Show me an XF or better 1839 with "choice original" surfaces

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fastfreddie
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March 15th, 2018, 3:23 pm #11

rhedden wrote:
fastfreddie wrote: That's a nice clean (no mark) example that I like a lot!
Thanks!  It's similar to the example you posted, in terms of the remaining amount of detail.  It's a judgment call whether you prefer the colorful patina or the "natural gray" look.  These days, I would guess that more collectors would opt for the colorful patina.  My set contains a mixture of different surface/toning types.  Collecting Seated quarters is difficult enough without trying to form a matched set.
I agree detail wise.  Yours is a closed claw variety (I believe).  I like the overall look very much and it appears to have some shade/color to her and it's mark free to boot.  I gave up on a matched set a long time ago due to the interval of time between decent matched quarters.  I try and concentrate on quality at a decent price (if possible) but if it's something that appeals and I think about waiting I'll have to wait a long time for the next one to come along.  I know my coin is kind of smurf toning but I think its somewhat natural secondary toning - there's an oxymoron.  Heck You should see the first one I bought of this date (you probably did at one time) - a real AT bowser but still decent eye appeal and strong MS detail.  Guess I'm a sucker for smurf 39's.
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March 15th, 2018, 9:04 pm #12

Hardly "boring" at all! Nice problem-free long claws
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March 15th, 2018, 11:13 pm #13

This is my other 1839.  It's not a bad coin at all, but you've got to wonder if it was cleaned a long time ago.  This is the kind of coin that usually gets into a slab, but it's just not original.  I am terrible at attributing 1839 quarters by the claw type, so please have at it.

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March 19th, 2018, 10:41 pm #14

rhedden wrote:
fastfreddie wrote: That's a nice clean (no mark) example that I like a lot!
Thanks!  It's similar to the example you posted, in terms of the remaining amount of detail.  It's a judgment call whether you prefer the colorful patina or the "natural gray" look.  These days, I would guess that more collectors would opt for the colorful patina.  My set contains a mixture of different surface/toning types.  Collecting Seated quarters is difficult enough without trying to form a matched set.
Ron, that’s a great looking 39, original and not molested. I would Be proud to be the owner of such a piece! A nice 38 and 39 are still on my list of must haves
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March 21st, 2018, 7:40 pm #15

Coin received.  My pics:




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March 30th, 2018, 7:14 pm #16

Wow Ron, Your pictures are phenomenal!  That coin is original as the century is long!  Unmolested an understatement. 

Briggs doesn't list it that I read but that date looks recut to me.  Serif tip of 1, upper inner and outer of loop of 8, top of 3, inner and outer loop of 9. 
Nice!!
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March 31st, 2018, 8:29 am #17

I agree on the recut date.  Interesting minor variety that I did not know about previously.

Now about those photos.  My beloved camera is a Canon SX40 point-and-shoot.  Not terribly expensive as they go.  It has a 35X optical zoom, so it's good for birdwatching and landscape photos, but it was never good on coins.  I recently bought a "clip on" macro lens made by a company called Raynox for $65.  Presto- great coin photos.  It's also possible to use the camera as a 35X "microscope" if the coin is set at the right distance with good lighting.  More about that later.  ;) 
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April 14th, 2018, 5:53 am #18

Both pictured 1839 quarters are extremely nice!  Could be envelope toning on the first one, so it could be original; I like it.
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April 15th, 2018, 2:05 pm #19

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May 13th, 2018, 1:06 am #20

I'm in the same boat, Ron.  I like colorful toning as well as that medium mid-grade greyish-brown toning everyone is familiar with.  I haven't found a decent example of an 1839 that I liked enough to pull the trigger on (granted I've only been casually collecting in this series for about a year, but still).  I've seen several VF25-30 examples, but I'm holding out for a little bit higher grade.  The XF and AU examples I've seen for sale have been...

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