*SOLD - NEW* As with so many 19th Century type coins, strike is an issue. With the T-1 3c, the lines in the shield are often indistinct and mushy, even on high grades. Not the case with this lovely type. Fully struck with all lines sharp and complete. Mark free and fully brilliant and lustrous. As good as this grade can be.
Full, sharp strike front and back, an attribute that is difficult to find with this type. I reject 80% of this type on strike alone. Super clean surfaces and finished with full luster on even silvery blue patina overall. Better than most graded MS65.
*NEW* "Highland Collection" Pedigree. A beautiful original. Very sharp strike front and back, with all star and shield lines complete and sharp. Light silvery rose and blue with splashes of light color throughout. Superb, clean surfaces and fully lustrous. A superior type in every respect.
*NEW* Here’s a coin I never buy in MS64, as they are simply never very nice. This piece is an exception to the rule, with a full, sharpl strike, impeccable surfaces and full luster. As good as it gets in MS64.
*NEW* Absolute top, top of the grade, exhibiting a sharp, full strike on both sides with complete stars and rays on the reverse…basically unseen on this grade. A couple of fascinating and major die cracks on the obverse add to the appeal of this great “Rays” nickel.
Very sharply struck on both sides, which is an unusual characteristic of this two-year “Rays” type. Surfaces are basically free of marks and distractions and the coin is fully lustrous. Much nicer than another of the same type I saw at the Baltimore show in a MS65+ PCGS holder.