My latest world regular grades are in!
This ended up being my voucher sub for the year, and it got returned to my house in 48 business days after being received. I'll share my results and a little bit about each coin.
Let's talk the coins:
1771 Mexico City 8 Reales - AU - Cleaned
This was a coin that I submitted in preparation for listing it on ebay. I bought it thinking it was an XF with an old cleaning that might be market acceptable. PCGS pegged it as AU cleaned, which more or less agrees with my assessment. I think it's likely worth what I have in it, so no dramas here.
1909-A Germany Empire 1 Mark Proof, PR66CAM
This was a coin that I thought had the potential to fit into my German Empire proof type set, so I went ahead and got it graded. The trueviews make it look more hairlined and less flashy than it is in hand, but I can deal with it. It will supplant my 64DCAM that I previously had in my type set. I had it as a 65 or 66, and it came in at 66 so I am happy with the grade. 66 is a very solid grade for this type. A 67 would be suitable for top type sets, with 68 being exceptional.
1952-D Germany 5 Mark, Deutsches Museum Commemorative, MS64
This is the first of the modern Germany 5 Mark commemoratives. It's the lowest mintage and the most valuable but not particularly rare. Nonetheless, it's a $400-500 coin at MS64. I was expecting 64, so I am happy with it. My long-term plan is to eventually get all of my 5 Mark commemoratives to a grade that is worth grading and put them on the registry.
1874-F German Empire 5 Pfennig Proof, PR63
This is another coin for my German Empire proof type set. It is a fairly rare type. acsearch.info searches yield <10 auction records of the type over the same number of years. It's not super high grade, but it has the flash and the cameo to be impressive enough in hand to really stand out over a business trike. This is a key factor to me in collecting these proofs. Since there are really no historical mint records documenting the mintages or the methods of manufacture for proofs, attributing proofs can sometimes be difficult. It can be hard to tell if something is truly a proof or just an early strike. PCGS (and NGC to a lesser extent) has attributed a handful of proofs from this era, and they aren't all clearly proof. This at least has the look, yet the presence of things like die polish do make you wonder.
1890-A German Empire 20 Pfennig Proof, PR66
This is another really rare proof issue. It's comparatively more common than the 5 Pfennig small eagle, but a similar search result would still yield <20 examples over the past 10 years. It's probably the most rare of the large eagle proof types. Slightly rarer than the 50 Pfennig large eagle type. This one is at least above the 50th percentile of the examples that exist. It's hard to say much more than that based on old auction photos and having never seen another one in person.
6 & 7. 1955-G Germany 5 Mark, Von Baden Commemorative, MS65 & MS66
I had two of the Von Baden 5 Mark commemoratives raw in my collection. This is another of the "first 4" rarer Germany commemorative 5 Marks. The first 4 are all over $150 dolars, when the remaining ~40 commemoratives in the series are all under $20. I decided to send both of these in to help me decide which to keep and to aid in selling the one that I didn't want to keep. The MS65 example has very pleasant toning, but the overall luster isn't quite as strong as on the MS66 example. The MS66 example also has a little bit of cameo, which is something I look for on these. I'm happy with the result and will keep the 66.
- 1929 Weimar Republic 3 Mark Lessing Commemorative
I sent this coin in because I thought it had a solid chance of being an upgrade to my current MS64 example in my type set. This one was a moderate disappointment because it graded 64 instead of 65. This one will go onto the chopping block and hit ebay as well.