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1914 Buffalo Nickel You Vs PCGS

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 Posted 06/02/2021  4:28 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add nfine to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Beautiful bison, MS-65+
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 Posted 06/02/2021  4:38 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add NumisEd to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Last weekend I actually saw bison close-up. Was at Yellowstone.
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 Posted 06/02/2021  8:00 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add fortcollins to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
YOWZA!

Three-and-a-half checkmarks on my buy-it-if-you-see-it scale.

Matching early die states. Check. EMDS obverse and reverse, very nearly EDS for both.
High grade. Check. More on that later.
Well struck. Check. The full rachis is visible on the first feather, as well as the second. LIBERTY is very strong for a 1913-14-15 Buff. The date and ribbons are rock solid. The entire reverse is crisp, with sharp peripheral lettering, strong details on the buffalo's legs, sharp eye, horn, tail, and hair detail.
Minimal clashing and die polishing. Half-check. There is evident clashing, but very little die polishing to remove the clashing.

These dies clashed in a very slightly rotated position. The chin/EPU clash has the early stages of the "comb" beneath the chin, and the chin clash is at an angle between PLURIBUS and UNUM. The "LIB" of LIBERTY / right rear leg clash is visible between the "I" and "B" of LIBERTY. The hairline / ground level clash is visible in the hair part and as a light angled line on the forehead, reflecting the slight rotation. The second feather / buffalo's head clash is very slightly misaligned. The neck / buffalo's back clash is very slightly visible as a slightly hairy neck, into the ribbons. As 1914s go, this is a relatively minimal clash. This is a known die pair, and has a few high grade examples online. (There is one 1914 die pair with a crazy clash that left a virtually complete EPU beneath the chin, Most letters are readable on that one.)

Grading: Zero evidence of circulation, fantastic surfaces.

Obverse: Ding on the eyelid, E-W scratch on the calamus of the second feather into the hair, light dings on and above the knot and at the crease of the chin. Solid MS-65/65+ in the real world, but MS-64 to PCGS.

Reverse: Spectacular. Two small E-W dings on the shoulder, small ding on the ground level near the left rear leg. Solid MS-67. Even PCGS would see the reverse as MS-66.

Bourse floor net grade: easy MS-66, possible eye appeal adjustment to MS-66+.

As for PCGS, they have a bias ceiling at MS-64, and likely will full stop net this one at MS-65. If so, grin all the way to the bank. It's better than that. It's a strong CAC candidate.

Fantastic 1914. BTW, the light golden toning should be familiar by now. Thank Wayte Raymond for that!
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 Posted 06/02/2021  8:47 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add TNG to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Call me crazy but I think I see the top bar of a 3 under the 4 in 1914.
Could this be a 1914/3 ?
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 Posted 06/03/2021  5:27 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Ty2020b to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
@TNG, noticed that too, but given the earlier die state and strong strike, I would expect it to be more pronounced, if it was indeed the "overdate" (I used quotes specifically for you Fortcollins!) Will post better pics when I get it in hand.

Will post the grade in a couple hours.
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 Posted 06/03/2021  7:27 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Zounds, well done, super coin!
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 Posted 06/03/2021  8:03 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add TNG to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
A beautiful Buffalo for sure.
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 Posted 06/04/2021  12:55 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add fortcollins to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'm glad PCGS saw the 66 here. It's a fantastic coin. FWIW, that's the earliest die state I've seen for that die pairing. Truly wonderful 1914. Very well done.

Thanks for the quotation marks. I'll refrain from any comments about the gouged master die.
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 Posted 06/04/2021  7:37 pm  Show Profile   Check westcoin's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add westcoin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Got another one, in Buffalo nickels? Wow fortcollins discussions are paying off for me. Thanks for all your excellent insights on them. I learn a lot from you on Buffalos, and Jon Brand teaches us about Pratt gold, Condor101 is the go to guy on much of the EAC stuff. Such a great community here!

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 Posted 06/04/2021  8:02 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Ty2020b to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
thank you as always FC for your always appreciated input and willingness to share.
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 Posted 06/14/2021  4:59 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Ty2020b to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Got it in hand, finally got to take pics. Great in hand luster, happy to add this one.

@TNG, no sign of the overdate/(die chip).



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 Posted 06/14/2021  5:37 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Oldfordman to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Wow, that's a nice coin!
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 Posted 06/14/2021  7:21 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add fortcollins to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
My friend, that's a truly spectacular 1914. You did very well here.
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 Posted 06/15/2021  09:16 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add panzaldi to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
worthy to be in anyone's collections
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