Peace Dollar Fanatic

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  1. Thank you for everyone's input. I greatly appreciate it! I took the coin to a coin store out of town and the guy said that although he is not an expert on peace dollars, there is no way that my coin's surface was due to natural toning. I decided to send the coin to NGC for an appearence review. So I'll probably end up buying the cheapest membership and sending it off next week. I guess we'll know the answer in less than 3 weeks. Also, I do have the latest Guide Book for Peace Dollars and really enjoyed reading it! The book does make a brief note of the 1921 and 1922 sandblasted and antiqued peace dollar and says "Other 1921 and 1922 High Relief examples of sandblasting and antiquing might exist."
  2. I would think that as well... But wasn't the 1921 Baker Esate Peace dollar just a regular peace dollar with the finishes added on top of it after the coin was struck? I guess PCGS made an exception. But when I search the serial number on the PCGS website, I get no results... Anyway, I took some coins that were all graded by NGC to my local coin store to get their opinion and the owner did not even look at them because apparently he only deals with coins graded by PCGS. He even told me that he hates coins graded by NGC and even said that "it's a shame that your coins were graded by them." All of my coins were in old fatty NGC holders and he said that some of the holders looked suspicious and said it might be a counterfeit...I thought NGC and PCGS standards were almost the same and respected deeply?
  3. Thank you RWB. I did not know that at all! I might have to send this coin in to NGC again. Do you think possible that this coin's surface was alterned in some way a long time ago and NGC overlooked it?
  4. Thank you everone for your opinion. Obviously I have a log way to go when it comes to detecting varieties or rarities. But now that you mention it, e1cnr... Now I'm worried that the coin's surface may have been altered. That would be the only explanation. Personally I have never seen any peace dollar that have natually toned flat gray on both sides equally....Don't 1921 peace dollars usually tone golden brown or yellow brown? What are the chances of a coin toning evenly on both sides in a dark grayish color? When I look under a loop, even the bag marks and the small scratches are toned black within...
  5. I apologize if there is some sort of a misunderstanding, but I never said that my coin could be a specimen proof. As I mentioned before, the sandblasted and antiqued 1921 peace dollars were made from circulation strikes and only the finishes on the surface were added. I quote directly from Stacks's Bowers' auction description that sold the 1921 Sandblasted with Anqitue Finished Peace Dollar from the Baker estate: "The 1921 offered here began as a normal high relief circulation strike. For the purpose of the mint director’s comparison, it was pulled from production, and antiqued, creating a unique Specimen." "This particular coin has also been antiqued through a process of applied patination that darkened the light gray silver to a medium charcoal tone. Afterwards, the coin was brushed to remove much of the new patina, leaving it only in the protected recesses, close to the devices and near the rims." Multiple coin experts agree that the 1921 sandblasted and antiqued coin from the Baker esate is NOT a proof, but a specimen instead. Quote: "These two coins are unique and certainly very special, but they are both "Specimens," not Proofs." "First, the strikes of the two coins, while acceptable, are not nearly as sharp as those seen on the official Proofs." If it helps any, have included a side by side photo for comparison. On the left is a regular 1921 high relief peace dollar graded Ms63 by NGC. On the right is a coin that I suspect to be the Sandblasted and antiqued coin. I have read in a book that antiquing a coin like a medal was quite common back then because the process helped to emphasize the artist's design and allowed mint afficials and the director to evaulate the coin. I'm assuming that the mint made several sandblasted and antiqued 1921 peace dollar and sent the best one to director Baker for inspection. Presumably, all other pieces (like the 1922 high relief circulation pieces with a mintage of 35,401) were melted down after director Baker agreed with the superintendent of the philadelphia mint that large scale production of the 1922 high relief peace dollar would not be possible. However, I do think it is possible that some of the mint workers bought a coin at face value and took it home as a souvenir, before all trial/ expirimental coins were melted down.
  6. Thank you for your opinions! I guess it's just a rgular 1921 peace dollar. But the toning does seem rather odd to me...I would like to resubmit this coin to NGC or PCGS in future. Anyway, here is a another picture of the reverse of the coin taken at a different angle with a different light source.
  7. Hello everone! I just have a question about my new 1921 peace dollar.This peace dollar has a very unusual surface. It has a flat grainy gray texture and has dark patina close to the devices and near the rims. There is no cartwheel luster whatsoever. Is this possible that this coin is a 1921 specimen (not a proof) sandblasted/antique peace dollar? One from the Baker estate was sold in 2014. Apparently the coin was created by taking a regular high relief circulation strike and then sandblasting/antiquing the coin. You can view/read about that coin here: https://auctions.stacksbowers.com/lots/view/1-1N8KI PCGS estimates the mintage to be around 8. Is it possible that this coin was overlooked by NGC a long time ago, since it was graded several years ago? This coin is graded by NGC but does not note any special finishes on the label. Maybe it's just an interestingly toned ordinary 1921 peace dollar? I'm just not sure. Feel free to post your opinions below. Thanks!