Mr Jimi writes:
<< Hi, I'm new buying coins. I ordered a couple "Brilliant Uncirculated"
silver dollars from International Coins and Currency, for $29 each. I
was expecting them to be without scratches, but they both have
scratches on them, the Peace dollar has a pretty deep one right on the
face, and the Morgan has some pretty deep scratches as well. I am
wondering if this is normal for coins referred to as BU? Should I keep
them or return them and ask for ones without scratches? These are not
"certified" PGSS/NGC graded coins.
Please advise. Thank you for your help.
I am a long time dealer, a regular on this forum. A coin described as BU will
generally be a MS-60. A MS-60 is NOT a pretty coin. It will have major
scratches and marks and hits, especially and PARTICUARLLY if it's a heavy coin
such as a silver dollar. It would be unrealistic to ask for one without
scratches, as even a MS-65, about 4 or 5X the price or som there will still be
scratches, just not as many or as deep.It'll be prettier, though, so if the
dealer is willing see if he'll sell you a common date Morgan Dollar, certified
by PCGS or NGC in MS-65, for about $125 or so. You'll be much happier!