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1925-S Merury Dime, Great Strike Horrible Surfaces

 
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 Posted 11/26/2020  9:07 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add one_fine_dime to your friends list Get a Link to this Message


Some of these mid 20s branch mint issues are just notorious for weak reverse strike. I saw this one after it sold and just wondered, what the heck happened to it. Multiple chemical dips? Thoughts?

As it would no doubt be deemed "cleaned" by the TPGs, I'm often confused as to why coins like this end up going for decent money. Sale price of $120 is equal to greysheet AU58! Sure, the strike is truly above average, but zero luster, and the surface preservation is atrocious.

Only thing I can think of is simply FULL BANDS!...but I'd readily forgo FBs any day for luster and original surfaces, as one could get that coin slabbed and thereby secure the investment to some extent. The money on this coin will likely never be recouped due to the inability to ever get a straight grade here.
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 Posted 11/26/2020  9:16 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add MOS0239 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
That coin is way over priced. The coin is damaged, corroded and would come back detailed.
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 Posted 11/26/2020  11:00 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add just carl to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It's that Full Band stuff that makes people today go nuts. This coin is close to damaged.
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 Posted 11/27/2020  03:57 am  Show Profile   Check Paradime Coins's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Paradime Coins to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
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 Posted 11/27/2020  10:27 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The scratches alone are denough to detail this one.
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 Posted 11/29/2020  12:17 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add 88isgreat to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Wow. Big bucks for a coin with no eye appeal.
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 Posted 11/29/2020  6:50 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Ballyhoo to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Way over priced. Personally, I think it's naturally aged from sitting in a drawer, safe, ect. for a long period of time.
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 Posted 11/29/2020  7:53 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add one_fine_dime to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
@Ballyhoo - ignoring the obverse scratches for a moment, if this coin were "naturally aged", then it seems greysheet at AU58 would actually be a pretty good deal because wear is minimal and consistent with a generally uncirculated coin...but there is no luster whatsoever and how would the surfaces become pitted like that "naturally"?
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 Posted 12/05/2020  01:18 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add perfessor to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The strike is very good on the reverse, giving it the "full bands" designation. However, the obverse is struck very weakly in the center, especially on the hair and the front of the wing. 1925-S dimes are known for weak strikes, and this one is really not much better. That is if you ignore the pitting and the scratches. This is hole filler to me. Not worth more than $10.
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 Posted 12/06/2020  7:44 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add one_fine_dime to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
@perfessor - yes, "The Complete Guide to Mercury dimes" that I have (by David Lange) indicates this issue may hold the record in the entire series for most consistently weak strike, both obverse and reverse. I agree the obverse shows typical weakly struck features for this issue, but the reverse is sharp and well defined even on the peripheral lettering, and particularly with the central bands. It is certainly a challenging date/mm to find in original condition and well struck...along with the Denver issue from this year.

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