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Do you recognize this early 'Photograde' image from a publication?

I recently bought 6 photograding photos dated to the 1950s (or thereabouts), and I'm attaching an example of the Indian Cents photo. I've never seen anything like these before, but really like them. I'm assuming they were used in some numismatic publication, but I have not found that publication (if any). I suppose they could be privately made, but again I don't know. I tentatively found two earlier photograde publications where these may have been published, but I don't own copies of those books to confirm.

  1. A guide to the Grading of United States Coins, by Martin R. Brown (1964)
  2. New Photograde - A Photographic Grading Guide for UNITED STATES COINS, by James F. Ruddy (1970; there may be earlier versions)

If you recognize a matching image from one of these 2 publications or even a different publication, I'd really appreciate knowing where these come from (if anywhere).



  • goldengolden Posts: 8,805 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Not #2.

  • 291fifth291fifth Posts: 23,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    All of the coins in the photo look like they have been polished. I can't imagine a first rate grading book using that photo.

    All glory is fleeting.
  • davewesendavewesen Posts: 5,465 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I have many early grading books and do not recognize that picture. I wonder if it was for a coin show exhibit?

    What makes you think they are from the 50's?

  • CaptHenwayCaptHenway Posts: 31,257 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Was there an envelope? I think these were a low budget grading guide where you could buy a sheet for whatever series’s you collected and take the group to shows with you. The quality was not good and I doubt that they sold well. Saw a set in an old collection and I think this is what they were.

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  • 1madman1madman Posts: 1,123 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Is it just me or does the extra fine example look like a current ms62 coin?

  • BadMetalBadMetal Posts: 15 ✭✭

    @CaptHenway - these were just in a group without an envelope.

    Thanks for all the comments. :D

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