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1918-D FB Mercury Dime. Grade

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 Posted 07/01/2020  9:25 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jmkendall to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Heck, I'll be an outlier. 66fsb. Unless of course it is cleaned, which I can't tell either way.
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 Posted 07/02/2020  07:23 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add BuyGuns to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
IndianGoldEagle & Ty2020b? You guys nailed it. CLEANED. No TrueView to post and it is being sent back. It's a shame whoever did that cause in-hand it was a nice coin. It really is.

But not discouraged on this one. Disappointed yes. I knew the possibility existed. Got this from same dealer as the 1917 FB that did grade. This coin did have luster and cartwheel. I just agreed that no way of knowing if cleaned, but really thought it would be fine, though again, looked like the 1917 to some degree which graded.

Merclover.....You are corrct. No more novels. Just post. I figured since pictures lack some features I would help by noting them. But you are correct. Future coins? I will shut up and just post.

KYcoppercoins....Pictures are my challenge. But like I said to Merclover....I will just post, stay quiet, until you folks give an unbiased opinion. Pictures I am still working for better clarity as you noted.

Macmercury....like I told you in ths chain, either it was goin to be a bust or maybe a good day. Lol. Well...we know the answer to that. The $250? Lesson learned. Still have no idea what was used to clean it? Looked fine in-hand. Maybe acetone? But that does not hurt coins. Correct? Meh. I did nothing to it, or any other coin, because I would surely ruin them. Have zero interest in even knowing how to clean a coin. Thought about it for about a half a second. Lol. Nope. So, most I paid for a coin and that was a couple years ago. I won't starve. .

I have more surprises coming but I will wait until they get here.

Grapecollects nailed my 1925 50C Commemorative Stone Mountain. Most of you commented on it. Go check out my Trueview and grade on that one. And my comments. That one IMO is a head shaker. But again, Grapecollects sorted it out on the Technical side, though I still think it is a real head scratcher. Worth a look. See what you think.
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07/02/2020 6:28 pm
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 Posted 07/02/2020  8:54 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add hfjacinto to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I have a question..

Why are you insisting on grading coins that honestly to me aren't worth grading? Is it the slab, or you just like graded coins? Pretty much the last few you sent in for grading I would have passed on each one.
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 Posted 07/02/2020  9:08 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add macmercury to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
A FB in MS grade is in the north of thousand($), so I believe BuyGuns likes to gamble.

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 Posted 07/02/2020  11:16 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add BuyGuns to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
hfjacinto....this particular coin was one of first I got. In-hand it is much nicer. It was a toss up. Yes...you nailed it. If you look at my blabbing in last couple years, I noted I wanted to build a slabbed coin collection. I like slabbed coins. Received a cool reception. Now I know why. But I wanted to see how the first batch goes. It was way below expectations. I still have more that did not go the way I thought. I see you looked at a few. I still have ERROR coins PCGS is grading. That ought to be exciting. Lol. So, I rolled the dice, but now see more clearly what I am dealing with in professional coin grading.

But here ya go hfjacinto....one main thing I have learned, and should have in the last two years, is you CANNOT just look at other graded coins for comparisons, and assume "oh, mine must be that grade or close"! No. Because ANA standards take many things into consideration, and one is (as explained to me by a few folks here on CC), is each coin may be graded starting from a baseline that is based on that coins Strike, Mint, and a host of other criterea.

So a simiar past graded AU55 coin may look far worse than your AU55 graded coin (same type/year), because of grading criterea I knew nothing about. It also answers my question I have had for a long time of why do lower graded coins many times look way better than the higher graded coins? And visa versa. Same reasons.

It has changed my outlook already. Have to learn somehow. And this was a lesson and an eye opener. Sometimes we need to see for ourselves. CC has been proven right in most of the comments I have received. I readily admit that. So, I like slabs, but I am going to be far more discriminating in coin selection and grading candadites. That is a fact.

Yes...I write too much. Explain too much. It's just in my nature. I write as I think. Fast. And it just ends up as novels. Not a good thing here. People like to the point. I have gotten better. Working it. Just not this time. Haha.

But I am trying hard to really learn this craft in a compressed manner. It is tough really. But this one grading episode had brought some clarity, which at first I thought this is BS. Lol. I no longer think that. It was me. Not the grading. Though I do think a few were under graded. But again, based on how they look with no professional digging. So, that is good news to see where I missed it. I have zero problem admitting failure. Hell, I have a few more spectacular failures I am going to post. Haha It was just hard to understand how these coins I will post got what they got because in the flesh they were really nice IMO. But another lesson learned. It's a good thing.
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 Posted 07/02/2020  11:24 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add BuyGuns to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
macmercury....Lol. Yes. And I have mentioned that as well. I like a little risk. I knew there was risk and rolled the dice on this one for sure. A better outcome with an actual grade would have been a very good day. Does that mean I sell it? No. But maybe, if it meant I could apply any bounty to more coinage. Hey. Not such a bad idea. But I also knew the cleaning was a possibility (whoever did that......well, nvm). Though I was more concerned with the FB, which had it not been cleaned, may have received it. Like you said....a gamble. Unfortunately...snake eyes. Lol. That's ok. Hey....every coin sent in is a gamble. Odds better if you have a lifetime of experience like many of you folks. I don't. That's why I come to you.

But I have to make the final decision. Enter: RISK. I will not starve. I enjoy the hunt. Building some nice coin arsenal but do need to figure out how I want to go about setting better goals. Slabbed collection is now about ended. CC folks right again. Lol. Just have a mix I guess. This was a disappointment, but only temporarily. Small potatoes. But big learning.

Onward....
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 Posted 07/03/2020  08:19 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add hfjacinto to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'm doing a slabbed IHC collection and from my experience most common coins are cheaper if you buy them already slabbed. For the keys RAW can make sense if you get them at a good price and slab them yourself.

In the end as long as your happy (which based on a few of your posts, you didn't seem happy with the grade) buy what you want. But based on the grades you got you might be happier with already slabbed coins. My 2 cents.
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