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 Posted 10/09/2011  1:20 pm Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add D0ubl3Eagle to your friends list Get a Link to this Message

What are your thoughts with regards to grade? Thanks.



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 Posted 10/09/2011  1:45 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Apollo to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I would say AU50-55 ,could grade higher but the obverse has some marks and wear on it.

Nice coin!
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 Posted 10/13/2011  12:38 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add molydeii to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
No it's not almost uncirculated, at least that's not what I think. It more looks like, in British grading, a Very Good coin, maybe a little less than a very fine. It has some dings and mings on the King's effigy. 1920 Half Crowns suffer from weakly struck tail's side, so it's nice that the three lions on crest looks clear, at least the two in the bottom. This is typical. Fully struck specimens command a premium. Your coin is still a nice one, after switching to a lower silver alloy (%50) in 1920, many people didn't hoard post-1920 silver coins, at least not in a decent shape. Still a very lovely one to hold on I assume. Seems to be cleaned sometime in the past.
My favourite saying about grading goes "ask five dealers about grade of a single coin, you'^ll get six different opinions".
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 Posted 10/15/2011  12:17 am  Show Profile Check Jaobler's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Jaobler to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Boy Molydeii, that's some tough grading! I know standards are more strict for European coins but this one looks a lot better than VG to me. The sharp reverse detail on crown, lions, and harp suggest solid EF. Maybe the softer obverse would net it down to VF30 but I can't see this as a heavily worn coin.
Just my opinion of course. I just bought a couple British coins that I'll post soon. Hopefully I didn't overgrade them and pay too much.
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 Posted 10/15/2011  08:52 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add molydeii to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I am, by no means, an expert of grading. I am just a collector, even much younger than most regulars here I think.

Below are the photos of a weakly struck uncirculated 1920 half crown. It's not a high resolution picture but please note the surface and the crest.

The other two are a weakly struck 1915 Halfcrown, also in full lustre BUT British Extra-fine + condition due to possible bag marks on the high points of king's effigy, thus affecting the condition. It has a higher relief of king's effigy than post-1920 issues. Please note the crest and royal coat of arms as well. Grading is a very difficult business, and mostly not two people think similar or alike.

However, double eagle's piece is still a very lovely and worth to hold on piece. 1920-21 and 22 issues generaly come off very circulated, people didn't saved them, instead they stick to sterling silver 1911-1919 Halfcrowns.

The letter "P" in "Pense" on the motto of the Halfcrown is generally one of the highest points in a such coin. The wear on that letter tells us how long and much a coin is circulated. I learned than on this forum from one of the very oldschool (thanks sel_69) British coin collectors.

So, I still think double eagle's halfcrown is a British VG or maybe VG+ coin. Though, this is purely my opinion. Generally coins look better at hand than in scans.





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10/15/2011 08:54 am
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 Posted 02/17/2012  11:49 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add lark256 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
i have a sm coll of fo coins a I find that the community and you are on the money
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 Posted 03/30/2012  4:45 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add britcoin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
regardless of the grade it gets it a very nice coin. I am looking through some posts and the more I do the more jealous I get
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