Proof Franklin Half- What is your opinion here?
I recently purchased this coin, it is graded but I won't mention by which who and I am cropping out any part of the holder.
I would expect that a high grade proof would have only minor imperfections, certainly nothing that jumps out, From the pictures it looked like the streaks on this coin were discoloration(yes, I should have asked), like maybe something got on the surface and left a streak. That, IMO, would be acceptable. However, what we see on this coin are actually scratches, bright and shiny, as if made by the tip of a sharp blade.
Now, I can return this coin, however I think it really should be taken off the market so I am almost more inclined to work with the grading service. I am not sure I would really get anywhere though. What are the opinions of those more expert than I? Ignoring actual grade, do you think this coin should have straight graded? Maybe my expectations just don't line up with reality.
Full coin with date obscured. besides the marks it is a very nice example
Pictures to show worst/best appearance of the scratches:
Here is a large picture if anyone wants to open it in a separate tab/window to evaluate.
Thanks for your consideration.
Collector, occasional seller