I have a 1938 Mercury dime - I received from someone who had it marked ms 65!
From my estimation, this is a cleaned coin made to look pretty and sold far above its grade. I am not seeing the lines as if it was scrubbed - does this more like it was dipped? I can see left over residue from cleaning. I would appreciate your input as I am thinking I am going to learn to identify what has been done to the coins I am looking at.
I am guessing the grade on this is actually more like vf-20 which equates it with bullion pricing. Just want to make sure I'm not missing anything that would indicate it actually is something higher grade than that.
Quote: I am thinking the hair and braids should be mostly defined? Or is it just - you can generally see them
as your grading skills improve over time you will find that you cant just look at one or two markers to determine the grade. it can get you into the ballpark but then you need to look at the coin as a whole. diagonals look like an XF coin should. quite possible the hair in front of the ear would be from a strike weakness. the sharpness of the lettering, date and leaves make this assessment correct