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Thoughts On This Rhode Island Half? Grade And Price

 
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 Posted 11/25/2019  11:12 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add BGLI to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hoping experts can provide opinion on a grade and price? thanks very much



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 Posted 11/25/2019  11:35 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Could you give us a larger pic of the obverse?
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as requested- a hopefully larger image of Rhode Island reverse. thanks very much.



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 Posted 11/25/2019  2:58 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The mark next to the anchor detracts, but should still make 65 easily.
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 Posted 11/25/2019  3:13 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add BGLI to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
if seller has in a PCGS holder grading 66 you feel that might be overgraded? worth $170?
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Where's commens and ftcollins ?
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I would not consider the coin shown to be a choice MS-66 example. There appear to be divots on the feathers of the Native American on the obverse - a primary focal point. I am positive you can find an example with cleaner/more attractive surfaces.

The price point of $170 is OK, but not a "bargain" - especially with the divots.

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Philadelphia and Denver Rhode Island halves are fairly common in higher grades. It's all about eye appeal for those coins. (The San Francisco is a pricey and known condition scarcity in higher grades.)

The posted coin has the usual scuffing on high points and some minor chatter throughout the obverse and reverse. The obverse in particular has some troubling contact marks, including the gouge on the Indian's feathers noted by @commems. Other visible dings on the obverse include the Indian's outstretched arm and shoulder, the rim at 11:30, and several numbers and letters in the legend. The reverse scratch to the left of the anchor was noted by @Coinfrog.

All in all, I could see this one going as an eyeball 65-ish on a bourse floor, but it wouldn't snag full price because of the contact marks. I could see this one trading right at Greysheet. Better P and D examples are out there, and likely for around the same price. JMHO.
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Thanks everyone for your time evaluating this coin which I bought for about $170 in a PCGS MS 66 slab. I am learning a lot about proper grading from all your observations. I pretty much stay away from raw coins (until my grading skills get better)and learning that even slabs are not problem free as well. Most concerned about getting a fake slab. Thanks all and enjoy your holiday!
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Feel free to post here and ask about any coin before purchasing. commems ,fortcollins and others have years of knowledge to share
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 Posted 11/27/2019  01:32 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add freddo30 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I've often thought that I would never buy anything if I looked at it too closely. This coin is an example ; the Indian's skull fracture, battle wounds, obv rim damage at 12 o'clock and the long scrape by the anchor IMHO caps the coin at 63. Decent skin and reasonable canoe bow abrasion are nice at arm's length.
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