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1881 Shield Nickel Uncirculated Or Proof?

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 Posted 09/20/2020  11:14 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add EDM to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I inherited a set of three coins from 1881 and I'm not sure if they are uncirculated or proof. There's an Indian Head cent, a Three Cent nickle, and a Shield Nickle. They came to me together in a little purse. Here's a photo of the Shield Nickle. The fields appear to have all of their mint luster even though it may not look it in the photo. How do you take a photo of the high gloss fields? Would you want photos with a slightly different angle? Thanks.
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 Posted 09/20/2020  11:23 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
( I'm no pro, it's just my humble opinion )
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 Posted 09/20/2020  11:24 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add keith12 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I think that coin has been cleaned/polished
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 Posted 09/20/2020  11:27 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add EDM to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Keith, it's always looked like this and I've had it for 30 years in a 2 x 2. Before that it was in a safety deposit box. Edit: My little Nikon compact camera has an orange case and I removed most of the reflected color from the photo.
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 Posted 09/20/2020  11:38 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add EDM to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Here's another look at the obverse from a slightly different angle.
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 Posted 09/20/2020  1:56 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Prethen to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
My gut tells me Proof.
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Did someone mention 3CN?
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 Posted 09/20/2020  2:46 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Looks MS to me,not proof.
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 Posted 09/20/2020  6:20 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Ty2020b to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Can we get a different angle of the reverse as well? I Initially thought polished from the first set of pics, but the second pic looks prooflike, definitely very well struck. I'm leaning slightly more toward proof.
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 Posted 09/20/2020  6:54 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add westernsky to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Looks Unc to me.
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I'm firmly in the proof camp. The cameo on the leaves as well as the razor sharp strike convinces me.
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 Posted 09/20/2020  8:50 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add EDM to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Here's the reverse at a different angle. The red hew is because my camera is bright orange and I'm so close that the coin is reflecting the color.
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 Posted 09/20/2020  8:56 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
This pic doesn't show surface characteristics or detail.
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 Posted 09/20/2020  9:09 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add EDM to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I can take some more photos. I only have an old pocket camera and a desk lamp. More glossy field?
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 Posted 09/20/2020  9:28 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add EDM to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Another reverse view. Anybody want a close up of devices? The "5" has a matt surface different from the fields, I'll to get it.
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 Posted 09/20/2020  9:31 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Sergiomomesso to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
looks like a proof from certain angles, and UNC from other, you could take 1000 photos it will show 1000's thing :P
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 Posted 09/20/2020  9:37 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add EDM to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
My camera work, I'm sure. Of course, it's more valuable as an UNC than a Proof. I'll show the other two coins ASAP. The Three Cent Nickel has a decidedly matt device.
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