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1886 Indian Head Cent Type II

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I'm afraid I'm struggling to know what do do with this coin - its an 1886 Indian Head Cent of the Type II variety and I'm unsure whether to send it for grading. I've never really doubted its authenticity until I weighed it recently and it came in at 2.89g, not too distant from the expected 3.11g , but still far enough to niggle at me for some reason. I understand the official tolerance for this coin is +/- 0.29g, apparently this is guidance fromthe US Mint, although I read it second hand. Its certainly not down to wear so it could only have been something that occured when originally minted? Or is it  fake / counterfeit? How would the graders interpret this and what colour would they call it - the pictures I feel reflect the tone as it is in reality, so what you see is what you get. The last thing I want to do is send this in and end  up with it being handed back. I'd be grateful for any opinions/advice I can get - I'm a relative newbie to this and I've never sent a coin in for grading before, hence my uncertainty.

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Thank you for your question. It is difficult to tell via images but the coin does appear to be genuine. We would need to see it in hand to make a proper determination. To submit coins for grading you can become a paid member of our collector society or submit through an NGC authorized dealer. Both options can be found at the link below. 


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