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1863 Indian Head Cent

 
 
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 Posted 06/15/2011  7:51 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add DavidZerbato to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Here's an 1863 IHC for grading. I just picked it up from a local coin shop. I have a pretty good idea of what it is, but want to run it by you guys too.



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 Posted 06/15/2011  9:03 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add coinguybrian to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
AU, maybe dipped in the past
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 Posted 06/15/2011  9:50 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add okiepb to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'd say XF to AU, but what's with all the faint letters, in each word, on the obverse? Strikethru?

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 Posted 06/15/2011  10:07 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add DavidZerbato to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I think it was struck through grease or something like that, it's not that uncommon to see it on IHCs. I do think this coin has a weak strike, particularly on the headband after "Liberty" and on the last two feathers by the top of the neck. Detail is really lacking, but to me, it doesn't appear to be wear. I'm not saying there is no wear, this coin is definitely not MS, but these CuNi IHCs are notorious for weak strikes.
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 Posted 06/16/2011  8:20 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Las_Vegas_Larry to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Maybe a late die state with the die breaks on the reverse around the shield.

Are those die breaks around the date between the 1 and 8, and the top of the three?
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