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 Posted 10/21/2019  09:54 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Willburton to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I've had this one a while and while going through some of my collection and came across this one. The only hit I see on the coin is right in the center line of the torch, along with a couple minor scratches just below that hit. Would this distract from FT? What would you guys grade this coin?



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 Posted 10/21/2019  10:26 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Biedercoins to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I looked at the pics before I read your text and thought that if there could be a worse place for a hit, I'm not sure where it would be, re: FSB. Is that a scratch on the obverse hair forward of her cap or a continuation of the die scratch apparent on the neck? Gotta be at least a 65 wouln't you think?
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 Posted 10/21/2019  10:36 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Willburton to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks Bieder. Yea That line on the obverse is a continuation of the crack in the hair. I looked it up to confirm. Also, yea the worst place for a hit and I was thinking 65 maybe 66 but not higher. Some of the 65s I've looked at have a few hits.
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 Posted 10/21/2019  11:03 am  Show Profile   Check GrapeCollects's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add GrapeCollects to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
AU58 or MS65 can't tell if it's strike weakness or rub

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 Posted 10/21/2019  11:22 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Curious lack of luster, at least in these pics. By the way, that is not a "torch" but rather a fasces, which represents strength and unity.
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 Posted 10/21/2019  11:29 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add moxking to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Not FSB. Flat photos really don't show high points well. It's a total guess between 58 and 63.
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 Posted 10/21/2019  11:37 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Willburton to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Yea frog its not a very flashy one, (Slightly toned)and grape it does seem to have a weak or lite grease strike on the obverse.
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Here's my biggest concern. The head on the obverse, and ribbon, bottom of the fasces and leaves all show weakness that would be unusual for a mint state coin, but normal for a lightly circulated coin
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 Posted 10/21/2019  7:03 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Willburton to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It's definitely a mint stare coin. No circulation here
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 Posted 10/21/2019  7:16 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Biedercoins to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Hmmm... I was thinking weak strike. From these pics I'm not seeing the nicks and scratches one would expect from circulation. Unless it's been polished. But then you wouldn't see the flow patterns I see here. I dunno. If it isn't mint, then it fooled me.
- About two score and seven+ years ago, I began a Lincoln cent collection. I have all, most in AU or better & am upgrading to MS as possible.
- I collect all coins minted 1809, 1859, 1909, 1959, and 2009. Lincoln and C.Darwin were both born in 1809. The latter published his "On the Origin of Species.." in 1859, the Lincoln cent debuted in 1909, and after that it just seemed like a good way to show the evolution of US coinage. Most non-nums to whom I've shown these react with the phrase, "I had no idea!" That alone shows their worth.
- I've completed MS sets of Jeffersons & MS specimens of other 5 nickels; Franklins done. Roosies mostly done. I enjoy hunting for WLH and "winged liberty" dimes.
-- If I left my early Washington quarter book at one of y'alls house, please ring me up.
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 Posted 10/21/2019  9:48 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add CoinCollector2012 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Looks like a weak strike to me.

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 Posted 10/21/2019  10:09 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add macmercury to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I like it, the typical die crack also is shown by the wing tip, not sure about the luster but likely not FSB.

Its certainly in MS, but anywhere from 61-65.

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 Posted 10/22/2019  10:26 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add panzaldi to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
weak strike. eye appeal 6/10, not FSB. MS63 due to strike and eye appeal
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 Posted 10/22/2019  9:27 pm  Show Profile   Check bandsdean's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add bandsdean to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Like it. Should go 64 at least.
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 Posted 10/24/2019  09:06 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add just carl to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'd go along with a MS grade but just not sure exactly which one. Anywhere from MS-60 to -64.
And about 95% FSB.
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 Posted 10/24/2019  12:42 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Susanlynn9 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
MS64. No FSB.
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