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Characteristics Of MS? - Proof Like? - DMPL?

 
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 Posted 02/27/2014  8:32 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Domain555 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
1881 S Morgan - MS? - Proof Like? - DMPL?

What are the characteristics between the 3 areas of..

MS
Proof Like
DMPL

Sure hope my Morgan is the later.

Are pictures required to explain the general characteristics?
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 Posted 02/27/2014  10:51 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add smokeriderdon to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
MS is simply uncirculated. The luster is complete and, obviously, no wear. PL and DMPL coins are MS coins that were (generally speaking) struck early on in the production life of the die. The dies were prepared extremely well and gave excellent strikes. PL will reflect text in the fields a certain distance and DMPL reflects further. I can not remember the distances, but 2 inches and 5 inches seems to sound close.

And YES, pics are needed to say anything about a coins condition.
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The acceptable parameters for Prooflike and DMPL Morgans are: Field reflectivity such that you can easily read 12pt newspaper type at a distance of 4" minimum, at all points in the fields of both sides, for PL and a minimum of 6" (that's tightening these days) for DMPL. If you have one of these, you know it. A DMPL Morgan is blinding, and reflected direct light will hurt your eyes to look. You can truly shave in such a coin.
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Thank you for the clarification Dave. I figured someone would correct me on that part. :)
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It's kind of a moving target, man - the TPG's have tightened up that standard while you and I have been busy posting here at CCF.

But, as far as I know, 12pt black type on white background is the closest thing to a "standard" for measuring reflectivity.
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