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Large Cents (And Should I Send Them In To A Third Party Grader?)

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 Posted 06/30/2022  02:47 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add kbbpll to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Try taking pictures farther away but zoom in 30% or so, in natural light from a window. Mess around and see where you get the best focus, then crop the best ones after. Moving the phone closer to fill the screen doesn't give good results in my experience.
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 Posted 06/30/2022  08:33 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add panzaldi to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
the 2nd set of photos for the 96 and 98 have too much glare. I think the original photos are better to grade from.

the 96 could make G4 probably (details/ED)

the 98 looks like the second hair style and a corroded planchet which many of them were. this occurred prior to striking. the coin looks F15 details(ED) and is very close to VF
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 Posted 06/30/2022  11:28 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add t25135 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks to everyone for the helpful comments. I actually sent away my '94 for grading last month and am curious to see what that comes back as. It has some pretty bad corrosion on the reverse but the obverse looks nice.
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 Posted 06/30/2022  12:05 pm  Show Profile   Check Collects82's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Collects82 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Corrosion on these early cents is rampant. Don't feel too bad, the rest of us have coins with it too.
My hoard of '82s is up to 241! 218 BC x 1, 118 BC x 3, 18 BC x 1, 82 x 1, 182 x 1, 282 x 2, 382 x 1, 582 x 2, 682 x 1, 782 x 2, 882 x 1, 982 x 4, 1082 x 1 1182 x 8, 1282 x 2, 1382 x 1, 1482 x 6, 1582 x 13, 1682 x 17, 1782 x 60, 1882 x 68, 1982 x 45
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 Posted 06/30/2022  12:34 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jacrispies to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It is really tough, and expensive, to get early large cents that are not corroded and have a natural, smooth surface.

Taking good pictures of dark large cents is very difficult. I haven't even figured out the trick myself.
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