Coin Community Family of Web Sites
Like us on Facebook! Subscribe to our Youtube Channel! Check out our Twitter! Check out our Pinterest!
Username:
Password:
Save Password
Forgot your Password?


Welcome Guest! Need help? Got a question? Inherit some coins?
Our coin forum is completely free! Register Now!

On A 1861 Half Dime, Yikes Grade!

Next Page | Last 15 Replies
 
To participate in the forum you must log in or register.
Author Previous TopicReplies: 17 / Views: 694Next Topic
Page: of 2
Valued Member

United States
365 Posts
 Posted 05/13/2021  8:01 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add mrwhatisit to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Considering I didn't spend an arm and a leg on this, I, mr.crazy went ahead and bought this gemmy one... Now aside from the obscene luster this has, on the reverse upper left, looks to have much die polish, because of the flat strike. There was another thread earlier on another 1861 half dime with similar tales of die workers overpolishing everything that year. Of note on the obverse, the O in OF is incomplete, and methinks there is a bit of weak strike around the shield. I am curious what everybody thinks...

Sellers pics...




A couple of different lighting sources....




Edited by mrwhatisit
05/13/2021 8:26 pm
Bedrock of the Community
Learn More...
United States
58081 Posts
 Posted 05/13/2021  8:03 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Standing by!
Pillar of the Community
United States
5939 Posts
 Posted 05/13/2021  8:45 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add westernsky to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Whizzed in my opinion.
Pillar of the Community
United States
3920 Posts
 Posted 05/13/2021  8:49 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jimbucks to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'm of the same opinion as westernsky. Does have a whizzed appearance.
Pillar of the Community
Learn More...
United States
2439 Posts
 Posted 05/13/2021  9:23 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Ty2020b to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Almost certainly whizzed. There is a lack of sharpness to a majority of the devices, not a result of strike weakness, but altered surfaces.
Also, a bit hard to judge from the photos, but I'm also noticing some haloing around STATES, where whatever abrasive was used, did not reach. This is also noticeable around the date.
Edited by Ty2020b
05/13/2021 9:24 pm
Pillar of the Community
United States
1213 Posts
 Posted 05/13/2021  9:30 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add NumisEd to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Harshly cleaned.
Pillar of the Community
Learn More...
2145 Posts
 Posted 05/13/2021  9:34 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Rothery to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Oh - yes, first time I saw the second set of pics "WHIZZED" instantly came about. Good thing as you definitely need your Arm and a Leg
Edited by Rothery
05/13/2021 9:36 pm
Valued Member
United States
365 Posts
 Posted 05/13/2021  9:53 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add mrwhatisit to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The topic of light wizzing is something I am not to familiar with too much. This coin seems to have much more luster in person than pics can show, but it could be still whizzed. I am looking at more pictures online of similarly definitely whizzed coins to get a better feel.
Pillar of the Community
United States
3920 Posts
 Posted 05/13/2021  10:24 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jimbucks to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

Quote:
light wizzing

Whether or not a coin is whizzed is binary. No such thing as "light whizzing". If you can return the coin, you may want to excercise that option. Whizzed coins are meant to deceive an unsuspectiing buyer.
Pillar of the Community
United States
5939 Posts
 Posted 05/13/2021  10:50 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add westernsky to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Whizzing came about in the late 1960's and flourished in the 70's and 80's. It has kinda died down the last 30 years or so as it is easily recognizable and will not make it thru mainstream TPG services. This coin proves that the coin scrubbers and whizzers are still plying the trade and are trying to fool people.

Any time you see a 160 year old raw coin that looks out of place you better take a very hard look at it before spending money on it.
Pillar of the Community
United States
3920 Posts
 Posted 05/13/2021  11:02 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jimbucks to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
To help the OP help identify such coins in the future, the perfect candidate for whizzing is an EF/AU coin which may gain the appearance of BU after being whizzed. This particular coin is probably not weakly struck but an XF/AU before becoming whizzed. surprisingly the first set of pictures don't really show whizzing features (perhaps they were taken prior to the coin being whizzed) and the seller probably counted on the second set in order to promote the sale.
Edited by jimbucks
05/13/2021 11:03 pm
Bedrock of the Community
Learn More...
United States
11732 Posts
 Posted 05/14/2021  01:20 am  Show Profile   Check spruett001's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add spruett001 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Too bad it wasn't left alone.
In Memory of Crazyb0 12-26-1951 to 7-27-2020
In Memory of Tootallious 3-31-1964 to 4-15-2020

Oh that I was where I would be,
Then I would be where I am not,
Here I am where I must be,
Go where I would, I can not.
Bedrock of the Community
United States
39387 Posts
 Posted 05/14/2021  04:46 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It looks whizzed to me also.
John1
( I'm no pro, it's just my humble opinion )
Searched 5+ Million Cents Since 1971
Valued Member
United States
365 Posts
 Posted 05/14/2021  05:31 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add mrwhatisit to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Actually, these five pics were taken within 2 hours of each other, and I meant to say the first 2 pics were taken with my cameraphone in the dealers original 2x2, the others are when I got home and took it out to photograph as-is, under different lighting.
Pillar of the Community
United States
909 Posts
 Posted 05/14/2021  11:50 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Classic Coins to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Softly struck. Clearer pics would help.
Pillar of the Community
Learn More...
United States
3289 Posts
 Posted 05/14/2021  11:56 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add keith12 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Put me in as whizzed
Page: of 2 Previous TopicReplies: 17 / Views: 694Next Topic  
 
To participate in the forum you must log in or register.





Disclaimer: While a tremendous amount of effort goes into ensuring the accuracy of the information contained in this site, Coin Community assumes no liability for errors. Copyright 2005 - 2021 Coin Community Family- all rights reserved worldwide. Use of any images or content on this website without prior written permission of Coin Community or the original lender is strictly prohibited.
Contact Us  |  Advertise Here  |  Privacy Policy / Terms of Use

Coin Community Forum © 2005 - 2021 Coin Community Forums
It took 0.34 seconds to rattle this change. Powered By: Snitz Forums 2000 Version 3.4.05