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Joe Ferentz

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Grading my Franklin Half Dollars



I bought a couple of folders of "uncirculated" Franklins and decided to build up a registry set, so I decided to send some in to NCG.

I am a rookie when it comes to coin collecting so it comes as no suprise that I am not too familiar with how to grade. I bought a grading guide (The Official ANA Grading Standards for United States Coins) and proceeded to "grade" about 65 Franklins. I was a little disappointed in that not all of the coins were UNCs, but I took out the five nicest and sent them in to NGC.

I received the results today and am somewhat pleased.

Here's the tally...

1948 estimated to be MS 63 FBL, came back MS 66 FBL (sweet!); 1949-D estimated to be MS 65 FBL, came back as 63 FBL (bummer);

1951-D estimated to be MS 63 FBL, came back as OBV SPOT REMOVED (drag)

(I didn't want details grading so I'm guessing it would be UNC Details - Improperly Cleaned);

1951-S estimated to be MS 63 FBL, came back as MS 65, and

1954 estimated to be MS 65 FBL, came back as MS 64.

Thought I had Full Bell Lines on the '51-S and '54, though. And what a difference a couple of points makes for the 1949-D! Was really hoping for the MS 65. I also need to learn to identify signs of cleaning.

Overall, I don't think I did too bad. Time to grade some more and send them in.

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