big difference between in-hand and TV. in-hand shows a couple scratches on the obv right field. based on the reverse in-hand photos it looks MS but the obv has me on the bubble that it could be a slider
AU58 or MS63. I'm going with the reverse and say its MS63
Quote: I my self was just wondering if they are worth grading
there are 2 reasons to grade a coin
1. you have a rarer coin that needs authentication and preserved 2. you have a coin valued at $150 or more and you are planning on selling it
you have neither with the dime. I have no idea what 50c piece is worth the 42 is common coin with a mintage over 205mm an is worth a couple dollars.
it doesn't make sense unless a coin is worth $150 or more. most seasoned collectors dont even slab their coins due to the cost. you could expect to spend about $22 plus shipping/insurance per coin each way plus a subscription to a grading service. PCGS charges a minimum of $69 for a subscription. so you can see it really is not worth grading any average coin
the weaker obv strike is difficult to determine how much they would deduct for strike. the toning is nice and may add 1/2pt. always hate grading from TV"s though. I cant find any marks or hits on this coin that would warrant deductions. I think the TV grade would be MS66 and like coinfrog I drop it one for TV so MS65.
Jester if possible post in hand photos rather than TV or both for comparison is even better which helps for knowledge base
i'll add that having the coin in hand helps as you can rotate the coin without the glare of lighting. it takes a lot of practice to be able to see through the toning to attempt to determine what the actual surfaces look like and if any luster remains. sometimes the toning is so heavy it pretty much impossible. the reverse of the mercury is pretty heavy and probably would be just a guess determining these surfaces. there may be luster under all of that. looks like there may be some luster on the obv but again it could be light glare. the high point of the devices are saying high AU or MS but this is coin you need to assess in hand. other than that oriole and sel_69l called it. personally I dont like toned coins as many end up like these over time. toning progresses over time and the way a coin is stored affects the progression. my guess is this coin was improperly stored for years most likely in a more humid environment.
2foxy just an fyi. the chances of finding an impaired proof (circulated proof coin) is very slim. I've been collecting over 50 year and never have seen one however it would be good for knowledge to compare a real proof to this coin.
one of the biggest challenges with those starting in this hobby is learning how to determine if a coin has been cleaned or has PMD (post mint damage). polishing would be considered PMD as the value of the coin is pretty much destroyed for collector value whereas if a coin was cleaned it could still have a premium based on how it was cleaned and how bad it was. these coins would receive what is called a "details" designation.
best advice if you are starting to collect plug in here and go through some of the threads to find comments on a cleaned coin to see what responses are seeing on the coin to determine that. this can take years of looking at coins and even then its a challenge especially when grading from photos
a little too much glare from lighting. nice strike on both sides. without better photos MS64 but I think if it looks this good in hand and the toning is consistent I think its a 65 depending on marks which could be obscured