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  1. #1
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    Value of a bent 1853 half dime?

    I dug this half dime last week at a Confederate camp. Realizing condition is everything, I have a feeling it isn't worth much, but curious as to how much a bend like this will affect value. My sincere thanks for your expert eyes.
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    Re: Value of a bent 1853 half dime?

    Too bad that coins a nice one other then the bend. Im not sure what its worth. I would say melt or a little above. But thats just a guess.

    Mainer

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    Re: Value of a bent 1853 half dime?

    Quote Originally Posted by Spooky
    Got a hammer and two pieces of wood?

    I'm just sayin.....
    Yes, good point! Is there a way to flatten it? Also, if it wasn't bent what would it be worth? I'm a man who invites regret.

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    Re: Value of a bent 1853 half dime?

    minus the scratch on the reverse and the bend would probably grade close to Extra fine, making it worth $65. Not sure on the straightning great find though.

    Mainer

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    Re: Value of a bent 1853 half dime?

    Quote Originally Posted by mainer
    minus the scratch on the reverse and the bend would probably grade close to Extra fine, making it worth $65. Not sure on the straightning great find though.

    Mainer
    Thanks Mainer!

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    Re: Value of a bent 1853 half dime?

    As is without the bend I would say $25 +/-, the scratches detract from it. In the current condition, maybe $10 +/-? If it were me I might try to straighten it. I'd do as Spooky suggested, use two blocks of wood but would try pressing in a vise rather than the hammer (at least at first).

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    Re: Value of a bent 1853 half dime?

    I agree with Mainer, If you take a hammer you can place the coin in between two pieces of wood & strighten it out. I do not think it will hurt the coin. AU at least.

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    Re: Value of a bent 1853 half dime?

    you can straighten it out by placing it between your thumbs
    my son found one that was also bent and the coin dealer did that
    you could not tell

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    Re: Value of a bent 1853 half dime?

    Quote Originally Posted by fmerg
    you can straighten it out by placing it between your thumbs
    my son found one that was also bent and the coin dealer did that
    you could not tell
    Placing between my thumbs and using a hammer? My grip isn't exactly vice-like. Let me give all these ideas a try and repost. THANKS!

  10. #10
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    Re: Value of a bent 1853 half dime?

    Quote Originally Posted by Spooky
    Quote Originally Posted by kyphote
    Quote Originally Posted by Spooky
    Got a hammer and two pieces of wood?

    I'm just sayin.....
    Yes, good point! Is there a way to flatten it? Also, if it wasn't bent what would it be worth? I'm a man who invites regret.
    Lol... Seriously Guy, I don't know.. I would check with somebody who knows coins first..

    But if you can straighten it out without ruining it...... DON'T take my word on that.. I don't know if that will work.
    if you're gunu try it that way, do light, easy taps... should work
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    Re: Value of a bent 1853 half dime?

    If you are going to try the blocks of wood or vice, be sure to wrap the blocks or the coin with a cloth. You would hate for the "teeth" of the vice to gnash into the obverse/reverse. Same goes for the block of wood, you don't want the blocks to slide across the surface and do more damage.

  12. #12
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    Apr 2009
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    Re: Value of a bent 1853 half dime?

    I'd bend a couple of modern dimes for practice coins first. Good luck.

  13. #13
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    Re: Value of a bent 1853 half dime?

    A nice piece of heavyish leather and vise grips may do the job also. Untanned side facing the coin of course.
    Make mine a double.....double eagle that is!!!!!

  14. #14
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    Feb 2008
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    Re: Value of a bent 1853 half dime?

    Been a couple weeks, did it ever turn out?

 

 

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