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 Posted 09/07/2018  6:07 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I agree, AU and likely a details coin. Color doesn't look natural.
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 Posted 09/09/2018  3:54 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Villa Rose to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The dealer rated it coin AU+; no reference to toning. I bought it at a coin show and took what I thought was a good look at it before deciding.

It looked like AU+ to me. I paid a premium over the Red Book price for AU50 because I liked the toning on the obverse. But when I got it home, the toning looked different to me; definitely not as attractive, and sort of artificial, as someone pointed out. Different lighting? Maybe.

Also, I noticed some light spots on the top left hand side of the obverse that I hadn't seen previously.

Based on all of the above, I have nicknamed this coin "Buyer's Remorse."
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 Posted 09/09/2018  7:16 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add SilverDollar2017 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Sorry for the delay in getting back to this thread.

I wouldn't use the Red Book for prices...they are pretty inaccurate. My recommendation is to go off of Numismedia and eBay sold prices.

Looks like questionable toning to me, I'd grade it AU-53 Details, artificial toning.
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 Posted 09/10/2018  06:12 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Villa Rose to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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My recommendation is to go off of Numismedia and eBay sold prices.

Thanks, I'll do that.
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 Posted 09/13/2018  3:29 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Villa Rose to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks to everyone who took the time to respond.
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 Posted 09/13/2018  10:41 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add hadleydog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
AU-55
Toning may be natural, if that is the pull-away effect that I'm seeing (hard to tell for sure, I'm having a hard time enlarging the images on my cellphone).

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09/14/2018 09:10 am
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 Posted 09/14/2018  11:50 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add dave700x to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It's not pull away toning in my opinion. Look at the forth right star as a good example. Authentic pull away toning is uniform to the feature regardless of the size of the pull, the op coin is very random in relationship to the features.
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