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1914 Buffalo Nickel You Vs PCGS

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 Posted 06/01/2021  11:02 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Ty2020b to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Just picked this one up, don't have it in hand yet. As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to have it.

Been trying to track down a well struck 1914 for awhile, which is, not surprisingly, difficult. Unlike a majority of the series, the 1914 P is tougher to find well/fully struck. Branch mints for this year are typically better struck.

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 Posted 06/01/2021  11:49 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Greasy Fingers to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
This amateur thinks the reverse is outstanding, weak strike with the obverse...Let's go with 66/66+.........
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 Posted 06/01/2021  11:49 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add JasonKflo to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I am not great at grading these but it loves super I will say MS-66
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 Posted 06/02/2021  06:34 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add echidna to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Aragorn says ms66
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 Posted 06/02/2021  07:20 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add T-BOP to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I understand well about the 14's being a little weak . I'm at 65+ .

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 Posted 06/02/2021  07:22 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jimbucks to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I think the minor ticks hold it back to ms-64.
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 Posted 06/02/2021  08:44 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'll say MS-65, possibly 66. A beauty for sure.
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 Posted 06/02/2021  1:57 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add panzaldi to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
this is a nice 14 buff. at least MS65. I would grade it MS66
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I'll say MS65+
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I can't really tell between MS65 and MS66 I thinks it's closer to MS66 and even a MS67 hopefully for your sake it
s 66 as well. I don't think it gets a + added to it though.
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 Posted 06/02/2021  3:44 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add NumisEd to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Fantastic example, MS65+.
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Beautiful bison, MS-65+
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 Posted 06/02/2021  8:00 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add fortcollins to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
YOWZA!

Three-and-a-half checkmarks on my buy-it-if-you-see-it scale.

Matching early die states. Check. EMDS obverse and reverse, very nearly EDS for both.
High grade. Check. More on that later.
Well struck. Check. The full rachis is visible on the first feather, as well as the second. LIBERTY is very strong for a 1913-14-15 Buff. The date and ribbons are rock solid. The entire reverse is crisp, with sharp peripheral lettering, strong details on the buffalo's legs, sharp eye, horn, tail, and hair detail.
Minimal clashing and die polishing. Half-check. There is evident clashing, but very little die polishing to remove the clashing.

These dies clashed in a very slightly rotated position. The chin/EPU clash has the early stages of the "comb" beneath the chin, and the chin clash is at an angle between PLURIBUS and UNUM. The "LIB" of LIBERTY / right rear leg clash is visible between the "I" and "B" of LIBERTY. The hairline / ground level clash is visible in the hair part and as a light angled line on the forehead, reflecting the slight rotation. The second feather / buffalo's head clash is very slightly misaligned. The neck / buffalo's back clash is very slightly visible as a slightly hairy neck, into the ribbons. As 1914s go, this is a relatively minimal clash. This is a known die pair, and has a few high grade examples online. (There is one 1914 die pair with a crazy clash that left a virtually complete EPU beneath the chin, Most letters are readable on that one.)

Grading: Zero evidence of circulation, fantastic surfaces.

Obverse: Ding on the eyelid, E-W scratch on the calamus of the second feather into the hair, light dings on and above the knot and at the crease of the chin. Solid MS-65/65+ in the real world, but MS-64 to PCGS.

Reverse: Spectacular. Two small E-W dings on the shoulder, small ding on the ground level near the left rear leg. Solid MS-67. Even PCGS would see the reverse as MS-66.

Bourse floor net grade: easy MS-66, possible eye appeal adjustment to MS-66+.

As for PCGS, they have a bias ceiling at MS-64, and likely will full stop net this one at MS-65. If so, grin all the way to the bank. It's better than that. It's a strong CAC candidate.

Fantastic 1914. BTW, the light golden toning should be familiar by now. Thank Wayte Raymond for that!
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Call me crazy but I think I see the top bar of a 3 under the 4 in 1914.
Could this be a 1914/3 ?
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