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“Grades revealed” 42/41 mercury dimes which would you keep and why

PppPpp Posts: 445 ✭✭✭✭
edited July 9, 2023 4:49AM in U.S. Coin Forum

Thank you in advance for your opinions. I will post the current grades in a day or two.


  • 1madman1madman Posts: 1,128 ✭✭✭✭✭

    B has had a slight cleaning


    I would not keep either coin. Wait for a better example to come along, and it will.

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  • ConnecticoinConnecticoin Posts: 12,418 ✭✭✭✭✭

    If I had to choose, I would keep A. Longer term, I would find a more original coin to replace A.

  • Che_GrapesChe_Grapes Posts: 1,765 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I don’t like either / both dates can be obtained BU and when it comes to Mercury dimes, I like ‘em shiny!!

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  • Manifest_DestinyManifest_Destiny Posts: 1,930 ✭✭✭✭✭

    First coin is original, second coin was cleaned and retoned (but a little better detail). I'd pick #1

  • KliaoKliao Posts: 5,370 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I would not keep either as others have said. Both don't look original. Would look for a more original looking example.

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  • P0CKETCHANGEP0CKETCHANGE Posts: 2,063 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Manifest_Destiny said:
    First coin is original, second coin was cleaned and retoned (but a little better detail). I'd pick #1

    The first one does not look completely original, IMO, and it seems like others agree. It seems more original, so I’d also keep #1 if forced to choose, but as others have said, I’d eschew both and wait for a better example.

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  • pursuitoflibertypursuitofliberty Posts: 6,362 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I thought I had posted this last night when i saw your post, but guess I didn't as it was in the drafts

    Easy choice for me ... A

    B has digs in the obverse field behind neck and looks to have been wiped "more"

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  • BikergeekBikergeek Posts: 154 ✭✭✭

    Agree with the consensus here... I'd always see those hairlines on B. A looks like it's had a bath, but not a hard scrubbing like B got.

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  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    If I were to keep one, it would be A. That being said, if you sold both, you could likely get a better specimen (one you would really like) with the funds. Cheers, RickO

  • 124Spider124Spider Posts: 653 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Che_Grapes said:
    I don’t like either / both dates can be obtained BU and when it comes to Mercury dimes, I like ‘em shiny!!

    While I agree that neither choice is, uh, choice, it's somewhere between disingenuous and absurdly unconscious for you to so blithely assert that everyone can/should buy this special coin in "BU" condition.

  • BillJonesBillJones Posts: 33,054 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I preferred "B" until I saw the reverse. It has those unfortunate parallel cleaning lines running down it.

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  • ShurkeShurke Posts: 105 ✭✭✭

    Between these two, I like A better.

    For what it’s worth, I had a similar 42/1 not long ago. I never considered it a mere “hole filler,” but I never really loved it either. In the end, I went the upgrade route.

  • 7Jaguars7Jaguars Posts: 7,092 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I happened upon a nice specimen that was not uncirculated but pleasing, and think you might consider similar as it was a slabbed AU55 from ATS. Prob needs acetone bath:

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  • logger7logger7 Posts: 7,777 ✭✭✭✭✭

    These always seem to lack eye appeal. First looks better.

  • Mr_SpudMr_Spud Posts: 3,993 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Probably A, I don’t like the vertical hairline scratches on B


  • bestdaybestday Posts: 4,218 ✭✭✭✭

    Found a 42/1 Good , in change, a couple years ago .... looks nicer in Unc

  • cameonut2011cameonut2011 Posts: 9,915 ✭✭✭✭✭

    The obvious hairlines on B are a turn off to me. I vote A for now, but would sell both and buy a higher graded problem free specimen.

  • PppPpp Posts: 445 ✭✭✭✭

    Everyone thank you for your comments.
    Personally I thought B was cleaned however it still received a straight grade.
    I will get rid of B and keep A until I find a nicer looking higher grade coin. Once I do I will get rid of A. Unfortunately, I don’t see higher grade coins often not just for the 42/41 but also the 42/41d.

  • AUandAGAUandAG Posts: 24,354 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Straight graded B, hmmm, I was wrong and I admit it.

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  • johnny9434johnny9434 Posts: 27,024 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Love the 45, nice grades

  • 124Spider124Spider Posts: 653 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Nice grades; I'm surprised, especially at A.

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