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1938 Mercury Dime - Would Like Grading Input

 
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 Posted 09/20/2021  1:36 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add CoinMan2003 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hello,

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.



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 Posted 09/20/2021  1:49 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add nick10 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
initial reaction is AU, but excess jpg compression on your photos is hiding the surface details, which leads to grading uncertainty
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 Posted 09/20/2021  1:51 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'll say AU-50.
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 Posted 09/20/2021  2:01 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add CoinMan2003 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Looking at the grading indicator on the coin community website for mercuries - it indicates

"EF40 Extremely Fine:Diagonal bands show only slight wear. Braids and hair before ear show clearly."

As I interpret that - I am thinking the hair and braids should be mostly defined? Or is it just - you can generally see them.

The reverse has great detail - no problem for me there - but the obverse seems to show a good amount of wear in the hair details.

Can someone educate me a bit - I think I'm going to have to do a contest to give some coin away for all the help you all provide :)
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 Posted 09/20/2021  2:38 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add T-BOP to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
EF-40+ ,the guy marking these coins MS-65 knows nothing about grading .

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 Posted 09/20/2021  2:41 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Here is a great site for learning grading https://www.PCGS.com/photograde/
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 Posted 09/20/2021  2:50 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add ijn1944 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
XF40 as I see it.
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Thanks John! Thats a cool tool.

It does look xf 40 range detail wise I think.

How bad does the cleaning affect the grade on this one? I am not see cleaning marks on it.

I know xf 40 won't matter much on this coin but just for future reference.
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 Posted 09/21/2021  10:04 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add panzaldi to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
XF40


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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
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 Posted 09/21/2021  6:26 pm  Show Profile   Check OriginalAtog's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add OriginalAtog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It looks in the XF40-45 range to me.
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 Posted 09/21/2021  7:01 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add macmercury to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
AU detailed.

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XF45
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