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1881 Half Eagle GTG, Grade Revealed

TonedeafTonedeaf Posts: 219 ✭✭✭✭✭
edited February 18, 2024 9:12AM in U.S. Coin Forum

My first GTG, go easy. Grade, stickers...
The luster in hand is much better than my pictures indicate. More pictures a few posts down the page
Thanks for playing.


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    Mr_SpudMr_Spud Posts: 4,436 ✭✭✭✭✭

    65

    Mr_Spud

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    OAKSTAROAKSTAR Posts: 5,806 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited February 17, 2024 1:21PM

    I hate going first! 64/65?

    EDIT: I guess that's second. 😉

    Disclaimer: I'm not a dealer, trader, grader, investor or professional numismatist. I'm just a hobbyist. (To protect me but mostly you! 🤣 )

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    logger7logger7 Posts: 8,078 ✭✭✭✭✭

    64+. Seems to be lacking much in the way of chatter or hairlines.

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    RobertScotLoverRobertScotLover Posts: 595 ✭✭✭✭

    What is preventing her from being 65? Is that really the true color of this piece?

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    jfriedm56jfriedm56 Posts: 836 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Looks like a 65 with very clean surfaces especially on the reverse.

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    tradedollarnuttradedollarnut Posts: 20,147 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited February 17, 2024 1:33PM

    With luster more than the pics and an NGC holder, I’m going 65+

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    TonedeafTonedeaf Posts: 219 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Ruh-roh, my pictures look better than I thought? Here are the TPGs glamor shots for comparison.


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    relicsncoinsrelicsncoins Posts: 7,859 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I'll go 64.

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    SmudgeSmudge Posts: 9,250 ✭✭✭✭✭

    64.

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    The_Dinosaur_ManThe_Dinosaur_Man Posts: 836 ✭✭✭✭✭

    62+. I know the coin looks great over all, but those hits on the obverse are deep and distracting to me.

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    epcepc Posts: 161 ✭✭✭✭
    edited February 17, 2024 3:10PM

    63 at best, to my eye, agreeing about the deep & distracting hits. But it seems like a lot of that is tolerated at higher grades, from my observation of other examples. So, I wouldn't be shocked by 65.

    Collector of Liberty Seated Half Dimes, including die pairs and die states

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    PerryHallPerryHall Posts: 45,415 ✭✭✭✭✭

    MS63 based on less than stellar pics.

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    alaura22alaura22 Posts: 2,660 ✭✭✭✭✭

    MS-64 CAC
    MS-65 No CAC

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    blitzdudeblitzdude Posts: 5,443 ✭✭✭✭✭

    63 RGDS!

    The whole worlds off its rocker, buy Gold™.

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    CryptoCrypto Posts: 3,387 ✭✭✭✭✭

    64 cac 65 no cac

    I am guessing 64+ cac

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    Morgan13Morgan13 Posts: 885 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited February 17, 2024 4:03PM

    Looks like an ms64 to me. No sticker unless it's a 63.
    Very nice coin.

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    Great luster. Great reverse (at minimum, 65). Marks on the neck and not totally hidden in the hair definitely diminish… I’m guessing 64+… Bit on the fence for a sticker, but leaning yes…

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    ashelandasheland Posts: 22,686 ✭✭✭✭✭
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    DeplorableDanDeplorableDan Posts: 2,534 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I like it as a 64, NGC would probably call it a 65

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    SurfinxHISurfinxHI Posts: 2,351 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I'll play in the 62 pool.

    Dead people tell interesting tales.
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    zer0manzer0man Posts: 34 ✭✭✭

    Don't like the obverse digs. 62 for me.

    DOG acolyte

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    MFeldMFeld Posts: 12,042 ✭✭✭✭✭

    63

    Mark Feld* of Heritage Auctions*Unless otherwise noted, my posts here represent my personal opinions.

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    AvocetAvocet Posts: 226 ✭✭✭✭

    Guess MS 64

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    marcmoishmarcmoish Posts: 6,221 ✭✭✭✭✭

    64, no bean

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    NickelMikeNickelMike Posts: 190 ✭✭✭

    She’s pretty but I think 63 no bean. Those hits are deep

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    Wahoo554Wahoo554 Posts: 1,086 ✭✭✭✭✭

    63 CAC

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    TonedeafTonedeaf Posts: 219 ✭✭✭✭✭

    The lighting makes the hits look worse then they are in hand. I am not good at taking pictures of coins. The TPG images are not very good either, in my opinion. A lot of credit has to be given to people that can capture, accurately, a picture that represents what the coin looks like in hand.
    Thanks to everyone that gave their opinion, all are appreciated.
    There are 3 firsts for me, one is this GTG post, two is a + grade and three is a green bean! I didn't buy this coin for the grade or the sticker, I like the way it looks and I got a reasonable deal on this purchase. 63+ green CAC.

    Shiny things distract me.

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    skier07skier07 Posts: 3,688 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Very nice coin.

    It just goes to show how difficult it is to grade a coin from pictures. Okay, the pictures weren’t the greatest, but the range of guesses was 62-65.

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    BillJonesBillJones Posts: 33,481 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I would have said MS-63+ or 64 in the NGC holder.

    PCGS graded this one, from the same era. MS-64.

    Retired dealer and avid collector of U.S. type coins, 19th century presidential campaign medalets and selected medals. In recent years I have been working on a set of British coins - at least one coin from each king or queen who issued pieces that are collectible. I am also collecting at least one coin for each Roman emperor from Julius Caesar to ... ?
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    MFeldMFeld Posts: 12,042 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @skier07 said:
    Very nice coin.

    It just goes to show how difficult it is to grade a coin from pictures. Okay, the pictures weren’t the greatest, but the range of guesses was 62-65.

    I think that overall, the guesses would have been closer to the assigned graded if the first set of images had been excluded.

    Mark Feld* of Heritage Auctions*Unless otherwise noted, my posts here represent my personal opinions.

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    TonedeafTonedeaf Posts: 219 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @MFeld said:

    @skier07 said:
    Very nice coin.

    It just goes to show how difficult it is to grade a coin from pictures. Okay, the pictures weren’t the greatest, but the range of guesses was 62-65.

    I think that overall, the guesses would have been closer to the assigned graded if the first set of images had been excluded.

    I think that the guesses were all good. And, I will refrain from GTGs unless I have TPG images. :)

    Shiny things distract me.

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