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1909 S VDB Lincoln Wheat Cents - Which Do You Keep?

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 Posted 08/08/2019  3:53 pm Show Profile   Check tropicalbats's eBay Listings Bookmark this topic Add tropicalbats to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Just picked up a nice 1909-S VDB that I'm sending off to PCGS and expecting MS-63 BN. The one I already had is stunning, but lightly cleaned. So, assuming I get MS-63 on the one I'm sending off, which do I keep for the collection as I can't afford to have two of these sitting around.

The new one heading for PCGS





The lightly cleaned one



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 Posted 08/08/2019  3:56 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Jim0815 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
In my opinion, the new one. Both are stunning examples.
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 Posted 08/08/2019  5:17 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add coop to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The first one is a earlier die state and the colorful one.
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 Posted 08/08/2019  5:17 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add nemlas to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The brighter one is better looking and I think has better details.
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 Posted 08/08/2019  5:23 pm  Show Profile   Check SilverCents's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add SilverCents to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Wow, where did you get these and how much? Hope you don't mind me asking.
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 Posted 08/08/2019  5:24 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'd be hard pressed to choose! Both are very nice examples.
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 Posted 08/08/2019  5:32 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add moxking to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'd bet your expectation of 63 Brown on the first example is too conservative. I'd bet on a 64.
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 Posted 08/08/2019  5:37 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add QuarterHoarder72 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'd keep the BN one. In my opinion, it's better to have an original BN than a cleaned RB. I like originality.
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 Posted 08/08/2019  6:08 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add coop to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
To me the color one looks hokey in color. It would probably get a genuine coin, but with no grade because of an artificial color issue.
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 Posted 08/08/2019  6:28 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Evan7 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Both!
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 Posted 08/08/2019  7:07 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jstav to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
tough decision, but fortunate position to be in!
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 Posted 08/08/2019  7:13 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
In the end I want to own problem-free coins and notes, especially if they're scarce. I'll go with the new (first) one.
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 Posted 08/08/2019  7:23 pm  Show Profile   Check GrapeCollects's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add GrapeCollects to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'd go with the first, IMO it has better eye appeal
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 Posted 08/08/2019  7:57 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Errers and Varietys to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I would sell the lightly cleaned one on eBay or something. Keep the first one.
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 Posted 08/08/2019  8:12 pm  Show Profile   Check tropicalbats's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add tropicalbats to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks for the comments! Was out and just getting a chance to check on things. I like that Coop pointed out the earlier die state, as that sorta does matter to me when I factor in things. But honestly the cleaned one looks even nicer in hand than in the pics. It's gorgeous in hand and looks great.

I have until my coin gets to, and back from, PCGS to make up my mind. Certainly if moxking is onto something and it comes back 64 then the decision is made. Otherwise I personally tend to not collect cleaned coins but over the years I have come to understand that the coin is still the coin and it is a totally arbitrary thing that cleaning is frowned upon. Sure, don't use borax and steel wool but even the TPGs offer cleaning now as "restoration" so why not go with the best looking coin? I dunno. I'll be pondering this one for a bit yet, and yes, a fine predicament to be in.



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 Posted 08/08/2019  8:41 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add KenKat to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
This is a simple question to answer.

You keep the first one and store it in it's slab.

You put the second one in your Dansco or equivalent album.

Problem solved!
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