Trade Dollar Lettering gaps question

Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by Vess1, Feb 27, 2024.

  1. Vess1

    Vess1 CT SP VIP

    Was looking at trade dollars tonight and ran across this one. Has anyone seen gaps in the letters like this? At first I thought maybe this was a fake coin in a fake slab. Then I thought maybe somebody had removed the real one and put this in a real slab. I went to NGCs verification page and looked it up. The images they have after grading show this coin. It looked suspicious but they called it good and gave it an AU-53. Wondering what would cause this on mulitple letters?

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  3. ZoidMeister

    ZoidMeister Hamlet Squire of Tomfoolery . . . . .

    Heavily polished die.

  4. Mainebill

    Mainebill Bethany Danielle

    Wear polish and debris. One almost looks cudlike probably from debris bilidup. The letters are thin anyway i could easily see junk or grease in that crevice
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  5. Mr.Q

    Mr.Q Well-Known Member

    Wish I could say nice coin but can't see the whole coin. Wear polish is as good as it gets, along with other anomalies in my opinion. Thanks for sharing.
  6. ksparrow

    ksparrow Coin Hoarder Supporter

    That's seen pretty often, I think it's more common on 1876 issues (?)
  7. mbogoman

    mbogoman Active Member

    I agree. You took the words right out of my mouth!
  8. COOPER12

    COOPER12 Well-Known Member

    73 and 76 happens a lot
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