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Crazy Eye Appeal - 1968-D Washington Quarter - Please Grade

 
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 Posted 07/12/2018  8:05 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add CollegeBarbers to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'm not sure I'd risk cracking it out, I think it looks great as is! That's quite the result for a 68-D, congrats!
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 Posted 07/12/2018  8:09 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
67 Shield? Shut my mouth. Congrats.
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 Posted 07/12/2018  8:23 pm  Show Profile   Check silverwolf's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add silverwolf to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Leave it as it is..Nice coin..
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 Posted 07/12/2018  8:41 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add kevcoins to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'm starting to think that posting super close-up pictures of coins can (sometimes) reveal minor defects that may or may not affect grade. For example, compare my original pics to the recent (slabbed) pics; it's like night and day. Or maybe I'm totally wrong. Just sharing my opinion.
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 Posted 07/12/2018  9:27 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Earle42 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Don't crack it out, you are never assured of that grade again.

Very nice quarter
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 Posted 07/13/2018  04:36 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Retail value is around $93,just wondering how much you have into it as of now? Also wondering if anyone is going to pay retail because of the Machine Doubling?Just wondering all.
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 Posted 07/13/2018  4:33 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add kevcoins to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
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Retail value is around $93,just wondering how much you have into it as of now? Also wondering if anyone is going to pay retail because of the Machine Doubling?Just wondering all.


Here's the story (keep in mind I bought these coins (online auction) in November 2017 and I started collecting in June 2017)...

I paid $40 for four mint sets (66,67,68,69) & $15 for shipping. They were not in the original mint packaging but in plastic set holders. The coins looked good as far as I could tell from the pictures and at that point I was focused on collecting silver Kennedy half dollars (my silver KHD phase).

I tried my best to evaluate the KHDs (without opening or taking them out of the holder) and just glanced over the rest of the coins. They seemed to be in good condition but nothing really caught my eye. So, I put the sets in a box in my closet with all my other modern era coins and shortly thereafter I was out of the silver KHD/modern era collecting phase.

About 6 months later and after learning that a 1969 Washington quarter is extremely rare in MS67 or higher grade I grabbed those sets and decided to open them for a closer look. I couldn't believe what I saw; most of the coins looked amazing. Especially the 1969 Washington quarter (see below...) and the 1968-D you can see in this topic. I have a 1969-D Quarter from the same sets I believe is at least MS67+ possibly MS68.

So, to answer your question; if you divide $55 by 20 coins I paid $2.75 for each, add $65 for the express grading fee (I know, stupid move), dropped them off at the Long Beach Expo and paid about $20 for return shipping. That comes to about $90 for the 1968-D. Not a great result but I thought it would grade at least MS67+. Learning experience.

Now here comes the exciting part of this long and drawn out story. I submitted the 1969 Washington quarter to PCGS and it came back... Click the link for results - https://www.PCGS.com/cert/35719750 - Pretty cool!

I paid $2.75, plus $65 express service and $20 return shipping for the 1969 Washington quarter. A much better result.

So I learned a few things through all of this:

1.) Don't judge a book by it's cover; you have to open it to read it. Pop a coin out of one of your nasty looking mint sets; you might find a hidden gem!

2.) I'll be extra cautious when submitting coins with Machine Doubling (as I did with the 1968-D feature in this topic). Probably never do it again, LOL. This is obvious to experienced collectors but I figured it wouldn't hurt the grade considering MD occurs during the minting process. It makes sense to me now. Lesson learned.

3.) Take a risk on a purchase once in a while; you never know what you may find.

4.) Don't overlook collector made sets. The four sets I purchased must have been put together by someone who knew the coins were special and wanted to preserve them. I'd love to know who's there were so I could share the results of the 1969 Washington quarter.

Thank you,

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 Posted 07/14/2018  05:23 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Can you post a pic of the 69 in the slab please? PCGS prices are much too high,look here and eBay sold values http://www.coinprices.org/cgi/usrar...proof=&plus=
You did real well on the 1969.
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 Posted 07/14/2018  6:00 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add kevcoins to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
My 1969 Washington quarter:



My Coin (Left) Compared to Another PCGS MS67 (from eBay):



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 Posted 07/14/2018  6:40 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add kevcoins to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
My 1969-D Washington quarter: Luster/Eye Appeal Are Amazing In Hand. Has anyone seen a Washington quarter (from this era) with comparable luster?




My Coin (left) vs PCGS MS68: I also included a close up image of the mint mark. Could this be a D/D RPM? I'll create a new topic.




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 Posted 07/14/2018  6:48 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Pretty special coin, I'll agree!
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 Posted 07/14/2018  10:04 pm  Show Profile   Check paralyse's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add paralyse to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The heavy flowlines on such a late die state strike tend to pick up and reflect light in unusual ways, which can create some really amazing effects with the luster.

That 69D is a stone cold stunner, if it comes back less than 67+ I'd be furious with PCGS. Eye appeal is spectacular. I don't think it's an RPM, but an artifact from the worn dies.
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 Posted 07/14/2018  10:25 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Chase007 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Wow !! speechless
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 Posted 07/18/2018  01:20 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add luvmyCAM to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Holy Toledo MS67? Well I'll be danged. I was going to say 64. Alright man you made out ok for sure. Its difficult to bring out a coins appeal in photographs and apparently your coin is snazzy in hand.
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 Posted 07/18/2018  8:21 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add USSID18 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Wow! Jeeezzzz, that 68-D grade is shocking to me! I owe moxking, Coinfrog, SilverDollar2017 and BassPro an apology. I was thinking "NO-WAY" you guys are crazy! Now I know why I'm not a grader! All those hits, the hair lines look really weak or worn, plus I don't see any breast feathers?!?!?! I don't know, maybe the 68-D's weren't struck very well!?!?! I thought it would be fun to push back on this grade. Maybe I'll learn something. Why is no one challenging the grade of this coin? (not that it really matters at this point) Are you not seeing what I'm seeing?


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Does anyone have advice on how to remove gunk from a coin without damaging it? Are there certain cleaning products that don't alter toning/luster.

It's probably not worth it but does anyone think that removing the gunk from the coin and resubmitting to PCGS would result in a higher grade? I'd settle for MS67+ and be thrilled with a MS68 (although highly unlikely).


Were you thinking of breaking it out? Don't! I think you're way ahead of the game on this one! I really can't believe you got the grade you did! Congratulations! Outstanding results on your 69-D as well!

Look at the hair lines and breast feathers on these Mint States.. I don't get it. But again, congratulations!

https://www.PCGS.com/Photograde/#/W...ngton/Grades
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