Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by Medussa, Apr 28, 2020.
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I was kind of shocked to see that the coin in question is an 82 CC, in that condition. We're talking $100 or so. NGC should've BB'd that one.
Especially on key dates.
I have never understood while a collector would buy a date and mint mark combination like this in Fine when can get get higher grade pieces for not that much more. A dealer explained to me that, as @messydesk said that the supply is actually low in this grade. The most extreme example of this is the 1885-CC. A circulated piece might sell for $195 while you cam buy an Unc. for $225.
I would do it for a few reasons. If:
1. I liked the look of circulated coins. Some people prefer to collect circulated coins, coins which had done their job. Some really like the "circulated cameo" look with the dark grey surfaces and lighter high points. If I were building a set with this look, I wouldn't want an MS-63.
2. I was trying to build a matched set on a budget. Sure, some coins have unusual price structures and are available for low premiums in high grades. However, there are just as many that get to astronomical prices. So, if I were trying to build a matched set, I'd have to base that around what I could afford for the key dates. If I can only afford an F or VF for a key date, I'd want all the coins in the set to be in that grade range - even if some of them are going to be very inexpensive. The key dates have to drive the set if I want it to be well matched.
So yes, I agree that if you're trying to maximize grade for value, then buying an UNC might be your goal here. I've talked many times about buying the highest grade before the "big jump" - where the value graph seems to have an inflection point. However, not all collectors buy or collect that way.
People doing this with Morgan dollars invariably discover just how rare and expensive a wholesome VF 1898-O is. Poster child for the unusual price structures you mention.
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