i love being the outlier here by so much
...I'd pick #1 all day. although I love the eye appeal of the second coin, it graded lower because of all the reverse scratching which absolutely kills it for me.
the first piece is a technically higher grade, with more beautiful luster, while the second one is beautiful but inferior by far due to the reverse scratching which relative to the size of the coin seems pretty major. the only thing saving the second coin's eye appeal and hiding the scratches is that toning.
feel free to call me Will. I'm a 19 year old collector from the GTA area of Mississauga, Ontario.
my PMs are always open, whether you have a question or simply wish to talk.