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Question - Grading a 1955-S Dime  
 

 
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 Posted 04/20/2017  10:19 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Celtic33 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hi everyone. I'm new to the hobby having inherited a few coins from a relative. I'm trying to get an idea of how some of the coins would be graded.

Would anyone be able to tell me how they might grade this 1955-S Dime?

Sorry for the picture quality - if anyone can give me advice on how to take the best pictures of coins (lighting, background, angle, etc.) I'd appreciate it!

Thanks very much for the help.



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 Posted 04/21/2017  03:54 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coconutjoe to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

higher resolution photo will be needed for better opinion, but I will guess at MS65 or MS64 with the photos that you posted.

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 Posted 04/21/2017  08:22 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add T-BOP to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Even with the fuzzy photos , your Dime looks like about MS-64 .
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 Posted 04/21/2017  09:34 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Celtic33 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks for the feedback. Is grading more of a gut feeling or are there specific things that you look at to add/subtract points? Also, any advice on how to take a better quality picture? I used my iPhone 7 for these but could use a real camera if that would work better. Thanks again for the feedback.
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 Posted 04/21/2017  09:59 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Oijogja to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Hi Celtic33, grading is a codified but imprecise (i.e. somewhat subjective) measurement using the Sheldon scale. You can check out more about them here:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/She...rading_scale

http://www.PCGS.com/grades/

The PCGS link has images for reference so you can get a better visual sense of the differences between grades. They also offer an app called Photograde that has images for each coin type in a similar fashion.

Coin photography can be a little tough to get right. There is a subforum here dedicated to it if you'd like to browse through that.

http://goccf.com/f/81

The main goals will be making sure your picture is in focus directly above the coin or area of interest, avoiding glare, and cropping your photograph to eliminate irrelevant context. A darker background may be worth a try, and you can try diffusing or bouncing your light source, though the folks in the photography forum should have much better advice than what I can give.

Hope this helps and welcome to the forum.
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 Posted 04/21/2017  4:28 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Need sharper pics on this.



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