The Official CoinTalk Grading Experiment 9

Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by physics-fan3.14, Sep 13, 2019.


What does the coin grade?

  1. AU-55

  2. AU-58

  3. MS-60

  4. MS-61

  5. MS-62

  6. MS-63

  7. MS-64

  8. MS-65

  9. MS-66

  10. MS-67

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  1. physics-fan3.14

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

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

    In order to give everyone time to respond, I'll reveal the grade Sunday evening

    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. medoraman

    medoraman Supporter! Supporter

    Very clean coin. I went with 64 due to a couple of obverse marks. I wouldn't object strongly if a little higher. Pretty.
  4. Lehigh96

    Lehigh96 Toning Enthusiast

    Upon closer inspection, you can see some very minor nicks, but overall, the coin has the appearance of a gem grade coin. Liberty Nickels always seem to be rather lack luster, even at the higher grades, so I am going with:

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  5. SchwaVB57

    SchwaVB57 Well-Known Member

    It is a very nice coin. MS 65, but might be a 64 due to the series track record by tpg's in general.
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  6. Prez2

    Prez2 Well-Known Member

    Very nice coin. I'd be proud to own it.
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  7. Johndoe2000$

    Johndoe2000$ Well-Known Member

  8. ToughCOINS

    ToughCOINS Dealer Member Moderator

    Hmm . . . Great strike & luster looks exceptional . . . very small marks, minor delam, good originality . . . I grade it 65.
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  9. micbraun

    micbraun coindiccted

    Yes, clean surfaces, but almost no remaining luster or visible toning. Knowing this may be due to the pictures, I like it at MS 64.
  10. TypeCoin971793

    TypeCoin971793 Just a random nobody who doesn’t know anything...

    This one is really nice. MS-66
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  11. C-B-D

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

    65. A couple significant enough marks on the obverse to hold it back. Nice coin.
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  12. Casman

    Casman Active Member

    Flat no luster going with MS 64
  13. Dave Waterstraat

    Dave Waterstraat dave700x -1883 O nut

    I think 66 is within reach as well.
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  14. ddddd

    ddddd Member

    I went with MS 65
    I see something to the left of the star at the 3 o'clock position (can't quite make out if it's a small struck through area or minor damage) and some scattered hits throughout, but nothing that would keep the coin out of the gem range.
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  15. messydesk

    messydesk Well-Known Member

    Solid 65. Very well struck (full left corn on the reverse, full obverse stars), good eye appeal, scattered little ticks and such on the portrait, decent luster. Little planchet flaw or strike-thru at 3:00 is no big deal.
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  16. longshot

    longshot Enthusiast Supporter

    First impression, 65. Guess I'll go with that.
  17. ksparrow

    ksparrow Coin Hoarder

    I'll go with 64, due to the ticks on the cheek and the tiny obv dark spots. I don't think the planchet flaw by star 11 affects the grade.
  18. kSigSteve

    kSigSteve Active Member

  19. ldhair

    ldhair Clean Supporter

  20. Paul M.

    Paul M. Well-Known Member

    Wow. Wow! WOW!!

    I suspect the coin is more lustrous than these photos let on. Absolutely no distracting marks, and very few marks at all. Combine that with one of the best strikes you’ll ever see on a Liberty nickel, and I’m scratching my head at all y’all who said 64.

    IMO, anything less than 65 should be sent back in as a mechanical error. Luster is probably not enough for 67, hence my guess of 66.
  21. physics-fan3.14

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

    We've had a pretty good number of guesses so far, but don't forget to vote!

    I'll close this one out this evening, so today is your last chance to participate.
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