Tuesday, November 22, 2005

High Grades Are Nice

Do you have a coin and want to know its value? Leave a comment/question and I will do my best to find out the price and history for you.

High grade coins are usually MS-60 or better.

Here's what is defined as mint state...
MS-60=UNCIRCULATED: Has no trace of wear but may show a number of contact marks, and surface may be spotted or lack some luster.
MS-63=CHOICE UNCIRCULATED: Has some distracting contact marks or blemishes in prime focal areas. Luster may be impaired.
MS-65=GEM UNCIRCULATED: An above average uncirculated coin that may be brilliant or lightly toned and that has very few contact marks on the surface or rim.
MS-70=PERFECT UNCIRCULATED: Perfect new condition, showing no trace of wear. The finest quality possible, with no evidence of scratches, handling or contact with other coins. Very few regular-issue coins are ever found in this condition.

This is from the Red Book but applies to all coins.

Here are some of my uncirculated coins with contact marks.






Know while the nickel is at least MS-60 worth about $0.15, it may grade a MS-65 even with the busted lip but that would only bring the value up $0.75.








So contact marks are not a bad thing, fingerprints are much worse. It still is ugly to the average collector.














Do you have a coin and want to know its value? Leave a comment/question and I will do my best to find out the price and history for you.

18 dollars worth, for Comments/Questions click here.:

Anonymous said...

I have a 1964 Canadian silver quarter. I read online the silver value was approx. 1.93 USD

Inscribed on back is ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA

On the front is a moose with 25 Cents written between the antlers

Man said...

1964 Canadian silver quarter. I read online the silver value was approx. 1.93 USD

As of now that silver value is up to $1.98.

The collectors value adds only $0.50 and only if it is in mint state or better.

megankalu said...

I have a...

1917 50c Canadian coin
1978 50c Canadian coin
1958 nickel Canadian coin

And possibly commemorating canadian coins or tokens... I haven't been able to find anything on the net about them so hopefully you can help....
1st coin or token - has the etched raised face and says "W.L. MacKenzie King" 1921.1926.1935 at the back of the coin it says "Ottawa Ontario "House of Commons" in English, French, and Latin with the etched parliament building in the centre.

The second coin or token - has the etched raised face with "Pierre E. Trudeau" 1968 and at back is the same as the MacKenzie coin. I haven't been able to find anything on these two coins. Thank you in advance
Margote

Man said...

1917 50c Canadian coin about $6.50
1978 50c Canadian coin about $0.50
1958 nickel Canadian coin about $0.10

1st coin or token - has the etched raised face and says "W.L. MacKenzie King" 1921.1926.1935 at the back of the coin it says "Ottawa Ontario "House of Commons" in English, French, and Latin with the etched parliament building in the centre.

The second coin or token - has the etched raised face with "Pierre E. Trudeau" 1968 and at back is the same as the MacKenzie coin


Both are medals from Shell gas stations made in the 1970s, there was one for each Canadian Prime Minister if this is the one I remember correctly.
It is made of some white metal and was originally gold/silver colored but turns gray colored after time.

Value is about $4.00 if in very-fine or better.

There is a set of 12 every few years a group of Canadians try to get WL mackenzie King on a real coin. If they succeed this medal you have may go up in value

megankalu said...

Thank you for your quick response. Very much appreciated. Maybe some day I'll find something of value with my metal detector.

Anonymous said...

I found a 1910, and a 1947 Canadian half dollar


Thanks

Man said...

Canadian half dollar
1910 about $22.00
1947 about $7.25

Anonymous said...

i have a 1942 Canadian $1.00 dime maybe one of you no it's worth.

Man said...

1942 Canadian $1.00 dime

Is it a dime (ten cents)?
Or is it a $1.00 coin?

Anonymous said...

I have a 1977 $1.00 that has the top part of Federal Reserve cut off and you can see the top part of the next bill on the bottom. Is it worth more than $1.00? Its in great condition.

Man said...

1977 $1.00 that has the top part of Federal Reserve cut off and you can see the top part of the next bill on the bottom. Is it worth more than $1.00? Its in great condition.

About $75.00 for this Faulty Alignment error

Anonymous said...

I have three 1963 $5.00 bills with red serial numbers. They are in good condition. Are they worth more than $5.00 each?

Man said...

1963 $5.00 bills with red serial numbers. They are in good condition.

About $12.00 each

Anonymous said...

Hi I found a 1974 10$ star note in almost perfet shape serial # I03619456* is it worth anything over face or just kinda cool looking?

Man said...

1974 10$ star note in almost perfet shape serial # I03619456* about $100.00

Man said...

1974 10$ star note in almost perfet shape serial # I03619456* about $100.00

Matthew Vaters said...

I have a 1961 12 sided 5 cent canadian coin. Can anyone tell me if this just might be worth something?

Man said...

1961 12 sided 5 cent canadian coin about $0.10