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Opinions on this '78 8/7 tf morgan?

spyglassdesignspyglassdesign Posts: 1,437 ✭✭✭✭✭
edited August 6, 2022 9:48AM in U.S. Coin Forum

I am debating whether to keep bidding on this coin. Does this look mint state to you guys? If so, what would your guess based on these pictures be? It's currently at $330 which is decent if it's a mid grade. I know it's always tough to accurately estimate from pictures.

Thanks again for all your feedback! I'm 50/50 right now whether it's worth pursuing further.


  • FloridafacelifterFloridafacelifter Posts: 1,053 ✭✭✭✭✭

    You mean ‘78 in your title. I don’t like the gash on the jawline- she needs stitches!

  • spyglassdesignspyglassdesign Posts: 1,437 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Floridafacelifter yes fixed thanks. And yeah I tend to stay away from coins where she looks like she's a battered wife usually lol

  • coinbufcoinbuf Posts: 10,393 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Those photos are taken that way on purpose I would bet, if there is a no questions asked return policy I guess you could continue with bidding. I would have dropped out at $50.

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  • FlyingAlFlyingAl Posts: 2,483 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited August 6, 2022 10:31AM

    I have seen a lot of coins with those style of pictures look harshly cleaned in hand.

    Edited to add: I only ever bid on those types of listings if I can get a good price on a scarce variety - in other words if I can make sure I can survive price wise with a details grade.

  • spyglassdesignspyglassdesign Posts: 1,437 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Thanks for the feedback. You all pretty much confirmed why I was on the fence (and now on the back out side of the fence).

  • jesbrokenjesbroken Posts: 8,700 ✭✭✭✭✭

    No bid at all here.

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  • BillJonesBillJones Posts: 33,024 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited August 6, 2022 10:53AM

    Here's one that was in an NGC MS-63 holder at one time. I cracked it out many years ago so it could be put in the Capital Plastics holder shown before the coin.

    I have another one in an NGC MS-63 holder that is a bit nicer than this one, but it's in the bank and I have never photographed it.

    The pictures of the OP coin make the coin look washed out with no luster. If it has luster, it's a decent example for sure.

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  • coinkatcoinkat Posts: 22,423 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I would no longer bid on this one... I doubt that is what you want to hear but I see patience as a virtue with Morgans... excluding the sportscars

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  • spyglassdesignspyglassdesign Posts: 1,437 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @coinkat said:
    I would no longer bid on this one... I doubt that is what you want to hear but I see patience as a virtue with Morgans... excluding the sportscars

    No I'm with you. I wanted honest opinions and I got them, and I agree. I was 50/50 at best anyways and I've already overspent so you guys just confirmed what I was already thinking :smiley:

  • lilolmelilolme Posts: 2,312 ✭✭✭✭✭

    The OP photos look suspicious to me. The texture, I will call it, of the fields is not what I normally see.
    Here are 3 areas blown up.

    Notice the irregularities in the field from N to M and then some down by the stars. Those are contact marks that for some reason don't come through like normal.

    And again under the U and S....

    Here the larger reed marks and contact come through more normal. But then notice how the smaller marks do not. Out in front of and below the chin and neck more irregularities that do not come through. Contact marks?
    Also what is going on with the ear lobe? Would make me suspicious that the cheek might not be showing everything one would see in hand.

    Just for reference here is a MS63 and notice how contact marks look.

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  • spyglassdesignspyglassdesign Posts: 1,437 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @lilolme Thanks, that helps for future things to look for as well.

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