1959 PR Half, I'm Stunned this Turned Out
All, I managed to pick up a 1959 set this past week on Ebay for around $45, a rather high premium for one of these sets with the hope of landing a CAM half. Well, did it ever turn out. I took some pics just now, both in and out of the cello, just to show how most of the time a CAM will never really appear CAM in the cellophane packaging. 1959 is a notoriously tough date for Franklin CAMs, the master dies were reworked in 1960, so in '59 they never really gave the half dies a full acid soak to preserve the details. As many know, this acid soak gave the coins their frost, so less soak=less CAM. I grade this coin a 65 - 66, I'm not really sure how the haze will affect the grade, but I will probably soak in acetone to see if it will come off.
Below are the pics. And before you ask, no that is not a fingerprint in the right obverse field, that's some haze on the coin that was there when I pulled it form the cello. It also seems that my exposure meter on my camera was acting up today so I will put two exposures of the obverse out of the cello. Any comments welcome!
Full set obverse (cello)
Full set reverse (cello)
Half obverse (cello)
Half reverse (cello)
Half obverse high exposure (no cello)
Half obverse low exposure (no cello)
Half reverse (no cello)
Young Numismatist, Coin Photography: https://forums.collectors.com/discussion/1090140/flyingal-coin-photography-10-photos#latest