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Morgans and Peace Dollar Scratches a Deal Breaker?

 
 
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 Posted 07/06/2018  3:09 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add frest to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I'm brand new to coin collecting, so I apologize in advance for the lack of basic knowledge. I inherited a sizable coin collection from my grandfather and have been sifting through everything over the past few days. One common factor among many of these coins are scratch marks on otherwise detailed coins. Here's a sampling of a few Morgans and a Peace dollar I picked out of the pile.

Top Left: 1890 CC. From what I can tell this is a somewhat rare coin, but there are two noticeable marks along the neck. The back has a small discolored area along the top.

Top Center: 1921 D. There's some discoloration throughout.

Top Right: 1883 S. Even though the quality of detail is quite high, this seems like it should be thrown out because of the purposeful marking all the way around the edges.

Bottom Left: 1900 O. Front has some minor scratching. Back has discoloration and dings along the edge.

Bottom Right: 1926 S. This one seems to be uncirculated with a brilliant sheen. There is a tiny scratch directly above the upper lip and some faint scuff marks. On the back, the eagle head is discolored.





Let me know if I need to post a bigger image of any particular coin. Overall, I'm wanting to know which, if any, of these types of defects would significantly decrease the value and which ones I should be more forgiving of. Would any of these be worth keeping around? Thanks in advance!
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You've got some nice coins. Discoloration usually isn't anything bad, it does decrease eye appeal and sometimes price. Unless its very severe then it's fine. As well, small scratches aren't bad, but if its huge and very prominent it will be a details coin. The 1890CC and the 1883S are details coins, the others look alright to me.

If you want to remember your grandfather, you can keep all the coins. They're all worth something. None of these should be thrown out. Thanks for sharing and stick around
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 Posted 07/06/2018  6:08 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add moxking to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
For a first post you did fantastic.

It's usually best to show the obverse and reverse of one or two coins per thread. It's easier for us to see them and doesn't require us to have a good memory for a bunch of coins

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 Posted 07/06/2018  6:56 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add numismatic student to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
a nice group of coins with character
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First.....WELCOME!

Second - Do NOT clean any coins....with ANYTHING! Including just polishing them. Do not try to enhance the appearance - only ruins the numismatic value.

Last - ask ALL the questions you need. Great depth of knowledge and experience on this site.
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 Posted 07/06/2018  7:36 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Agree, one or two coins at most per thread, showing both sides, with much larger images please!



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 Posted 07/06/2018  11:27 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add frest to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks for the replies everyone! I appreciate all the helpful tips - now I feel like I have a good starting point to work off of as I look through the rest of the pile. I'll be sure to stick to one or two coins in the future as was suggested!
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 Posted 07/12/2018  10:46 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jmwilson to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I love the color & contrast of a nicely worn Morgan. The 1890 and 1888 have that look. It's too bad someone damaged the 1888.

Leave them as they are ...
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 Posted 07/12/2018  2:29 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Jaobler to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The 1890-CC looks like the "tailbar" variety which is valued higher than the regular version. Please post full-size photos of this coin, at least.
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