I am working on a collection for a stereotypical widow who does not know what is there and what is not. Unfortunately the husband did not leave it too well organized and no valuations except a generic ballpark.
One of the coins is a George Washington 1793 (the last digit is a little murky) half penny. It is probably in fine to very fine condition and appears to be legit. My only issue is it is a plain edge which according to the Red Book is rare. I have not seen any other indication that this guy collected anything rare. I have not even seen any key date twentieth century coins.
So he was either very lucky and the guy who sold it to him did not know what he was looking at or the edge has been altered (not by the husband as there is no indication of that in the rest of the collection).
The coin weights 13 grams and is about the size of a large cent. The edges do look a little beat up but nicely rounded and toned consistent with the rest of the coin.
Does anyone have any other diagnostics for this coin?
My next stop is a local dealer and maybe a third party grading company.
Thank you for any and all help.
7 years ago