My previous response was too sarcastic, sorry about that. I really do appreciate your insight and it sounds like I just need to look at more coins. I will talk to some dealers at Baltimore in March.
I do not want to sound rude or uncaring but Bill has made valid points and is correct. There are no short-cuts...you must look at and view as many coins as possible and ask questions when it comes to grading. Only through experience and time will you learn and have a better understanding of how to grade Early Copper or any series or denomination of coins. Also since grading can be(and usually is)subjective you will never get total agreement and consensus to a grade when you ask opinions of others. Grading, no matter what someone else says, is not an exact science and many factors must be considered when determining a 'Net EAC Grade'. I personally believe that I am continually refining my skills and will continue this process as I learn and study more coins. I'm grateful to have the opportunities to collect Early Copper, learn and the new Grading Guide in the works by the EAC Grading Committee will be a great tool for all of us to peruse and use!!!
Take it easy.....Leo
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