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1920 Pilgrim Half - Is This Honest Wear?

 
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 Posted 06/11/2021  7:05 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add The Silver Searcher to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hi all,

Spotted this sold listing on Ebay, billed as a 1920 Pilgrim commemorative half with honest wear. To me, it seems like it is legit wear and a true lowball, with a likely history as a pocket piece.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/184761003488

What do you all think? Is it honest wear, and what would the grade be? I'm trying to learn how to ID these so I can spot some in future listings.

Thanks!!

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 Posted 06/11/2021  7:13 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Really, for that kind of money, who cares?
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 Posted 06/11/2021  9:19 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add commems to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It looks like honest wear to my eyes, but hopefully our resident expert in the area, nickelsearcher, will be along to offer a definitive opinion.

Also, I would suggest having a look at the following thread:

- Days of Classic US Commemorative Coins.

nickelsearcher (and others) posted a large selection of circulated commemorative coins to balance against the mint state examples also displayed. Going through the thread would be a great educational exercise for you and help you build your knowledge of "honest" circulated commemorative coins.



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Yuck.
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I cant imagine how, (for all practical purposes) a NCLT coin could get itself so worn.
except if
it was a pocket piece
or
a once heavily worn part of jewelry.

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In what grade are these most commonly found?
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My view is that the wear is 'honest', that is the result of natural abrasion of the surfaces rather than man-made. Likely a circulated example that eventually became a pocket piece.

I'm not able to judge the surfaces originality based on these photos. Nothing harsh jumps out at me though, so this stands a good chance of being an honestly circulated original surfaces lowball classic silver commemorative.


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In what grade are these most commonly found?


If you consider the totality of the mintage, then the answer is MS. That said, the Pilgrim issue (both 1920 and 1921) as well as the other 18 classic silver commemorative type from the pre-depression era are regularly seen in circulated state with XF-AU examples easy to find.

I judge the eBay 1920 Pilgrim to grade AG03 - as the seller correctly states. Here is my example to compare:

1920 Pilgrim Tercentenary Half Dollar - PCGS FR02


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I cant imagine how, (for all practical purposes) a NCLT coin could get itself so worn.
except if
it was a pocket piece
or
a once heavily worn part of jewelry.

While it's true that many of the pieces in this condition got that way due to extended time in someone's pocket, it is also true that some were spent as a regular half dollar and thus received circulation wear for a time - though not likely to the extent seen on the subject coin.

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In what grade are these most commonly found

Pilgrim half dollars are most often found in high AU and mint state grades, being readily available (traditionally) through MS-65. (With today's "Market Grading" standards, MS-66 coins have become much more common - though still fewer in count vs. MS-63 through MS-65 coins.)



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