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For Grading - 1935 S Mercury Dime

 
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 Posted 11/29/2022  10:39 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add HumblePie to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I would like to hear some grading opinions on this dime. Great luster. When I bought the dime I thought the place you see going from the forehead to the back of the wing tip was a staple scratch. After looking at it under a scope I thought it could be a die scratch/file line, or still a staple scratch? Thanks for any help!

I already have the coin in a close fit defender holder that is kind of a pain to get out. If you need photos out of the holder I can do that.


















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 Posted 11/29/2022  11:10 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'll say MS-62, not FSB.
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 Posted 11/29/2022  11:17 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Jakes Coins to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I will say ms63 also not fsb
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 Posted 11/29/2022  12:46 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add panzaldi to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
MS63 or 64. I'm going with MS63 no FSB
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 Posted 11/29/2022  1:46 pm  Show Profile   Check Zurie's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Zurie to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'd say MS-63. Some nice die cracks, but that line running from behind the eye is definitely a small scratch on the coin, not the die.
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 Posted 11/29/2022  2:43 pm  Show Profile   Check shantiom's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add shantiom to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Die clash of reverse D of Dime on Obverse at K.11-11.45; I don't know to grade Mercs, will leave it for others.
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 Posted 11/29/2022  2:45 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add TobyJ to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I think it's a nice MS64 personally.
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 Posted 11/29/2022  3:15 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add HumblePie to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Some nice die cracks, but that line running from behind the eye is definitely a small scratch on the coin, not the die.


Here is a close up of that area. I tried for a photo without the light hitting and giving a reflection.




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 Posted 11/29/2022  3:41 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Ty2020b to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'm at MS64 on this one, great die cracks! Edit: also looks like some extensive die polishing in the fields between B E R.
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 Posted 11/29/2022  3:45 pm  Show Profile   Check Zurie's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Zurie to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Hard to tell from your latest photo, but your first closeups suggest that the lower line is incuse, compared to the parallel die crack above it. With the light source coming from the same direction (from below), it should have a shadow similar to the die crack if it was a raised line from a die scratch.
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 Posted 12/01/2022  6:28 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add paralyse to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It's a die crack.

Our eyes have a hard time determining relief when not all of the context is visible. In other words, when you look at the last few photos, it can look as though the cap "wing" and lettering are incuse (sunk into the surface of the coin) instead of being raised above the surface of the coin like they actually are. This effect is not noticed as much on the couple of photos where the "T" in ..RTY is visible in-frame, which gives us a clear reference point to determine that those areas are in fact raised.

The very last photo you can tell that the metal of the crack is definitely raised above the adjacent surfaceS.
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 Posted 12/02/2022  06:45 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add kenwright396 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
MS-64, great luster.
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 Posted 12/02/2022  11:27 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add IndianGoldEagle to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Looks MS-64 to me.
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