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Maybe it's just the image, but this 1899-O Barber half looks weird

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My first impression was that there's something wrong with it...maybe a cast copy...but its not a scarce date... then thought there's something seriously wrong with the date.


Have to further examine the MM position before I make any other comments.

My copy is at the SDB...but I've got Dave Lawrence's book in hand...


The MM position seems to be a touch too high and to the right of where the Dave Lawrence example MM's is.


However, according to Dave Lawrence, ..." Breen also noted an RPD with the final 9 repunched."


I hate to buy coins - or grade them for that matter - from images alone.

Still, this 1899-O doesn't set too well with me.


I just checked, I don't have an image of my example - which I bought raw from JJ Teaparty back in August of 1999 and was graded AU 58 by ANACS, yet only crossed to PCGS as an AU 55. All I can say is that my example is deeply toned at the edges and off white/ light gold at the centers...having spent a few decades in a Waite Raymond album.



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It looks authentic to me, but it looks like it's been gone over something.


I once had a 1916 Standing Liberty Quarter that looked like this. I swear someone put black shoe polish on it to cover up an old cleaning. The coin had a greasy feel to it. I had to get it certified in order to sell it so I sent it to ANACS. They thought more it than I did and graded it VF-35. (: The dealer through whom I sent the coin in for grading got real interested in it after that, and I sold it to him.


But I think that this piece has been treated with something, probably long ago.

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