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1866 Shield Nickel -- Scratches Or Bag Marks?

 
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 Posted 08/01/2020  10:02 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Adam590 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hi! I am learning so much from your comments on these posts! I have this 1866 Shield nickel that is slabbed by PCGS with a straight grade. I like the coin because there is luster and the fields seem somewhat clean (for the grade--price range is a big factor in choosing coins!), however, the obverse definitely has some marks. As PCGS straight graded this, I wonder what the difference between the marks on the upper level of the shield (that reach down into the vertical lines) and scratches that would make this a "details" coin is. What should we call these marks? Bag marks? Contact marks? Thanks.






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 Posted 08/01/2020  10:19 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add westernsky to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Almost likes more like uneven toning than it does a scratch. Kinda hard to tell for sure.

If it were a staple scratch, or something like that, I think the TPG would have detailed it.

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 Posted 08/01/2020  10:53 pm  Show Profile   Check GrapeCollects's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add GrapeCollects to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I see what you're talking about. They look like parallel die gouges, almost like something scraped the physical die itself.
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 Posted 08/01/2020  11:12 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Jaobler to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I see two diagonal scratches over the shield but they appear minor; not enough to constitute damage so it got that straight grade.
I see light friction on high points and loss of luster especially on the reverse. The obverse retains more luster and the strike overall seems above average for an 1866 Shield. Looks like AU-55.
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 Posted 08/02/2020  01:29 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Zurie to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
They look like light scratches to me, just not deep enough to detail the coin. I'd say AU-58.
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 Posted 08/02/2020  3:58 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add panzaldi to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
nice example of this type piece. well struck as most are weak in various areas on both sides. AU58
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 Posted 08/02/2020  8:29 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Adam590 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Here is the slab! I am surprised that PCGS's grade is higher!
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 Posted 08/02/2020  9:08 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add USSID18 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Nice coin and grade! !
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The coin looks to be graded properly. The two hairline scratches are in a good spot, not real visible so they got a pass.
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