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1798 Draped Bust Cent

 
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 Posted 08/10/2020  7:21 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Adam590 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hello, I am considering buying this 1798 cent for a type collection--PCGS has straight graded it as EF(40)--the pictures are not of great quality--what do you guys think? Does this look like a nice problem free coin to represent the Draped Bust type to you guys? The surface looks kind of splotchy, and less smooth, than the surface of the few other old copper coins I have, but I like the amount of details I see compared to other EF(40) Draped Bust cents.



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 Posted 08/10/2020  7:56 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Ty2020b to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Technically speaking I would agree with the grade in this one. Wouldn't be my first choice for eye appeal, but that's preferential to a degree. The small Green spot on the top of the head is my only concern besides eye appeal.
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 Posted 08/10/2020  8:25 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Agree with EF-40, but price aside, I find the obverse below-average in eye appeal.
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 Posted 08/10/2020  9:13 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Adam590 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanjs, Ty2020b and Coinfrog!

What specifically detracts from the appeal to you?
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 Posted 08/10/2020  10:16 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The pitting and/or discolored spots in the lower right obverse quadrant are too distracting for me, though natural in appearance.
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 Posted 08/10/2020  11:32 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Ty2020b to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Same as CF. There's a few on the reverse as well, but I don't mind them, reverse is more uniform in color.
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 Posted 08/10/2020  11:35 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Numis-Northerner to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I think it's definitely a straight grade, but does have some verdigris. Also would personally want an EF-40 to have a bit more detail in the hair, but that's just my preference
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 Posted 08/11/2020  10:50 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add panzaldi to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
18th century copper without planchet defects is a bonus. they all age differently. this is a nice example and in my book is XF40 also. I dont mind the surfaces one bit
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 Posted 08/11/2020  12:27 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Bump111 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I think she looks wonderful for 222! As long as the verdigris doesn't progress you will have a nice example for your type set.
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It is already in a PCGS slab--will this stop the verdigris from progressing into "details" level damage?
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I don't know for sure how copper coins handle slabbing. My guess is that the slab will provide little protection above nominal storage options. In fact, in a humid environment they may be less protective. I hope more knowledgeable members can give you more definitive info.

I think if you kept this slab in a well-controlled environment, the coin should remain fairly static for a long time.
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