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A Dumbfounding Grade - 1921 Peace Dollar On Ebay

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Pillar of the Community
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 Posted 05/03/2021  6:12 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add fenton to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I wouldn't pay AU-55 money for that example. AU-50 at most and that would be pushing it. Horrible strike even for a 21 and no trace of residual luster.
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 Posted 05/03/2021  8:51 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add ElmerFlick to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Ok, thanks for the explanation with respect to the grade, but I still have a hard time buying it as well. If that's an AU, what does this raw one grade?




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 Posted 05/03/2021  9:04 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add MisterT to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Panzaldi, Actually I had watched a video from a coin expert demonstrating that very thing and even he was surprised at how easy it was to open one without damaging the case. A few drops of super glue to put it back together, Voila! That is not to say that somebody closely inspecting wouldn't notice but lets not be so quick to dismiss this possibility.
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 Posted 05/03/2021  10:23 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
With the OP's coin, the design detail in the lower areas of relief still appear to be more worn than the stated slab grade indicates.

Upon reviewing another coin graded at MS-65, that is a known low pressure trial strike, the low level relief detail still shows up quite sharply, but the high points of the design have no detail at all.

I still find it difficult to grade OP's coin at AU-55.
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 Posted 05/04/2021  01:12 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Reedbeard08 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Very interesting explanation, Slider - thank you for that. Assuming that holder hasn't been exchanged, maybe someone was just having a sleepy grading day...?
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 Posted 05/04/2021  09:32 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add panzaldi to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
MisterT...I wasnt dismissing the possibility of a cracked out coin, I said "I have no idea how someone can open one of these cases without pretty much destroying it". I just never saw anyone that did it without destroying the case or at least leaving some type mark or something on the holder that would point to that.

Elmerflick - the second coin you posted has been cleaned. AU details which is sad as this looked like a decent example
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