I joined this site a few years ago but never really came here much. For the past few years I have been collecting raw un-slabbed Morgan and Peace dollars
, mostly won from Ebay auctions. I also mostly bought/won less expensive Dollars, generally in the $20 to $30 range, some a bit less and some more, but those that are more would be the exception rather than the rule. I have so far a little over 250 Morgan/Peace Dollars.
On my own I tried to learn about evaluating and grading these coins I won in the auctions. The sum total of my education came from reading, watching videos on line, and utilizing various internet sites where I could see coins in different grades, e.g. ....... Heritage Auctions
grading images, ANA
Grading Standards etc. I have encapsulated each dollar into those little coin snaps, sort of like my own mini slab, and then I put a small sticker on the corner of each snap with my opinion of grade and a number corresponding to the entry in my data base where each coin and snap is numbered, what I paid for the coin and what PCGS
says the current value is, both bid and ask. What I don't know is whether or not any of these PCGS
bid or ask values are un-slabbed raw values, or are all the values at PCGS
only for professionally slabbed coins. And if all values you see on line are only for PCGS
slabbed values, then how are un-slabbed coins valued?
I think I've gotten pretty good at grading Morgan dollars
and Peace dollars
(I tend to think I'm better at Morgans than Peace). But there are some lingering questions I have that I hope this site (and you, the members) can help with. Where I live there are no good coin clubs that can help me with these questions, so I hope you all can.
What I would like to do then is take really good pictures of my coins and little by little post each here and ask your opinions as to grade, and the why for the grade, and what you think the value would be. That way I can compare what you, the members here think with what my opinion was about grade and value when I entered them into the holders and my data base. I'm hoping that it will help me better hone my grading skills, to have in essence a critique of my unschooled opinions.
I should also mention that I bought coins in various states of condition. I always tried to get bargains, but I've been burned more than once with cleaned, and even whizzed and polished coins, but the Ebay pictures were either intentionally made to hide those conditions, or I bought them early on in my accumulating stage and didn't know better at the time. I would like to post them all, even the polished, cleaned, whizzed, dipped ...... everything in between coins. I will not learn unless I get evaluations on all, even my losers. Also I should mention, a few are near AG or G-4 or G-8, some in VF grades, many XF's, many AU's and some I would think are MS Grades. But I am not sure of myself and my grading abilities since I've never been checked, and other than I, nobody has graced me with their opinions or critiqued mine.
So after that big build up, is it asking to much of the members to give me their opinions about this many coins? Not all at once of course, maybe only a coin or two a week or a bit more now and then. So what do you all think?