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1899 Barber Half Dollar W/ O Mint - Send For Grading?

 
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 Posted 09/21/2019  01:10 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Shaw119 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Good evening. I found this coin on a farm that has been in my family for 5 generations. I would like to know your thoughts on whether I should send it for grading. It appears to be in beautiful condition but I am not an expert. I would appreciate your opinions on grade and approximate value although I have no intention of selling this heirloom item. It is quite possible my Great Grandfather or Grandmother lost this coin while enjoying the shade of a small tree that is much older and larger now.

Thank you all in advance.



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 Posted 09/21/2019  01:27 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Gincoin43 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Found where? It doesn't exactly look like its been in the ground.

Since it looks cleaned id say maybe $80 raw, but thats a guess really.
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 Posted 09/21/2019  01:37 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Shaw119 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I found this on edge at 12 inches while metal detecting. Other than wiping the dirt off this is how it came out of the ground.
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 Posted 09/21/2019  02:21 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Shaw119 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Here are some better pictures with improved lighting



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 Posted 09/21/2019  02:32 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Gincoin43 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
That's an awesome find. If you are not going to sell it the only reason I can see to get it graded is if you wanted it to be slabbed. I personally would put it in an airtight.
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 Posted 09/21/2019  02:43 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Gincoin43 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
As for a grade vf35 maybe.
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 Posted 09/21/2019  03:46 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add westernsky to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
VF, cleaned, but still a nice find!

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 Posted 09/21/2019  08:02 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add T-BOP to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Excellent find . I agree to VF-35 A $150- $200 coin retail , not harshly cleaned .
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 Posted 09/21/2019  09:00 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
VF-35 sounds right, but I can't get a good handle on whether it's been cleaned.



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I agree with the others. put it in an airtight and enjoy it. although the coin is VF it does not warrant slabbing and will most likely come back as a details coin. this means its either been cleaned or environmental damage from being in the ground. the original surfaces have been removed from being buried over the years. cool find
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 Posted 09/21/2019  10:02 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add IndianGoldEagle to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
VF-35, hard to tell from these photos if it was cleaned.
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 Posted 09/21/2019  12:56 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Gincoin43 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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I found this on edge at 12 inches while metal detecting. Other than wiping the dirt off this is how it came out of the ground.


How'd you get the dirt off?
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 Posted 09/21/2019  2:41 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Shaw119 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It came out of the ground very clean. I spit on it and rub with my thumb in the field. When I got to the house I used a soft damp towel and lightly brushed.
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I spit on it and rub with my thumb in the field


So whey you rub dirt off, In any way, you are pushing those dirt particles up against the coin in order to get them to move. There is sand in most dirt, which can contain particles that are harder than the coin.
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 Posted 09/21/2019  11:40 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Shaw119 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
So how should I get debris off the coin?
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 Posted 09/22/2019  12:13 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Gincoin43 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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So how should I get debris off the coin?

I don't think I can give you a good answer on that. My apologies. If you mean just to look at the date, you might be ok gently rinsing it with water.
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