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1908-S $5 Indian, Take A Look At Tell Me What You Think!

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 Posted 07/22/2021  12:40 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add FiveDollarFever to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I traded into this half eagle yesterday, and it lives up to their reputation as difficult to grade (for me at least). I'd love to hear y'alls opinions! Thanks a ton!




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 Posted 07/22/2021  12:50 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add iontyre to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Is that a dimple in the Native American's cheek? That would be a problem. Significant wear appears on the eagle feathers too. Probably not more than EF, and maybe details due to the 'dimple'
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 Posted 07/22/2021  1:05 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add FiveDollarFever to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I think it's just the way the light is hitting it, thanks for your evaluation!
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 Posted 07/22/2021  2:33 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add IndianGoldEagle to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
AU-55 straight grade.
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 Posted 07/22/2021  2:53 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I am not good at grading, that said 35 to 40? https://www.PCGS.com/photograde/#/5Ind/Grades
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 Posted 07/22/2021  3:01 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'll say AU-50, perhaps 53.



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 Posted 07/22/2021  4:32 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add FiveDollarFever to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you for the added opinions, and the warm reception!! I couldn't be happier with this one.
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 Posted 07/22/2021  6:59 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Jaobler to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
There is definite wear on the headdress and the eagle's shoulder and friction in the fields. The various contact marks and hairline scratches don't seem severe enough to warrant a "details" grade. AU-50 seems about right.
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 Posted 07/22/2021  9:29 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add MisterT to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Looks more like cleaning scratches rather than hairlines. I say AU details, cleaned.
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 Posted 07/22/2021  9:52 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Slider23 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
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 Posted 07/22/2021  9:55 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Jon Brand to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Look like it could have had a light cleaning but definitely market acceptable. I think its either low AU or xf45. Looks a little worn for AU and has some hair lines. not a bad coin.
The rim in front of the actual rim does NOT look mint made. Maybe it was in a bezel for some time, Hard to say

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 Posted 07/22/2021  10:18 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add FiveDollarFever to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks again y'all!

Jon, the idea of it having been in a bezel makes a lot of sense to me now that you mention it. The condition of the reeding seems inconsistent with the wear on the faces and that would explain it. Thank you!

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 Posted 07/22/2021  10:22 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Jon Brand to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It may have just gotten like that from being in ceriain coin holders for years. doesn't look too much like there was a bezel. Might just be wear, and the perimeter changed color a bit.
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 Posted 07/22/2021  10:30 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add FiveDollarFever to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Fair enough. I've been jumping to conclusions about it all day, the initial excitement hasn't worn off. :)
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