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A crusty li’l cutie I picked up in a recent DLRC auction…

lordmarcovanlordmarcovan Posts: 43,212 ✭✭✭✭✭
edited December 22, 2022 4:17AM in U.S. Coin Forum

I’m a sucker for contrasting grey toning with that “antique patina” look, for which I coined the term “CircCam” (i.e., “circulation cameo”).

I’m also a fan of early O-mint coins with the mintmark inside the wreath, for some reason I can’t adequately explain. ( I guess there’s worse things to like, eh?).

Nobody bid against me. Hey, she might be too dark for some folks. But me, I like 'em a bit dark sometimes, as long as there's some contrast there to make the devices pop a little.


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    P0CKETCHANGEP0CKETCHANGE Posts: 2,259 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Both are lovely coins with great eye appeal, but I love the quarter with rays. Nice pickup.

    Nothing is as expensive as free money.

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    KliaoKliao Posts: 5,468 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Awesome pickup. Really nice-looking example.

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    lordmarcovanlordmarcovan Posts: 43,212 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @ricko said:
    @lordmarcovan ... Both are nice coins. I also like the circam look on these coins. While not a tarnish fan, these have passed the 'color craze phase' and demonstrate commerce handling and terminal phase, with associated accumulation of Schmutz. Cheers, RickO

    High praise, considering the source, and the fact that these are both most definitely tarnished coins.


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    Dave99BDave99B Posts: 8,362 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Beautiful! Love the contrast on that baby.

    Dave

    Always looking for original, better date VF20-VF35 Barber quarters and halves, and a quality beer.
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    jedmjedm Posts: 2,942 ✭✭✭✭✭

    You've got a great eye for nice looking coins!

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    BarberianBarberian Posts: 3,050 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited December 23, 2022 1:14AM

    I'm a sucker for darkly toned coins and "Circ cameo" coins as well. Here's an 1857 and 1858 that will go with your set.

    This 'black beauty' is beginning to show light corrosion besides toning, though.

    However, even charcoal coins with pitting are straight grading these days.

    3 rim nicks away from Good
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    johnny9434johnny9434 Posts: 27,512 ✭✭✭✭✭

    That's a lot of nice coin, wtg 🙂

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    lordmarcovanlordmarcovan Posts: 43,212 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited December 23, 2022 3:11AM

    @Barberian said:
    I'm a sucker for darkly toned coins and "Circ cameo" coins as well. Here's an 1857 and 1858 that will go with your set.

    >
    Love that '57-O! It's perfect!

    Here's a '61-O half I had, but sold. More modest grade, and had a few little scuffs, but nice CircCam contrast, and of course a very historical date/mint combo.

    I replaced it with a possibly-undergraded 1844 in an old small white ANACS holder that I found here on BST. This coin is certainly not a CircCam, and barely a circ at all, but when I saw it, I had to have it. (It is the only ANACS holder in my otherwise all PCGS/NGC collection.)

    Here is my present 20-cent piece type coin. Again, pretty modest grade (F12 is my bottom line), but nice contrast, and it's a Philly, so not just another 1875-S.

    I have a crusty Trade dollar and Seated dollar off at PCGS right now, but I suspect the T$ will not straight-grade, as it had an old cleaning. If the CircCam 1871 dollar straight-grades, I will keep it for my With Motto Seated dollar type coin, though it's unlikely to go higher than F12.

    My No Motto Seated dollar is not exactly a CircCam in terms of contrast, but I think it has a nice grey look.

    Departing from the Seated stuff but along the same lines of crusty greyness and/or CircCams, here's my DB half. (I just discovered it's in the CAC database, too, though it lacks a green bean sticker on the slab. Nice bonus, finding that out.)

    I could have probably gotten an AU-ish common-date Barber half for the price of this F15, but decided to go with a nice crusty circ example of one of the key dates, instead. I like those low-mintage 1913-14-15 Philly mint Barber halves at the tail end of the series.


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    Coin FinderCoin Finder Posts: 6,953 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Nice coin!

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    CladiatorCladiator Posts: 17,919 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Very nice sir!

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    jayPemjayPem Posts: 4,044 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Our friends at DLRC are even using the "circ cam" designation now 😀

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    jayPemjayPem Posts: 4,044 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Here's another..
    Nice entry level CCBG from DLRC
    🤤

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    jmlanzafjmlanzaf Posts: 31,943 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I like the term "circ cameos".

    One of my favorite US coins is a "reverse circ cameo". It's an IHC. There's dark chocolate toning against light brown fields. It really pops.

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    RLSnapperRLSnapper Posts: 521 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited December 23, 2022 12:57PM


    Here's one I had for 40 years....got it graded and put it up for auction at GC. Graded F15.

