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1923 S DDO 001 Buffalo Nickel

 
 
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 Posted 06/23/2019  11:01 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add luvmyCAM to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Picked this off ebay, had a hunch it was the 001 but pics were blurry. In hand it looks like it is. PacMan looking 9 wobbly 2 and fat 3 of date match known examples on the web. Anyone else have a better example for comparison? Liberty doesn't show much but its thicker than the normal 23 S'. The last black and white of date is an example attributed to varietyvista.






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 Posted 06/23/2019  11:25 pm  Show Profile   Check GrapeCollects's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add GrapeCollects to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I think you got it! Great cherry!
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 Posted 06/24/2019  12:28 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add fortcollins to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Even though Variety Vista and Wexler don't mention die markers, there are two possible markers.

The first is a "Y" shaped cluster of die scratches above the "2" in the date. The VV photo shows these scratches. The second is a horizontal cluster of three very weak die scratches through the "RTY" of LIBERTY. Would you be able to capture clearer closeups of those two areas on your coin?

I think you have it, but those scratches might be the clincher on a well circulated coin.
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 Posted 06/24/2019  07:28 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add luvmyCAM to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Wasn't able to get better pic of Liberty but the date seems to show similar die scratches above date. Using clip on scope sorry.
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 Posted 06/26/2019  09:35 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add just carl to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
As usual a well circulated coin though.
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 Posted 06/27/2019  8:19 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add fortcollins to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The scratches are very weak, but I can barely make them out. I think you have it, but I can't be 100% sure.

Here are the Variety Vista pics with the scratches marked:




Here are your photos with the scratches marked. Only one scratch above the date is visible.


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 Posted 06/29/2019  12:18 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add luvmyCAM to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks FortCollins for the research. Looked at over 2500 nickels trying to put a 69 coin series set together in VG8 average. Very challenging, more difficult than I first considered. I ran into many cleaned, lamination tears, environmental damage, scratched, or just down right ugly nickels. Of note to myself was the more than occasional brick and mortar store offering these at straight grade prices. I ended up buying (I think) one cleaned 1919 D out of them all. Although rudimentary I applied what I learned putting my Lincoln and Walker sets together this was a guide but learned quickly its dog eat dog on Buffaloes and that I was bound to err. I did.However had the thrill of the hunt at a much higher level than putting together the Walkers. To me Buffaloes are the wild west, still many great bargains out there without the costly margins When
mistakes are made. My total cost was $1,327.00 for the series non error. I insisted on certified key and semi-key dates as not only insurance but as a guide for my next set -starting shortly in VF minimum. Did notice some peculiar coins that are supposed to be cheap and readily available. They weren't. 2 that come to mind without my notes were the 1921 P and 1918 P both were difficult to locate with full dates and decent strike in VG8 to Fine , I ended up paying a premium over book for them. I am captivated by this series.
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