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1941 Mercury Dime... My First!

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 Posted 02/24/2021  5:37 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Nells250 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Just received my first Mercury dime, a 1941 D.

I know it isn't an earth shattering item or worth a "mint" (rimshot) but the first time I saw one I said I needed one.

Now... since I am new to all this, I peeked at my Red Book and tried to see what grade it is. I am thinking somewhere around EF-40?

I see that the "diagonal bands" are important (still visible) but the "braids and hair before ear" are throwing me off a little as I am not 100% sure I know where the ear is supposed to be! After all... there are big ears, small ears... corn ears... and most people do NOT have wings on the side of their head!




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 Posted 02/24/2021  6:03 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Classic Coins to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Nice coin, Nells! I like the strong rims.

The Mercury dime is one of my favorite designs.

I agree with EF-40.
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 Posted 02/24/2021  6:08 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Nells250 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
:-)

I was looking and looking and rarer dates with tons of wear still go for some money, so I had to choose a more common year to get something that hadn't been worn to metal tissue paper!

So according to my book, at EF-40, I paid a fair price for it. That's good. Someday I'll pick up a nicer one but I am happy with this little one for now.

I like lots of detail in small packages!
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 Posted 02/24/2021  6:22 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add 88isgreat to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Nice coin @Nells. Good looking example. Many of these get the ugly black tarnish from circulation and / or poor storage conditions.
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 Posted 02/24/2021  6:22 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Classic Coins to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'm all about just collecting nice examples of the design types.

The Standing Liberty quarter and Walking Liberty half dollar are two other designs from the same era that are favorites of mine.
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 Posted 02/24/2021  6:23 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Nells250 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Weeeellllll... I confess... I DID wash it with soap/water as it was dusty! I hope I didn't break TOO MANY coin-collecting rules!

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 Posted 02/24/2021  6:24 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Nells250 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Classic Coins - I am learning that the Standing Liberty quarter wear the heads off... I can see how that may happen.
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 Posted 02/24/2021  6:29 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Classic Coins to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
As long as you don't rub it with anything. Rubbing it with a cloth will put hairline scratches on the surface.
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 Posted 02/24/2021  6:57 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add T-BOP to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Can't really tell it's been cleaned but reframe from doing that again . It has a trace of underling luster , I can see it as EF-45 .
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 Posted 02/24/2021  7:58 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Rothery to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

Quote:
Just received my first Mercury dime, a 1941 D.

Congrats! Solid XF40
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 Posted 02/24/2021  9:13 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
EF-40 sounds about right.
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 Posted 02/25/2021  12:50 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Greasy Fingers to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Check out PCGS.com/photograde...pick the denomanation and series type, start at MS-70 and view the photos working backwards to see the amount of detail lost to equal the grades....This should help you in your grading skills, also particate in the posts of "you vs. PCGS/NGC...ect" in the grading forum and don't be afraid to post your opinion. Helps out on the learning curve.

Good luck on future pick-ups and have fun...

Edited: remember no more soap and water.....only acetone and learn(experiment) on crummy coins before trying on the nicer ones.
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 Posted 02/25/2021  08:31 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add panzaldi to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'm in at XF40 on this one
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 Posted 02/25/2021  09:15 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Slider23 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The example has luster remaining in the protected areas. The coin has hairlines in the fields. It looks like it has been cleaned. XF Details Cleaned
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 Posted 02/25/2021  1:43 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Nells250 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Hmmmm... re: scratches in field... can't that happen just by being in pockets for decades? (passing the buck... I... know... NOTHING!)

Incidentally, if a simple soap/water cleaning can be so evil, how do coins even LAST more than a few years? I mean, if they can "wear" from a simple sudsy wash, how can they hold up to a lifetime of circulation?

Are they made out of that infamous stuff called "Butter Metal"?

(DISCLAIMER: "Butter Metal" is what my boyfriend and I like to call any ultra-cheap item, usually a cheap tool or car part, made from some sort of mystery material that shouldn't exist due to its low quality)
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 Posted 02/25/2021  2:02 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Nells250 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
WOW....... look at all the possible grades!
https://www.PCGS.com/photograde#/Mercury/Grades

Much easier to understand when you see actual graded coins. Still, GEESH talk about PICKY! ;-) Some of the differences are VERY difficult to see/understand.

Anyhoo, now I am also thinking my simple little dime might be a slight bit better than 40...

As for the soapy wash, here are the pics the seller used for the auction:

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