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1795 Flowing Hair Half Dime, PCGS Vs. You

 
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 Posted 04/20/2021  04:35 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Adam590 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I will eventually want to upgrade this coin in my type collection, but I've had it since 2001 (I was in high school!). I love it--it is a weathered, well-worn, and well-loved example of an early silver coin that probably found itself in the hands of someone important at some point (I imagine that in the aristocracy that was the early USA, only reasonably "important" people could afford to hold silver coins as pocket change at that time). What do you think? Forgive my low-quality pictures--they were taken a while ago and I am abroad.




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 Posted 04/20/2021  05:48 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add echidna to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
pics are not good enough
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 Posted 04/20/2021  08:35 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add panzaldi to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
imo these can be tricky to grade. there actually appears to be some luster peeking through in spots. lettering is sharp and rounded. weak strike on both sides which is quite typical. date is sharp and rims are almost complete. this is a really nice example of one of our first coins.

VF35 my only concern is the reverse scratches. will it details? 50/50 chance as they can be more lenient with these early silvers
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 Posted 04/20/2021  08:46 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Ty2020b to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'llm not good with these at all, but I'll take a stab at F12.
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 Posted 04/20/2021  09:01 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Ill say VF-30 but I really have little experience with these.
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 Posted 04/20/2021  09:27 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jerryc39 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
F-12 would be my guess
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 Posted 04/20/2021  09:52 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Zurie to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'd guess VF-25. Those could be adjustment marks on the eagle, and there's a nice faint die crack across the face. It looks like a scarcer variety, LM-9. What a great high school purchase!
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 Posted 04/20/2021  11:32 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Greasy Fingers to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
F-15 to me
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 Posted 04/20/2021  3:21 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add GMS5 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'll say F-12
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 Posted 04/20/2021  3:38 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Jaobler to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Strike weakness is present on most early silver coins but this coin has a lot of wear. The dark residue on the reverse looks like what an old cleaning attempt failed to remove. The scratches look old but are pretty obvious. I'd venture a "Fine Details, cleaned/scratched" grading result.

Nevertheless, this a tough and desirable coin. I'd be proud to own it!
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 Posted 04/21/2021  12:03 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jpbone to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
VF-details. Cleaned.
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 Posted 04/21/2021  11:30 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Adam590 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Hint: This coin is straight graded--so I am wondering if Zurie is correct and those "scratches" are adjustment marks. They don't look like what I learned to identify as adjustment marks, but I am not an expert on this. I will provide the grade 48 hours after my original post on this coin.
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 Posted 04/21/2021  11:36 am  Show Profile   Check westcoin's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add westcoin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'd guess F15 it looks really nice almost into VF territory.
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 Posted 04/22/2021  04:11 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Adam590 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
This one was interesting. There was quite a range of opinions and this one straight grades with the lowest among these opinions. I always thought it looked pretty nice for an F(12) and considered it to have as much detail and originality (I see how some see the residue on the reverse as evidence of an old cleaning, but in person this coin does not look cleaned) as I could hope for at that price point ($1200) at that time. The marks on the back do not resemble adjustment marks I have seen on half dollars or silver dollars, but a few people told me that PCGS straight graded this coin because they are adjustment marks, not scratches. I am not an expert--when I bought it the marks seemed less than ideal, but I liked the coin enough to not consider them a deal breaker.

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 Posted 04/22/2021  10:30 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add funcitypapa to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Very nice and thanks for showing this coin. Pretty significant acquisition for someone in high school
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