Bugs Bunny.

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  19. furham

    furham Good Ole Boy Supporter

  20. TypeCoin971793

    TypeCoin971793 Just a random nobody...

    There is a lot of chatter on the obverse. It is a really low-end 65
  21. physics-fan3.14

    physics-fan3.14 You got any more of them.... prooflikes? Supporter

    I think you need to look at more graded 65 Franklins. This is a very high end 65, bordering on 66.
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