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I Picked Up Another Morgan Dollar 1887.

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 Posted 09/10/2019  12:46 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Sasquatch to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I recently picked this up. What are your opinions on a grade.

I am trying new lighting on my photos. Any suggestions on that would be appreciated.



The first two pictures are with minimal accent light. I use this setup to show maximum surface details.





The last two I used my desk lamp with removes lens and put my camera through the hole.


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 Posted 09/10/2019  1:08 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add James Hicks to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Very nice! I would say, MS-64, but I am not professional.
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 Posted 09/10/2019  1:13 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add SilverDollar2017 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
AU Details, cleaned
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 Posted 09/10/2019  1:20 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Reverse in particular appears lightly cleaned or mishandled. This is a hard one to call.
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 Posted 09/10/2019  1:42 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Zurie to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Some of those light hairlines might be die polishing lines. There might be a trace of wear on the wingtip, but I'd go with MS-63. Hard to assess the surfaces with the lighting.
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 Posted 09/10/2019  1:48 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add QuarterHoarder72 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It looks like a nice coin but it may be lightly polished. Like stated above, the pictures make it a little tough to tell if it's been cleaned.
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 Posted 09/10/2019  2:06 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Sasquatch to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Is it a possible proof?
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 Posted 09/10/2019  3:01 pm  Show Profile   Check GrapeCollects's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add GrapeCollects to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It is a proof, VAM32. PF Unc Details Cleaned
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 Posted 09/10/2019  3:51 pm  Show Profile   Check paralyse's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add paralyse to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Yes, this is a proof. GC beat me to the punch.

I think they will pass it with a straight grade given that some proofs from this era were handled and wiped/cleaned directly by the Mint or Treasury employees to keep them "presentable" for potential buyers.

I call it Proof 64 net 63, full grade. Needs to be slabbed unless you're building a Proof Morgan Dansco or something else equally outrageous.
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 Posted 09/10/2019  4:36 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add CoinCollector2012 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Glad to know I wasn't the only one that thought it was a proof...

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 Posted 09/10/2019  4:38 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Sasquatch to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks everyone. Are those hairlines common in Morgan proofs. Someone here called them die polishing lines.

I checked my other proofs and they are there. They are only visible under high magnification.

I will slab it eventually but I won't have enough coins to send in until maybe next year.
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 Posted 09/10/2019  4:40 pm  Show Profile   Check paralyse's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add paralyse to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I agree they are probably die polishing lines (at least the ones in the fields that all go the same direction) but there are also a few hairlines particularly on the reverse as Mr. Frog noted.
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 Posted 09/11/2019  08:57 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add KaiserSoze to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
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 Posted 09/11/2019  09:37 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add panzaldi to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
PF63 I think the amount of missing luster holds it from a 64 but this is a tough one if not in hand
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 Posted 09/12/2019  10:50 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add IndianGoldEagle to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I think the hairlines will hold it to PR-63. Still a great coin.
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 Posted 12/08/2019  5:38 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Sasquatch to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I just got it back from grading. Thought you would like to have another stab at it.
I will post the grade tomorrow.
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