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1857 One Quarter Anna, East India find! Grade?  
 

 
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 Posted 08/10/2017  02:03 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Spartcom5 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Found this coin for a couple of cents. Pretty excited when I came across it. Didn't know it was rare until I looked it up. Needless to say I am pretty happy, but what would this grade as? Could it possibly be an XF 40? Any help is greatly appreciated!




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 Posted 08/10/2017  06:50 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add peter1234 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'm putting a UK grade on it of GF+ far too much wear to reach any VF status.
Nice collectable condition and for "cents" I would of snapped it up.
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 Posted 08/10/2017  06:56 am  Show Profile   Check jdmern's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add jdmern to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Too much wear for XF 40... Mid grade VF, but a very nice find nonetheless
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 Posted 08/10/2017  07:29 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add moxking to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
These grade easiest depending on lion's faces and motto scroll. A U.S. grade would be VF-20.
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 Posted 08/10/2017  10:17 am  Show Profile   Check jdmern's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add jdmern to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

Quote:
These grade easiest depending on lion's faces


Actually, the lions faces are not a great way to grade... Many times, these are not struck particularly well... I have seen UNC examples with 'mushy' lions faces...
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 Posted 08/10/2017  11:27 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Hogarth to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Yes, I would agree with Peter, UK Good Fine (US F18-F20? I'm never sure of the conversion).

JD is right about the lion's faces on these. I have an 1835 (attached) on which, although well preserved enough to be showing some residual lustre, faces still display some flattening, or are a little 'mushy' as described.


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08/11/2017 04:28 am
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These coins turn up surprisingly commonly in mint state with near full red mint luster.
Obviously, they never circulated.
Another characteristic is the weak strike on tbe lions' faces.

Same also seems to happen quite often with Quarter Annas of other dates of British India even extending into the reign of George V1.

Perhaps another in the CCF can offer a reason why this is so.
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