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1923-S 5c Buffalo Nickel.

 
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 Posted 01/19/2021  4:58 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add numismatic student to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
$75 which ended up being $6 net of some e-bucks I had this month. Thought the reverse had a strong strike which is seldom seen in SF mint issues in the early 20s. Lots of luster remains on this beauty. Thoughts? Thanks!


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 Posted 01/19/2021  6:23 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Sounds like a heck of a price based on these pics. VF-35?
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 Posted 01/19/2021  7:55 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add NumisEd to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
What is going on at Buffalo's back? Environmental damage?
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 Posted 01/19/2021  8:30 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Ty2020b to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'll say VF35 as well, shot at XF. As NumisEd pointed out, can't tell if it's just poor pic quality or there's some ED on the reverse. Possible Details.
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 Posted 01/19/2021  8:42 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Zurie to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Agree with VF-35. Looks like some abrasions on the reverse, doesn't look like corrosion to me.
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 Posted 01/19/2021  10:35 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add fortcollins to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'll reserve the grade until I see your photos. It looks EF-something from the blurry pics. The seller's pics are a bit too blurry for my eyes.

It is a strong strike overall. The obverse weakness is die state, probably combined with clash polishing. It is an LDS (nearly VLDS) obverse mismatched with an EMDS/MDS reverse. On the obverse, the strong strike can be seen with the nearly complete rachis and calamus on the second feather. (The missing lower rachis is die polishing.) The missing hair on the buffalo's head is polishing from the second feather/buffalo's head clash.

The spotting on the upper part of the buffalo is one concern. The semi-circular and fairly recent scratch across the buffalo's forelegs and beneath the buff's belly is the larger concern. Maybe a 2x2 staple bit this one?

Even if it is detailed, you are solidly to the good on this purchase. If is straight grades, you are better than double your purchase price.
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 Posted 01/20/2021  06:03 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add smat45 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
For the money I think you did good!
EF-40 for me...
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 Posted 01/20/2021  10:54 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add panzaldi to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
poor lighting but i'd put in the XF40 range
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Well, the pictures above were in hand pictures this time. I guess my photo skills are wanting but here is another attempt. Not sure if I can do better than this. I don't see anything indicating environmental damage in the reverse.


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 Posted 01/20/2021  2:33 pm  Show Profile   Check westcoin's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add westcoin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
EF40 possible details for the pitting.
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 Posted 01/20/2021  2:41 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add numismatic student to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Made a mini shadow box. Not sure if it helped.


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 Posted 01/20/2021  2:45 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add NumisEd to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
You need to clamp your phone, or have it lay down on a box. Then carefully press the shutter button.
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 Posted 01/20/2021  4:24 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Slider23 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
All your photo images are out of focus. Looks like a nice original example.
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You need to clamp your phone, or have it lay down on a box. Then carefully press the shutter button.


Can you use wired buds as a shutter button?
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 Posted 01/20/2021  11:02 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add numismatic student to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Photos are taken using a phone lying on a box about 6 inches above the coin. Coin rests flat on a black sheet of paper. Light from an incandescent bulb at a 45 degree angle.

For the third set of pictures, I used 3 boxes 5 inches tall blocking light on 3 sides and leaving one side for the incandescent light to come in on just one side. Phone was above boxes covering fully above, creating a mini shadow box.
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