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Lustrous, Original, Orangey 1878 $3

 
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 Posted 12/04/2021  1:34 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Prethen to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
It's a wonder to me how these gold coins ever get to Choice and Gem MS grades with gold being as soft as it is. This coin definitely shows signs of being handled even though it was not for all that long given it's a PCGS/CAC AU58.


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Often wondered the same thing.
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Here's a different perspective...

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 Posted 12/04/2021  11:01 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Winesteven to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Great coin! And with a CAC too!

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It's a wonder to me how these gold coins ever get to Choice and Gem MS grades with gold being as soft as it is.


$1 and $3 gold pieces are small and light combined with their 10% copper alloy for hardening allowed many of then to escape heavy contact and circulation marks.

What amazes me is how beat up many choice mint state $10 and $20 pieces are and still achieve MS63 level in the grading room. It seems their size, weight and relative softness account for liberal grade assignments.

As you noted this particular example saw very little circulation. Those at gem level were likely pulled from circulation and saved from the get-go. Thanks for sharing.
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Nice coin, thanks for sharing.
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Lovely toning and luster on that piece!
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Beautiful coin for sure.
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