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Which would you choose?

Of two slabbed coins, one graded higher than the other. Yet the lower graded example appears nicer, meaning in eye appeal.


  • pruebaspruebas Posts: 4,278 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Usually I choose both because I am a hoarder.

  • coinkatcoinkat Posts: 22,675 ✭✭✭✭✭

    depends on the surviving population and the overall chances of finding the coin I like. I can easily be satisfied with a lower grade example based on how I perceive rarity, condition rarity in connection with the surviving population. I suspect I won't sell the coin that serves as my icon here- even though I own a higher graded example. And the higher graded example is attractive in its own right. It really sort of boils down to a quality for the grade question.

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  • BoosibriBoosibri Posts: 11,821 ✭✭✭✭✭

    the "nicer" of the two generally but depends on price too

  • neildrobertsonneildrobertson Posts: 1,172 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited October 28, 2023 9:59PM

    The nicer one because it is often priced lower too. It's the best of both worlds.

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  • SapyxSapyx Posts: 1,966 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I buy coins, not statistics. I want to look at the coins, not their statistics. A coin's physical appearance will always win out over some statistic written on a slab or 2x2.

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  • NapNap Posts: 1,699 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I don’t think any of the grading services grade the coins in my areas of interest all that consistently. That’s an issue with all hammered coins. So I’d go with the one with the better eye appeal. Hopefully it’s cheaper too. And maybe I’ll crack it out :)

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