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What grade is this and which do I keep?

LeeroybrownLeeroybrown Posts: 429 ✭✭✭✭✭
edited March 15, 2024 11:38AM in U.S. Coin Forum

I have had come in my possession 2 of the same rare date/variety…. The 1842-O SLHD small date, reverse of 39 is one that I never thought that I would acquire at all, let alone two of them

But nonetheless, that is my current dilemma…

So… A couple questions for the group, as I am curious on everyone’s thoughts, and would love to have a lot of opinions on this one…

  1. Which one do I keep?
  2. What is the grade, quality of the nicer of the two?
  3. If I keep the nicer of the two… Do I put in my Dansco binder or do I send off for grading?

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    lkeneficlkenefic Posts: 7,831 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Wow... I suppose lightning can strike twice! Tough coin... I'd definitely keep the nicer of the two and, personally, I'd send it to our hosts for authentication. With counterfeiters getting as good as they are on other pieces, it's only a matter of time before it happens here too... as far as grade, I'm on the fence between F and VF... I'll say F15...

    Beautiful piece, and let us know what you decide... best of luck!

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    Manifest_DestinyManifest_Destiny Posts: 3,733 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I'd keep the higher grade one.

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    MFeldMFeld Posts: 12,056 ✭✭✭✭✭

    What do you like and dislike about each coin for this to be a dilemma for you?

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

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    LeeroybrownLeeroybrown Posts: 429 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Obviously I like the dark and crusty one much much better…

    Low Grade:
    +much cheaper investment
    +still are super rare date regardless of details, quality
    +hole filled in Dansco binder
    -looks bad and stands out

    Higher Grade:
    +very rare looking like this
    +looks really nice and crusty
    +matches my set “look” and quality better
    +probably will straight grade F12-15+
    -much more cost invested per one coin

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    MFeldMFeld Posts: 12,056 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Leeroybrown said:
    Obviously I like the dark and crusty one much much better…

    Low Grade:
    +much cheaper investment
    +still are super rare date regardless of details, quality
    +hole filled in Dansco binder
    -looks bad and stands out

    Higher Grade:
    +very rare looking like this
    +looks really nice and crusty
    +matches my set “look” and quality better
    +probably will straight grade F12-15+
    -much more cost invested per one coin

    Only you can know whether it’s worth it to you to have a lot more money tied up in a much better coin.

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

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    Davidk7Davidk7 Posts: 236 ✭✭✭

    The higher grade example is definitely more eye appealing.

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    291fifth291fifth Posts: 23,945 ✭✭✭✭✭

    The darker coin, even with its faults, beats the lighter and heavily worn coin by a wide margin. No contest.

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    MeltdownMeltdown Posts: 8,667 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Absolutely the darker and better detailed Half... sell the other one to offset the cost of the keeper.

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    SmudgeSmudge Posts: 9,257 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Keep the darker one. Send it in for grading.

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    pmh1nicpmh1nic Posts: 3,151 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Much more detail on the darker coin. A better representation of the coin in general. I'm not sure you'd get a straight grade on the lighter coin due to the major scratch.

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    WalkerfanWalkerfan Posts: 8,976 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited March 15, 2024 3:13PM

    The dark coin gets my vote due to the higher grade (better details).

    I don't think I'd send it off. Surfaces look suspect (very granular, IMHO).

    She would be at home in a Dansco.

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    ShurkeShurke Posts: 146 ✭✭✭

    @Leeroybrown said:
    Obviously I like the dark and crusty one much much better…

    Low Grade:
    +much cheaper investment
    +still are super rare date regardless of details, quality
    +hole filled in Dansco binder
    -looks bad and stands out

    Higher Grade:
    +very rare looking like this
    +looks really nice and crusty
    +matches my set “look” and quality better
    +probably will straight grade F12-15+
    -much more cost invested per one coin

    Based on this write up, it doesn’t really sound like much of a contest. You say both that you like the darker coin far better and that it better matches the look of your set. To me, that says everything; it’s the keeper of the two.

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    MapsOnFireMapsOnFire Posts: 195 ✭✭✭

    We all seem to like the sharper coin. You may send the lesser one to me!

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    BarberianBarberian Posts: 3,056 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Go with the darker coin.

    3 rim nicks away from Good

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