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US 1917 S Mercury Dime For Grading And FSB Assessment

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 Posted 01/21/2020  4:54 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Classic Coins to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Please provide grading opinions on this 1917S Mercury dime. I'd also appreciate comments on whether this meets FSB criteria.

I'm trying to learn coin photography with artificial light after mostly shooting in indirect sunlight.




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 Posted 01/21/2020  5:09 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add T-BOP to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
MS-66 FSB . Die polishing lines on neck ?
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Die polishing lines on neck ?

Those lines on the neck and cheek appear to be regular scratches under a loupe, not die polishing lines.

Unfortunately, these photos have more glare than I'd like.
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I'm thinking 64 FSB.

Probably dipped once and that's where the scratches came from. They will hold it back from a higher grade.

All-in-all, it is still a nice looking coin!
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Probably dipped once and that's where the scratches came from. They will hold it back from a higher grade.

What kind of dip would make scratches on a coin
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What kind of dip would make scratches on a coin


When someone dipped it in Jewelustre (to remove the 100 year old tarnish), rinsed it in water and then dabbed it with a terry cloth or paper towel.

"Poof" - Instant scratches!

(Sorry I wasn't clear in my original reply!)
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When someone dipped it in Jewelustre (to remove the 100 year old tarnish), rinsed it in water and then dabbed it with a terry cloth or paper towel.

"Poof" - Instant scratches!

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MS-64 FB, great luster. I don't think the hairlines on the neck would be enough to detail it.
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Thanks, everyone. I appreciate it.
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The high points are somewhat worn at the wing and hair, strike is suppose be strong for the year, obverse has 2 minor nicks under cheek and neck with minor rub.

MS-64 FSB from this photo, but weak and may deter 3rd party from assigning a FB designation.

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Thanks for the detailed assessment, Mac!
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I'm in the group that the coin may have been cleaned due to those hairlines especially visible across the neck area. the coin is just to bright and not in a blast white way. they don't die polish the relief. MS64 probably makes FSB. chance it would details for cleaning/polish
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Thanks, panzaldi.
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MS-65 FB

You might want to consider getting this one graded. Bid for a 65 (no FB) is about $400. That jumps up to $990 if it comes back full bands.
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Thanks for the grading and advice, CoinCollector2012.
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