From Germany 1905 S Barber Half
Hello there, this is NOT part of any collections that I represent.
I don't think that even I could reproduce the mangled look of this especially the rims and denticles that have been pushed into the obv and rev. This is actually a beautiful Specimen, luster, toning, but what happened????!!!!
I do realize that this is probably PMD but is it possible that this was a multi flipper, or blown up in an officers pocket? I could certainly TRY to reproduce this but I wouldn't waste an EF specimen to do it and I wouldn't do it anyway!
Any opinions are welcome and greatly appreciated, they will be used in the write up. Thanks!!!
Hello,sir! (I don't know your name,you haven't told it...)
Sorry,but I haven't understood very well what you are asking for...
At the origins,your coin WAS a nice US half dollar of 1905S. NOW it is the same denomination but... of a (very) worn specimen. Less used in normal monetary circulation than abused on purpose by someone.
If used in circulation,such coin in a well worn grade(Good) would have been priced at about 15$,in our days. Your (hardly) DAMAGED coin could be priced about the same(10-15usd.) if a collector accepts its condition. ME,NOT! Sorry!
Hi William -- Whew, What a mess. It looks like a "dryer coin" on steroids. To me it appears to have gotten inside some kind of major machine (washer, lawn mower, printing press or other industrial system) for a brief time before the machine spit it out. The imperfections look too random to be produced intentionally by a person.
About 20 years ago I was a "pocket dealer" in addition to my regular job. One memorable coin was a completely smashed New Jersey copper. The poor thing had been bent, slashed, and mutilated, but it was still 100% identifiable. I bought it from the wholesale guy thinking "Who in the world would want this coin?" But, to my surprise, a buyer soon emerged. He said he collected mangled coins. He liked them and they were really CHEAP. Haha!
Hi,Paul & William!
My friends,I also think that Paul is most likely very right with his correct analysis. But,in my opinion,that the damages are machine made or man made,is less important as they are of a same category of damages! The most important is that they are not minting process errors. In this case the damages would have been of another category...