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1899-S Half Eagle For Grading

 
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 Posted 01/15/2022  9:53 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Mkirch to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Picked this 1/2 Eagle up in an estate collection purchase a couple years ago. Interested in what grade you think it might be. Thanks for your opinions - Kirch

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 Posted 01/15/2022  10:38 pm  Show Profile   Check pristine2's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add pristine2 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I think it makes AU50. Maybe XF45, if I failed to have my coffee before showing up to work at PCGS.
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 Posted 01/15/2022  10:57 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'll say EF-45.
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 Posted 01/15/2022  11:17 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Jakes Coins to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I would guess au-50
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 Posted 01/15/2022  11:51 pm  Show Profile   Check jacrispies's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add jacrispies to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
AU-53
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 Posted 01/16/2022  12:04 am  Show Profile   Check BH1964's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add BH1964 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
PCGS graded this piece AU53. Yours looks every bit as good.
https://auctions.stacksbowers.com/l...eagle-au-53- PCGS
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 Posted 01/16/2022  01:11 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add echidna to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Might be the lighting but it looks like its had a polish.
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 Posted 01/16/2022  04:59 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Slerk to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I think this coin was cleaned. But maybe it's just such lighting.
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 Posted 01/16/2022  07:44 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add wallyb to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'm at AU53 - AU55, possibly details cleaned. Difficult to say by these photos though.
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 Posted 01/16/2022  2:38 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add panzaldi to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
guess at AU55 without better photos. too much light
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 Posted 01/16/2022  3:29 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Mkirch to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks to you all. Much appreciated.
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 Posted 01/16/2022  6:00 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add fortcollins to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
First,

I have some concerns regarding your coin. On the obverse, the centrils of the stars look hollow, the lower hair curls don't align correctly, and the details of the ear seem inconsistent with the grade. On the reverse, the mm plainly looks doubled, and I am not aware of a repunched mm on 1899-S half eagles. The horizontals in the shield are ragged on the left side of the shield, and should be even. The eagle's feathers above and behind the right talon (our visual left) look off. The lettering seems uneven. The point of the shield looks off.

This could be just lighting and the photos, but it made me pause.

What is the weight of your coin?

Thanks!
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 Posted 01/16/2022  7:29 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Mkirch to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
fortcollins - Coins weight is 8.36 grams.
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 Posted 01/16/2022  7:39 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Weight is spot-on for this coin.
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 Posted 01/19/2022  7:38 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add fortcollins to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks for posting the weight. That takes my concerns off the table!

I can't get a good feel for the grade from the pics. It looks somewhere on the EF-AU line.
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 Posted 01/21/2022  2:09 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add IndianGoldEagle to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The photos don't really show the surface color or quality. AU-58 from these photos but might be a low MS coin.
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