1986 SP 50c scar face

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2bits
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1986 SP 50c scar face

Post by 2bits » Fri Dec 01, 2023 10:10 pm

Recently acquired 1986 SP 50 cent piece that exhibits a scar across the face of the Queen.
I have added several photos of the coin with one under magnification.
Your thought are much appreciated.

I’ve added another magnified view,
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coinguy
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Re: 1986 SP 50c scar face

Post by coinguy » Sat Dec 02, 2023 6:38 am

Hard to tell from small photo but it is either a small die crack or a scratch.
If it is raised, it is a die crack, if incuse, it is a scratch.

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Re: 1986 SP 50c scar face

Post by Bill in Burl » Sat Dec 02, 2023 8:28 am

Because it's on the highest point of relief on the Obverse, I'd say a scartch. You don't get die-cracks deep into the recess of the die very often and there is really no start or end to the line.
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Re: 1986 SP 50c scar face

Post by TBH » Sat Dec 02, 2023 12:01 pm

Not a SP (specimen) coin, it's PR (proof)
A scratch would destroy any numismatic value

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Re: 1986 SP 50c scar face

Post by coinguy » Sat Dec 02, 2023 1:50 pm

With the larger photo, I would have to say that it is a scratch on the frosting preventing it from a high grade.
Agree that it is a PL, not a SP. A 1986 Specimen would be Brilliant Relief on a Brilliant Background.

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Re: 1986 SP 50c scar face

Post by 2bits » Sun Dec 03, 2023 10:38 pm

Thanks for clarifying the status, I agree that it is a Proof.
Regarding the scar, I’m not sure it’s a scratch as the pics show branching (running up the cheek near the nose and down, near the back of the jaw).
Your thoughts are as always, welcome!

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