Draped Bust Cent Grading Question

Draped Bust Cent Grading Question

Post by Peter T. Davi » Fri, 23 Jul 1999 04:00:00



Thanks for this info.  I didn't know about this swelling issue, is
there a reference that goes more in depth about such things?
Yea, it's difficult to grade coins... especially with just a scan.
It is a good scan though.
Thanks again,
Peter

: S-138 does have severe swelling in its late die state.  Such swelling would not
: affect the grade, as that's how the coin was made.  It's always difficult to
: grade from a scan, but the obverse looks like G-5 or so to me.  Not enough
: there for VG.
:
: Denis Loring

 
 
 

Draped Bust Cent Grading Question

Post by Denis Lori » Fri, 23 Jul 1999 04:00:00


Quote:

>Thanks for this info.  I didn't know about this swelling issue, is
>there a reference that goes more in depth about such things?
>Peter

Good question.  The challenge with grading early coins, especially copper, is
that each die variety can have characteristics that affect the grade.  For
example, an 1830 Medium Lettters cent might look like a nice Fine and actually
grade XF: most of them were extremely weakly struck.  I believe the ANA grading
guide talks a little about this issue.  If you really want to grade early coins
accurately, either go to the detailed reference that covers the coin and learn
the characteristics of the particular die variety in question, or consult
someone with experience in the series.  The good news is that most collectors
(and dealers) who have this level of knowledge are happy to share it with you.

Denis Loring