Learning to grade coins
For some people it comes easy or should I say naturally. Older guys like myself who are kind of new to the hobby might find it more difficult as a newbie. Eyesight's not what it was but I have glasses and a loupe.
I was hoping it could be like an online seminar thread on how to grade.
I have a few questions to kick things off.
When you handle a coin and start your grading what is your pattern?
Do you look at luster first?
How does one deduct dings, marks, luster breaks or rubs.
I'd love to spend a few days in a grading room but since I know that's not going to happen maybe we can establish an approach to grading.
I can take a guess at a grade but it's not technical. It's usually based on familiarity with seeing other coins of a similar grade from memory.
I know what a circulated coin looks like but when you get into AU and above I think it gets tricky.
I really hope to learn more.
Student of numismatics and collector of Morgan dollars