What does Cull Mean?

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  1. abuckmaster147

    abuckmaster147 Well-Known Member

    And if I bought cull silvers what could I expect?
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  3. SuperDave

    SuperDave Free the Cartwheels!

    Culls are coins too worn - or too damaged - to retain any real numismatic value. Expect their price and value to closely track melt, and don't expect much else. :)
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  4. Dougmeister

    Dougmeister Well-Known Member

    Not trying to be a smart a** or anything, but...


    "Cull coins are coins that most collectors wouldn't be interested in due to exceedingly poor condition. Generally coins that are graded as Basil State, Fair, or Poor by wear are considered Cull, "hole filler" or simply "filler" coins."
    "Basil State" sure sounds weird, though...
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  5. SuperDave

    SuperDave Free the Cartwheels!

    Yes, it sounds weird....until you correctly spell it "basal." :p
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  6. abuckmaster147

    abuckmaster147 Well-Known Member

    Is there a difference between circulated and culls?
  7. Dougmeister

    Dougmeister Well-Known Member

    I'm gonna say that culls are a subset of circulated.

    I.e., all culls are circulated, but not all circulated coins are culls.
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  8. Rassi

    Rassi #GoCubs #FlyTheW #WeAreGood

    Based on this above, "Cull coins are coins that most collectors wouldn't be interested in due to exceedingly poor condition." could they also be coins not circulated, but somehow damaged as to be undesirable?
  9. rickmp

    rickmp Frequently flatulent.

    Basil is an herb. Basal state is the correct term. "forming or belonging to a bottom layer or base."
  10. sakata

    sakata Devil's Advocate

    Not all culls are worth only melt. I bought a batch of 100 cull SHUSA100.jpg silver dollars many years ago and one of them was a 1899. AG, admittedly, but worth almost 3-figures:
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  11. SuperDave

    SuperDave Free the Cartwheels!

    Yes, although some circulation is implied because anything collectible in Mint State has at least a little numismatic value..
  12. tommyc03

    tommyc03 Senior Member

    If anyone has a 1909 VDBS cent they consider a cull and want to unload at "melt' I'd be happy to fill that hole.;)
  13. Paddy54

    Paddy54 Well-Known Member

    If you want junk silver culls may be the way to go....for melt . As for collecting you're throwing goddess money at bad.
    And....yes there's always stories about finding a key in a bunch of junk....there's also stories of people who hit the lottery , notice how it's never you! :)
  14. abuckmaster147

    abuckmaster147 Well-Known Member

    No not really interested in buying but I was wondering what the term actually applied to. I have some kinda mint blue box sets that came in a collection that someone probably paid good money for that I guess half of them are culls. Now I know what the term means. Just not sure when I see like circulated say peace dollars and Cull morgans? I take it culls are much worse than circulated.
  15. Paddy54

    Paddy54 Well-Known Member

    Mostly damaged or holed, worn smooth, some may even weight much less then they should due to the extensive wear.
    The term can be used in many terms...example they culled the herd of older cows. Meaning they selected older animals to thin the herd , and processed them.
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  16. SchwaVB57

    SchwaVB57 Well-Known Member

    To me a Cull is a coin you Call the Date. (Worn Smooth)
  17. imrich

    imrich Supporter! Supporter

    That AG+ coin wouldn't normally be considered a cull. AG+ normally is considered a grade above AG, which is above Fair. above an ungraded cull.

    I haven't seen a "cull" grade, but have seen Fair and About Good graded coins below the About Good Plus graded coin you've shown.

    However, the term cull is a subjective term, as are graded coins. I sell some undamaged readable date coins as culls, and I have a Standing Liberty quarter without a full date that is certified MS66.

    It has been my experience that "circulated" 90% pre-1965 coinage will usually contain what many would consider "culls". as can be verified by reading buyer "feedback" for Quarters.
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  18. You said "hole filler."

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  19. Conder101

    Conder101 Numismatist

    Usually, but if I take an uncirculated coin and drill a big hole in it, it is certainly now a cull, but it isn't circulated.
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  20. Tres

    Tres New Member

    Are cull coins a good investment
  21. Michael K

    Michael K Well-Known Member

    Only if you think silver is going to double in less than 5 years.
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