My submission predictions...with results coming shortly
I submitted 10 coins for Gold Shield action at the FUN show. Some of these coins were grabbed in haste under very poor privacy and lighting conditions. The rush was because the time was around noon, I had a 1.5-hour drive ahead of me to get to FUN, and the tellers could not pull my SDB out from the framework. So, two tellers got a hammer and screwdriver and were working with great effort to unfree it for 10-15 minutes. I was quite disturbed by the entire scene. The trip getting to FUN was a fricking gauntlet. I got caught in traffic, missed my turnoff, and then had to walk slowly like a tight-assed, tin soldier 200 yards and up three flights of stairs to reach a restroom. I mentioned this in my show report. The "Penny Lady" took my picture and I looked grim and frazzled. Next FUN show, I'll be better prepared.
Anyway, here's my predictions based upon grades I assigned to these coins in my notes. Unfortunately, I only have seller's photos for one of these coins. That's one of the reasons I'm submitting them for grading.
1844-P WB12: "EF45, Nice!" - It has some splotchy dark spots but also some beautiful toning that I hope the Trueviews capture.
1845-P WB4: "Dipped but retoned with mottled toning, nice!" - I normally avoid dipped coins but I made an exception for this surprisingly tough date.
1866 50C WB-3 Motto DDO: "EF40, Nice toning!" - From memory, it has atypical, olive to loden brown/green toning.
1876-CC 50C WB12 Medium CC: "VF35" - The seller wouldn't take $180 in a BIN OBO as a near EF. He posted it again as a true auction and I won it for $170. I have shared this seller's picture and that story before here. The coin has interesting pale gray-green and light pink toning and my guess is it may have been dipped and/or put in a soft flip or strange environment.
I was referring to this coin when I recently asked if there were any special considerations in grading CC SLHs. The E in LIBERTY is weak, but the coin otherwise looks like a solid VF35 to me.
1980-P 50C: "VF25, nice toning" - a duplicate coin. I cannot recall what it looks like.
1881-P 50C: "VG8, cleaned" - Another coin I cannot recall. I expect this duplicate to be a "details" coin as I grabbed it by mistake. I struggled to see my coins because the safe door blocked the lighting in the no-privacy (!) viewing area. Totally unsatisfactory, and I need to move my coins back to the other branch bank 10 miles further away that had private rooms.
1884-P 50C: "nicely toned VF30 but with lots of hits" - off eBay about 3 years ago for $700 (=cheap).
1885-P 50C: "EF40, thick, light tan-cream fading to blue toning, DO (Dick Osburn) loved this coin" -
I wasn't crazy about the toning. This was back in the day when I loved dark toning and Dick Osburn had lots of SLH for sale but no photos. I had trouble interpreting his descriptions and learned quickly that his descriptions did not match my tastes well. A lot of coins were returned. I kept this one because I thought he'd cut me off if I returned more coins. I've since changed my mind and think it's a really nice coin with interesting toning. Trueview has a challenge here to accurately capture this subtle toning, IMO.
1900-O 50C: "VF30" - a choice raw Barber sold by a Brit in a "miscellaneous Halves" backwater of eBay for peanuts ($135). An eBay raw coin 'victory.'
1892-S 50C: "VF30" - a coin with light toning but somewhat dirt-free such that it may have been gently cleaned but lacks hairlines.
So now join the ongoing wait for the grades and Trueviews to be posted.