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Every coin tells a story. No two are alike. I believe that the 1891 Penny and the 1893 ha'penny were pocket pieces, good luck coins, that those two people carried for many years. Coins do get worn in trade and commerce and with the British Empire at its height, they could have traveled under a sun that never set, but typically, when you see a coin worn flat like that -- especially a modern (industrial age) coin, it was a pocket piece, a good luck charm.

 

I have a Tibetan tangka, a silver coin about the size of a US quarter, but thin. Nominally, it was uncirculated, but it had a funny wear spot... and... when I felt it with my thumb... I understood... it was inside someone's sleeve or pocket and they rubbed it lightly but often.

 

Romance aside:

These are all average coins in average grade. None is low mintage or with known varieties. I would grade them pretty much as they appear.

1893 1/2 penny - About Good

1891 Penny - Good

All the others - Fine

 

Myself, I use a percentage scale, like grades in school. With Mint State being close to perfect (and that gets arguable), against that if a coin is 90% there, it's XF/AU. 80% is B or Very Fine; 75% is the C+ Fine (not a bad coin; passing and average); 70% Very Good (just passing, but, there are hard subjects which is like a rare coin: Pennies of Richard the Lionhearted sell well). Good is 65%, not failing (hardly), and below that, a coin needs to be exceptional. I saw an early US Federal low mintage rarity in a top tier slab graded POOR-0, a $200 coin nonetheless.

 

These coins, even in the best grades, would be dollar items, a nice array though. That 41 sixpence lived though the Blitz, D-Day, the Cold War... then, when silver was taken out of circulation, so was this coin.

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Every coin tells a story. No two are alike. I believe that the 1891 Penny and the 1893 ha'penny were pocket pieces, good luck coins, that those two people carried for many years. Coins do get worn in trade and commerce and with the British Empire at its height, they could have traveled under a sun that never set, but typically, when you see a coin worn flat like that -- especially a modern (industrial age) coin, it was a pocket piece, a good luck charm.

 

I have a Tibetan tangka, a silver coin about the size of a US quarter, but thin. Nominally, it was uncirculated, but it had a funny wear spot... and... when I felt it with my thumb... I understood... it was inside someone's sleeve or pocket and they rubbed it lightly but often.

 

Romance aside:

These are all average coins in average grade. None is low mintage or with known varieties. I would grade them pretty much as they appear.

1893 1/2 penny - About Good

1891 Penny - Good

All the others - Fine

 

Myself, I use a percentage scale, like grades in school. With Mint State being close to perfect (and that gets arguable), against that if a coin is 90% there, it's XF/AU. 80% is B or Very Fine; 75% is the C+ Fine (not a bad coin; passing and average); 70% Very Good (just passing, but, there are hard subjects which is like a rare coin: Pennies of Richard the Lionhearted sell well). Good is 65%, not failing (hardly), and below that, a coin needs to be exceptional. I saw an early US Federal low mintage rarity in a top tier slab graded POOR-0, a $200 coin nonetheless.

 

These coins, even in the best grades, would be dollar items, a nice array though. That 41 sixpence lived though the Blitz, D-Day, the Cold War... then, when silver was taken out of circulation, so was this coin.

 

:bthumbsup:mmarotta, I truly appreciate the time and effort you took in helping me grade my new coins. Thanks so much. :bthumbsup:

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Some of these coins are hard to grade due to the dark photography.

 

1. Austria - 1894 2 Heller - XF-40

 

2. Great Britain - 1900 Penny - VG-10

 

3. Great Britain - 1891 Penny - AG-3

 

4. Great Britain - 1893 Half Penny - FR-2

 

5. Great Britain - 1920 Half Penny - Fine-15

 

6. Great Brtiain - 1953 One Shilling - VF-35

 

7. Great Britain - 1941 Sixpence - VF-25

 

8. Germany Empire - 1918 10 Pfennig - XF-40

 

9. USA - Mercury Dime 1920 - Fine-15

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