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GRADES IN! (scans included)

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Four of the coins on my last NGC submission were mine and the rest were for customers, so I will share mine with you. These were received as an economy submission by NGC on December 28, 2004 (mailed December 21), and were back in my hands yesterday, February 16, 2005. Please note that these are scanned images, so luster is not shown. I haven't had a chance to properly photograph these coins yet.


j1926s17_.jpg First up is a 1926-S Standing Liberty quarter that is extremely blast white and lustrous, but frankly, has a bit of rub on it. I thought this coin had a 50-50 chance of coming back AU-58 or MS-61, and it looks like I lucked in to the latter grade. The obverse looks a bit nicer, but the reverse seems a hint "scrubby". This coin was crossed over from a SEGS MS-61 holder, but seemed to have a filmy substance on it that required curating. BIGGER Image


k1921s17_.jpg I had this coin in inventory graded VG-10, and NGC agreed. Actually, it seems to have F-12 detail, but there are a couple of light rim bumps at the top of the obverse that must be accounted for, and I think a 2 point downgrade is right. BIGGER Image


l187817_.jpg This was the coin that I messed up on the most playing guess the grade. It was listed as MS-63 PL in my inventory, but NGC called it MS-64 (no PL) ! I guess it's a borderline call.... This was one of my poorer purchases of a couple of years ago. I bought it in a Scotsman Auction as MS-65 DMPL 27_laughing.gif ! Of course, I knew it was overgraded, but had hoped that PL was possible. BIGGER Image


l189317_.jpg Finally, I had this 1893 Morgan dollar in inventory as AU-50 for about a year. It actually grades AU-55 (remember, the scan doesn't show luster), but there are two moderate scrapes on the cheek that I find detracting. NGC graded it a bit higher than I did at AU-53, but it's splitting hairs at that point. Away from the flaws, the coin has considerable eye-appeal. BIGGER Image


One oddity is the color of the actual slabs themselves. The white background of the 1926-S SLQ leans toward blue, while the other slabs are snow-white. Has anybody else noticed a variation in colors of the plastic material?





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