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Help me grade this 1903 McKinley gold $1

So I purchased this McKinley $1 gold coin housed in a PCI holder. I bought the coin and not the holder and need some help grading it... It's very lustrous and super small and I'm having a hard time coming up with a grade...

What would you grade this at?

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    SametsSamets Posts: 109 ✭✭✭

    Here's a better attempt at the pictures of this little guy...

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    rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Samets ... The pictures are really to dark for an accurate analysis.... It does appear to be in the MS range. Better pictures - more light - will be necessary. Cheers, RickO

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    MaywoodMaywood Posts: 1,891 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Damaged, Unc. details.

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    SametsSamets Posts: 109 ✭✭✭

    How about now?

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    BillJonesBillJones Posts: 33,481 ✭✭✭✭✭

    The piece has some marks and most definitely not Mint State.

    I am concerned that it was mounted at one time. The edges have the look that it has been removed from some sort of a ring that held it.

    These coins were sold at the fair fair mounted in spoons and other sorts of holders. I am guessing this may have been removed from one. If the reeding is mess up on the edge, that is a strong clue.

    Here is one that is in a PCGS MS-64 holder. It has a P-L like surface, which is the reason I bought it.

    Retired dealer and avid collector of U.S. type coins, 19th century presidential campaign medalets and selected medals. In recent years I have been working on a set of British coins - at least one coin from each king or queen who issued pieces that are collectible. I am also collecting at least one coin for each Roman emperor from Julius Caesar to ... ?
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    AUandAGAUandAG Posts: 24,536 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Not MS, ex-jewelry

    bob :)

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    BuffaloIronTailBuffaloIronTail Posts: 7,408 ✭✭✭✭✭

    That sure is a real nice, obscure coin.

    Don't see many floating around.

    Pete

    "I tell them there's no problems.....only solutions" - John Lennon
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    davewesendavewesen Posts: 5,849 ✭✭✭✭✭

    what is going on the edge at 10'oclock on the obverse? did it have a mount removed? are there reeds?

    I am leaning AU details ex-jewelry

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    PerryHallPerryHall Posts: 45,405 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Can we see the PCI slab label? I'm curious to see how they graded it.

    Worry is the interest you pay on a debt you may not owe.

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    DisneyFanDisneyFan Posts: 1,692 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @BillJones said:

    Here is one that is in a PCGS MS-64 holder. It has a P-L like surface, which is the reason I bought it.

    Is this one of the four that PCGS states is PL in their population report?

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    BillJonesBillJones Posts: 33,481 ✭✭✭✭✭

    No, @DisneyFan, it only has that look.

    Retired dealer and avid collector of U.S. type coins, 19th century presidential campaign medalets and selected medals. In recent years I have been working on a set of British coins - at least one coin from each king or queen who issued pieces that are collectible. I am also collecting at least one coin for each Roman emperor from Julius Caesar to ... ?
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    DeplorableDanDeplorableDan Posts: 2,533 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I think I know where you bought this coin. It was PCI 63 right? I just wonder if the obverse scratch will merit a details grade.

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    DisneyFanDisneyFan Posts: 1,692 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @DeplorableDan said:
    I think I know where you bought this coin. It was PCI 63 right? I just wonder if the obverse scratch will merit a details grade.

    Good question. Lots of coins have scratches, what pushes them over the line so they are not straight graded?

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    ashelandasheland Posts: 22,681 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Nice one, Bill! 👍

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    DisneyFanDisneyFan Posts: 1,692 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @BillJones said:
    No, @DisneyFan, it only has that look.

    Bowers in his Commemorative book states many commemorative gold coins coins are prooflike; yet very few have been labelled by the grading services.

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