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Basics of Coin Grading: Strike

Happy Spring, finally, fellow numismatists. This column is part 3 of my 3 part series on coin grading. I have discussed luster and surface preservation. In part 3, I will be discussing strike.  It is very interesting how many strike variations there are between coins even in coins of the same year and type. Coins […]
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Basics of Coin Grading: Luster

Dear fellow numismatists, this is Part II of my 3 part column on coin grading. In this column I will be talking about luster. Luster is the amount of brilliance a coin exhibits and is derived from microscopic flow lines when a coin is struck at the mint. Just imagine the die engaging the coin […]
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Basics of Coin Grading: Surface Preservation

Hello fellow numismatists. It’s that time of year again – March Numismadness! In last month’s issue I discussed some of the basics of coin grading which was broken down into 3 basic categories, strike, luster and surface preservation. In this column I will go into detail about the coin grading factor of surface preservation, which […]
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The Basics of Coin Grading

In this month’s column I would like to talk about coin grading. Becoming a good coin grader is one of the most difficult aspects of being a proficient buyer or seller of coins. It requires “hands on” experience and not just reading a coin grading book. The fact that coin grading is so difficult and […]
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