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1889-S Morgan Silver Dollar - Looks MS-60 To My Amatuer Eyes.?

 
 
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 Posted 05/18/2019  6:07 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add cranberry to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Any help appreciated... looks really nice to me...


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 Posted 05/18/2019  6:50 pm  Show Profile   Check GrapeCollects's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add GrapeCollects to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
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 Posted 05/18/2019  10:17 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add westernsky to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'd go with 62. It's a near miss 63.
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 Posted 05/18/2019  10:51 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add kanga to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
MS-63 wouldn't surprise me.
Describe it as if there were no picture.
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 Posted 05/18/2019  10:56 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add fortcollins to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It's a soft strike, most evident on the obverse. The second cotton blossom, cap, cap fold, big bear claw, lower ear lobe, and hair above the ear are weak. The reverse weakness is more subtle, but is evident on the talons, legs, and ribbon. IMHO, this earns a half point deduction if the coin is uncirculated.

There is just a little too much glare in the obverse photos to be confident of a grade. There could be a touch of wear on the hair and on the eagle's breast, but if not, the contact marks make this coin a 62. On the obverse, the contact marks over the eye, in the visual center of the cheek,and between the cap and the UM of UNUM are consistent with a 62. The reverse is better, but the field contacts above the motto cap the reverse at a 63. Because of the strike, the blended grade would be a 62, again, if there is no wear.

You have the coin in hand and can distinguish between strike weakness and wear by looking at the luster on the weak points. If the luster matches the surface in protected areas, what we are seeing is just strike weakness, If the weak areas show less luster, then there is a hint of circulation, and the coin would easily straight grade as a 58.

It's a nice coin, and 1889-S is still a bit of a tough date, despite the bags discovered in the great silver rush of the 1950s and 1960s.
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 Posted 05/19/2019  07:01 am  Show Profile   Check westcoin's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add westcoin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
with the above assessment it's MS62 for me, weaker strike too a MS63 wouldn't be a stretch. High end AU if luster is broken.
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 Posted 05/19/2019  09:53 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add panzaldi to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
MS62+ probably would slab at 63
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 Posted 05/20/2019  12:33 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
MS-62, good shot at 63 I agree.
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 Posted 05/22/2019  7:27 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Jon Brand to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Ill go with 62. I like 1889 s for a date. Tough to find nice ones.
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 Posted 05/23/2019  12:14 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add SilverDollar2017 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
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 Posted 05/23/2019  12:56 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add KenKat to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It's better than a 60, I am at 62 also
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