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About mikesartifacts

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    Collector is an understatement.

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    Collector of Color
  • Hobbies
    4-Wheeling, rock crawling with Jeeps
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    Laguna Niguel, CA
  1. GUESS THE GRADE - 1890-O Morgan dollar

    This one was graded MS64. Hardly a mark on it. https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7209/26919700916_b3aab631d8_b.jpg' alt='26919700916_b3aab631d8_b.jpg'>1890-O PCGS MS64 by Mike, on Flickr[/img]
  2. GUESS THE GRADE - 1890-O Morgan dollar

    So, it's been 15 months since I started this post, sorry for the long delay. I do have grading results from PCGS today. Anyone else care to take a guess? '90-O's are notorious for being weakly struck. Hint, it did come back with a numerical grade. 1890-O 1$ PCGS by Mike, on Flickr
  3. Textile Toned Peace Dollar

    Very cool! I have come to like textile toning a lot in the last couple of years, but I have not seen a Peace dollar, with decent color to boot. Nice.
  4. GUESS THE GRADE - 1890-O Morgan dollar

    We are all judging from OP's pics. What I see is rub on high points on obverse and reverse. Specifically, the obverse hair line and cap and eagles breast on the reverse. I see diminished luster. This year and mint are known for weak strikes, this coins strike is weaker than most, but the strike should not impact the grade that much. The rub I see does. We all know how difficult it is to tell anything from a photograph viewed on a computer screen, in an effort to try and show a little more detail here is a quick and dirty iPhone video under fluorescent lighting. I will say that looking under mag, the luster is not disturbed on the high points, no perceivable wear can be seen - just the wildly soft strike areas on the eagle's breast and over Liberty's ear. Video below: 1890-O_video
  5. GUESS THE GRADE - 1890-O Morgan dollar

    Thanks, there does not appear to be any problems; hairlines, rim bumps, etc., but you know this one will be picked apart as the TPGs are more hesitant on a coin like this IMO. Mushiness might keep it out of gem status even if all the planets align for everything else. If it was a an'81-S it would be MS64+ or better all day long. This is the perfect coin to test many things; ones own grading skills, the current status of TPG grading standards, and the potential for a nice ROI. NNC gave it a MS66. I am a gambler and will send it in for sure, not sure of the service yet. If it comes back as a 63 than I succeed in putting it in a respected holder to be enjoyed for what it is by any future owner - it won't be a coin that is scoffed at in an over-graded holder. If it comes back any higher than that is a bonus. we will see.
  6. I took a chance on this one and put in the winning bid on eBay of $84.00. It looked like it had some promise and when I got it home it had a little more. Typical mushy O-mint strike but what a smooth cheek. Try and guess the grade that NNC gave it (doesn't really matter) and try and guess the grade that a real TPG will give it when I send it in. Which service should I send it to? I will post the grade later. Thanks, Mike 1890-O 3 by Balloon tire bikes, on Flickr[/img] https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7290/15825760283_1328ff81c4_b.jpg' alt='15825760283_1328ff81c4_b.jpg'>1890-O 4 by Balloon tire bikes, on Flickr[/img]
  7. 1879-S, 1880-S, 1881-S Morgan Dollars (Toned)

    Beautiful toners in the neon spectrum.... Good luck with your reverse toned date set, I know what its like to put a toned date set together. Years of searching. The 1890s will be tough for sure, for my set I had a duplicate for the 1893 slot, and since I was focusing on an obverse set and this was was mostly reversed toned I sold it last year. PCGS AU55. I wish I still had it just from the standpoint that it was tough to find. 1893-O AU55 by Balloon tire bikes, on Flickr
  8. Toned Morgan Date Set.... very cool...

    Thanks TonerGuy, I knew you guys would stumble on this listing, I wasn't going to start a thread on it after getting after getting 20 lashes for giving it a sneak peak last year in US Coins instead of BST (my bad). Yes coinman that was your 1886 Ex Binion thank you very much, and dimefreak was also a key contributor to this set with two beautiful 81-S pieces. The day I cracked these out was a stressful day to be sure, but I do like them all together, it was the only sensible? way to show them as a whole. No regrets, yet.
  9. Thought it was possibly AT but its a bag toner with textile dots on the obverse. 84-CC obv 84-CC rev2 84-CC rev
  10. Least Popular US Series

    I'm with Stella.
  11. Thoughts on the toning of this SLQ

    I'll agree with NT.
  12. 1922 Peace PR67 Matte Finish Hi Relief

    Very neat coins. I wonder if ever a real 1964 Peace will turn up...
  13. .

    Thanks again Kenny for the smooth deal, fast shipping and "no worries" packaging. I absolutely love the coin, and when I opened it up it looked way better than the HA photos, this one taken with iPhone 5S. The coin has great luster and the colors are extremely vibrant. I am pleased to say the least. Thanks! Mike photo by Balloon tire bikes, on Flickr