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    lordmarcovanlordmarcovan Posts: 43,212 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @jayPem said:
    Our friends at DLRC are even using the "circ cam" designation now 😀

    Ha! Cool! I hadn't noticed that. I'd seen Gerry Fortin using it on his site.


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    ashelandasheland Posts: 22,694 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I like that look also. :)

    A few of mine similar:


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    winestevenwinesteven Posts: 4,062 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I was fooled by a “Click Bait” title once again. I thought you attended the live auction in person at Virginia Beach, and as such, I was expecting to see a different type of photo, lol.

    Steve

    A day without fine wine and working on your coin collection is like a day without sunshine!!!

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    lordmarcovanlordmarcovan Posts: 43,212 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited December 23, 2022 11:54PM

    @winesteven said:
    I was fooled by a “Click Bait” title once again. I thought you attended the live auction in person at Virginia Beach, and as such, I was expecting to see a different type of photo, lol.

    Steve

    I have actually never attended a live coin auction in person. I’ll bet it’s interesting.

    I gather you were expecting something a tad more elite? Nope, I’m just a peasant who bids in the electronic auctions occasionally. ;)


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    yosclimberyosclimber Posts: 4,596 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @lordmarcovan said:
    I’m a sucker for contrasting grey toning with that “antique patina” look, for which I coined the term “CircCam” (i.e., “circulation cameo”).

    I’m also a fan of early O-mint coins with the mintmark inside the wreath, for some reason I can’t adequately explain. ( I guess there’s worse things to like, eh?).

    Nobody bid against me. Hey, she might be too dark for some folks. But me, I like 'em a bit dark sometimes, as long as there's some contrast there to make the devices pop a little.

    Your 1856-O half dime is a nice example of the V-1 die marriage:

    • high, left date
    • rev. crack at the left stem, O slightly right

    Of course I doubt you got it for this particular variety, but it's still a good one in my view.
    https://sites.google.com/view/clintcummins/half-dime-attribution-guide

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    lordmarcovanlordmarcovan Posts: 43,212 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @yosclimber - thanks! No, I’m not a variety collector at all, but that stuff is always good to know.


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    winestevenwinesteven Posts: 4,062 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @lordmarcovan said:

    @winesteven said:
    I was fooled by a “Click Bait” title once again. I thought you attended the live auction in person at Virginia Beach, and as such, I was expecting to see a different type of photo, lol.

    Steve

    I gather you were expecting something a tad more elite? Nope, I’m just a peasant who bids in the electronic auctions occasionally. ;)

    Actually, being I was fooled by the title, I was not expecting a photo of a coin. I suggest you read the title again, lol.

    A day without fine wine and working on your coin collection is like a day without sunshine!!!

    My collecting “Pride & Joy” is my PCGS Registry Dansco 7070 Set:
    https://www.pcgs.com/setregistry/type-sets/design-type-sets/complete-dansco-7070-modified-type-set-1796-date/publishedset/213996
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    lordmarcovanlordmarcovan Posts: 43,212 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @winesteven said:

    @lordmarcovan said:

    @winesteven said:
    I was fooled by a “Click Bait” title once again. I thought you attended the live auction in person at Virginia Beach, and as such, I was expecting to see a different type of photo, lol.

    Steve

    I gather you were expecting something a tad more elite? Nope, I’m just a peasant who bids in the electronic auctions occasionally. ;)

    Actually, being I was fooled by the title, I was not expecting a photo of a coin. I suggest you read the title again, lol.

    Oh, you were perhaps expecting a cutie of the nonmetallic sort?


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    BarberianBarberian Posts: 3,050 ✭✭✭✭✭

    ...

    @lordmarcovan said:

    @winesteven said:

    @lordmarcovan said:

    @winesteven said:
    I was fooled by a “Click Bait” title once again. I thought you attended the live auction in person at Virginia Beach, and as such, I was expecting to see a different type of photo, lol.

    Steve

    I gather you were expecting something a tad more elite? Nope, I’m just a peasant who bids in the electronic auctions occasionally. ;)

    Actually, being I was fooled by the title, I was not expecting a photo of a coin. I suggest you read the title again, lol.

    Oh, you were perhaps expecting a cutie of the nonmetallic sort?

    Maybe he prefers his women to be "crusty."

    3 rim nicks away from Good
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    winestevenwinesteven Posts: 4,062 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited December 24, 2022 1:40PM

    @Barberian said:

    Maybe he prefers his women to be "crusty?"

    Cutie, yes, Crusty, not so much, lol.

    A day without fine wine and working on your coin collection is like a day without sunshine!!!

    My collecting “Pride & Joy” is my PCGS Registry Dansco 7070 Set:
    https://www.pcgs.com/setregistry/type-sets/design-type-sets/complete-dansco-7070-modified-type-set-1796-date/publishedset/213996

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