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Coins graded "details"

I have been collecting coins for the last few years, so I am still new at this.  But, I have a question about graded coins.  What's the deal with "details" coins?  what are they worth?  I recently got a 1909 s-vdb with fine details.  I got it cheaper than it normally would if it didn't have the "details" But, how am I to judge what it is worth?  

6 years ago

Details grade means that there is some sort of problem  causing the coin to not receive a numeric grade. When NGC or PCGS grade coins they put the reason for the details grade after the grade. For example: cleaned, surface hairlines, whizzed, etc.

As far as value, a lot depends on the coins appearance and what it has been given a details grade for. Many collectors will not buy cleaned coins. Normally it brings the coins value at least 1 grade but buy no means is this 100% consistent.

6 years ago

Thank you, I know a lot of collectors don't like "cleaned" coins, but then why the difference between "cleaned" and "improperly cleaned"?  If it is a silver coin from the late 1800's, chances are it was at least dipped.  Is dipping that bad to not want to buy it?  Thanks again

6 years ago

Dipping and most types of cleaning remove some of the metal from the coin, thus some of the detail. I have had NCS conserve some of my coins. They, and others, have ways of doing this that do not damage the surface. It is completely up to the buyer weather or not the coin is worth buying. I have seen, and purchased, details graded coins because it was still an attractive or exceedingly rare coin that I needed.

6 years ago
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