Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by LA_Geezer, May 7, 2020.
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I agree with this assessment.
Reverse is certainly strong enough for AU, but the obverse holds it back.
The lighting of the seller's pictures is wonky, and it makes it a tad hard to tell if the surfaces are original or not, but I'll err on the side of caution and say that they're not original, as is the case with a lot of 1921's. Any chance you could provide us with some different pictures?
That coin at XF-45 teeters on my value fence of "should I or shouldn't I send it in for grading?" but I think with a details grade, it may be best to keep it raw, despite the fact that like you said, a lot of slabbed examples aren't as nice.
I'm attaching one that I bought just before COVID19 crap hit. I would agree that it is a high end AU. I bought it because it had eye appeal for me and the strike was better than average. I include it just for a reference.
It does have a strong reverse but that obverse brings it down. Personally, I'd keep this one raw unless it looks different in hand.
I honestly can't tell if there is a cleaning from the pics, but there could be.
That said, the camera glare might be killing it.
Can you try taking pictures with different lighting? I think that many guessers here are getting thrown off by the lighting which makes it look dull - but I'm not convinced that it actually is. Additionally, the terrible strike on these is throwing people off - with different lighting, we might be able to better interpret what is wear and what is weak strike.
Thanks, but my picture-taking is not up to snuff, so that would be impossible. There are others, so long as they have not been taken down. Incidentally, I get the feeling that this coin just fell into this seller's lap. He's offering all sorts of knick knacks that are not at all related to coins. I suspect that's why I got it so cheap. If Vette were selling this, I'm pretty sure it would have gone for a lot more...and with no more superior photos either.
It doesn't appear to have been cleaned, at least as best I can tell and with thanks to @physics-fan3.14's book. There is some original luster on it, but the coin appeals to me solely on it's superior detail when compared to my other '21. I'm thinking it would fare well in the slabbed coin world, but I defer to the greater experience of this audience.
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