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I just received a coin from Keoj that I am happy with.

 

It's an 1876 Trade Dollar, II/II, graded MS61 by NGC. The coin has pretty original colors. The rev has a nice satiny cartwheel, while the obv has a nice slight PL sheen.

 

Marks-wise, I'd have to say that NGC reared its ugly PCGS head for this one. I'd have to agree with Keoj that this coin is really a 62. The strike, on the other hand, is not good. Localized weakness on the high points may make this a slider. Perhaps 61 was a compromise grade?

 

I also have pics. When I get around to it, I'll try to post them.

 

EVP

 

PS Does anyone know if weakness of strike is typical for this variety?

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I got an email from Keoj. Apparently, his MS63 specimen is also weakly struck. There is also an MS65 specimen in the collection of a major West Coast specialist. (No, not TDN.)

 

EVP

 

PS I tried to add the files, but they were too big.

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Congrats! I know the coin, and I'm glad to know it's in good hands.

 

See if you can post the images in a reduced size. I'm really interested to see where the strike weakness is. I have a big scan of the prooflike MS-61 that was in the B&M auction last fall, and I'd like to compare it and yours to the cleaned AU coin I picked up earlier this year.

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Thanks, Keith, for posting this. The rev scan does NOT do the coin justice. Moreover, the colors are much prettier on both sides than the scans indicate. The color is much deeper and bluer at the periphery on the rev, with a lovely rose/velvet color at the center.

 

The obv colors don't have as much palette contrast... (Still nice though!)

 

EVP

 

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I wish that I could find a Trade Dollar like this one (and have enough money budgeted at the same time). Lower grade examples are hard to find toned in this style, and it's the kind that I do like for my Type set.

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If you're working on a type set, KD, you don't need the "Holy Grail" of the T$ series.

 

EVP, enlargements of the scan show a rubbed area above the D in DOLLAR on the reverse. Does it have a removed mintmark?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just kidding! grin.gif

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Gotcha, EVP!!!!! grin.gif

 

I saw a chopmarked example for sale on eBay by a seller in China. I noticed his "1875" I/I from an earlier auction had a suspicious rubbed area right where the S mintmark would go, and , sure enough, his "1876" had the same area worked on. My advice to those buying scarcer varieties is to be very careful!

 

KD, by "Holy Grail" I was referring to absolute rarity, not grade rarity. Since you are a PCGS Set Registry participant, I can see how difficult the concept must be for you to comprehend. tongue.gif

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Whoa, nelley! Keith, congratulations on your recovery! grin.gif

 

I don't collect double-dies, so I was just referring to the regular type 1 and 2 obverses and reverses.

 

My chopmarked trade dollar collection looked pretty good until I put it into a blank dollar album and left spaces for all type 1 and 2 obverses and reverses. Now I see how far I really have to go-- and I didn't even make space for the S/CC varieties or double-dies! blush.gif

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