BillJones

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About BillJones

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    Retired Coin Dealer, Author
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  1. Giving the poster the benefit of the doubt, this coin is now 54 years old. When I was young collector in 1964 finding a coin dated 1910 would have seemed like a big deal. It could have been an early Lincoln cent, a Liberty Nickel or even one of the Barber silver coins, which were all obsolete back then and not seen very often in circulation. Today things are different. The cent can't buy anything and does not circulate very much. Therefore higher grade ones, even pieces that are 54 years old, crop up in circulation. As collectors we know they have no numismatic value, but a novice could think differently. I'm just trying to put things in perspective.
  2. Give me your opinion Washington Quarter

    I can understand how you might think that a 50+ year old coin might have a collectors' value. When I was a kid in the 1960s, a 50 year old coin was an Indian Cent (minted 1859 to 1909), a Liberty Nickel (1883 - 1912) or some other "exotic" obsolete coin. Today the clad coins are really durable, and I don't think that coins circulate as rapidly as they used to do. Therefore you will see a piece like this in circulation. They don't have an collector value beyond their face value unless they are in Choice Mint State condition.
  3. Give me your opinion Washington Quarter

    Perhaps the photo has been juiced which has given the colors an unnatural vividness. Sometimes people do that to make a toner look more appealing to the uninitiated. That usually turns off the more advanced collectors.
  4. Like to know your opinion

    EF sharpness, but there appears to be some cleaning and re-toning involved. The picture gives the coin a dull, cleaned look in the fields. There is also an unfortunately placed scratch that runs through the date that won't help you to sell it. It's probably worth "VF-ish" money. Here is one that has more of the look that collectors like.
  5. Question about Morgan Dollar in bags or rolls

    All Morgan Dollars were shipped from the mint in bags. The mint did not put coins in rolls until modern times to sell to collectors. As for the banks, I have seen a paper silver dollar roll, and I've been a collector since the early 1960s. I don't think that there were any paper rolls for dollars in the 1800s .
  6. Give me your opinion Washington Quarter

    The toning is definitely artificial. The coin under it is AU or maybe Unc., but given the toning the luster will be impaired. Beware of toning with these shards of color. It is almost always artificial.
  7. Here is a raw (undertified) coin, a 1909, that I would grade AU-58. It has less luster and signs of wear.
  8. Here is the 1908 $2.50 in MS-64. The eagle's "shoulder feathers" are flat on this piece because that was way the coin was made. This is a characteristic of 1908 quarter eagles which was corrected the following year. Note that both coins have a lot of luster, which is an important part of making the Mint State grade.
  9. Unfortunately the photo you have provided was lit in a such away that precise grade is not possible. The main grading points are the Indian's cheekbone and for all dates, except 1908, the "shoulder feathers" at the top of the eagle's wing. There should be no wear on those areas on a strict Mint State piece. Beyond that the number stray marks in the fields, luster and general appearance mark the differences between MS-60 and the higher Mint State grades. In general this type and to a much greader extent, the five dollar Indian coin, are among the more difficult 20th century coins to locate in strict Mint State. Unlike every other coin in the U.S. series, the fields on this design are the highest part of the coin and therefore very prone to scratches and wear. It is this reason that treasry officials did not regard this design as a success. It was thought that having the design devices recessed into the surface of the coin would make it last for many years in circulation, but the fields became marked up so quickly, that the coin soon lost a lot of its beauty while in circulation. My photos are not great, but I will show you a couple of Mint State coins. This 1925-D quarter has been graded MS-65 by our hosts, and I fully agree with the grade. In the next post I will show you a 1908 quartrer eagle that PCGS graded MS-64.
  10. 1908 Barber Half Dollar

    I would also say VF details. In additon to the minor roughness, something was done to the rim on the left side.
  11. Help to grade 1873 Half

    The half dollar has never been dipped or cleaned and has its orginal surfaces and color. Finding pieces that are totally original that are sill attractive is challenging.
  12. Help to grade 1873 Half

    The coin looks like it was cleaned with something like ammonia many years ago. It appears that some of the chemical is still on the piece. To show the difference, this half dollar has been dipped so that it has mostly a white silver color, but it has been graded and would be acceptable to most collectors.
  13. 1918 Walker - Strike Characteristic?

    If it is a 1918-S, there is a big difference. Unlike the Philadelphia Mint, the San Francisco Mint usually did not issue sharply struck half dollars during the the teens and twenties.
  14. 1856 4 ducats

    I didn't collect Austrian coins. What you can do is check the price catalogs, or Google the coin to see if it is a major rarity that has a significant collector following. To be worth very much over the melt value, a coin like this needs to be rare and have a strong market to support it. If it does not have those things, it is worth melt or less. What I just wrote applies to old American gold coins. The same thing is true here. I just Googied this coin and found that a piece graded AU-58 by NGC sold for $7,050. That a nice price, but that coin was not holed. I still that the piece you are considering is not worth much over melt. There is a big difference between an AU-58 and a piece with a hole, especially with gold which almost always collected in high grade.
  15. 1856 4 ducats

    A hole is perhaps the worst defect a coin can have, unless it is supposed to be there. I collect 19th century presidential campaign medalets. Many of those pieces had a hole so that people could wear them like modern campaign buttons. In those cases the hole is okay although some collectors disagree with me. Unfortunately most of the time a hole like this reduces the value of the coin to its melt value.