This Early United States 1812 Draped Bust Silver Dollar in not only a great piece to hold your value, but an amazing piece to add to your collection --whether you're a beginner coin collector or seasoned numismatist. Professionally certified by ANACS--the oldest coin-grading company in America--at a conservative Extra Fine (40) grade (possibly higher if re-graded), this piece is an affordable entry, into this generally out-of-reach period of American coinage, without resorting to a low-grade, worn-out piece. As noted by the ANACS sealed "slab" (see photos), the piece has scratch marks on it ("Graffiti"). Despite sometimes lowering its "official grade" but in some cases treated like'chop marks' on U. Trade Dollars, it's an interesting touch for the history buffs out there.
These marks are the result of a common practice through the Colonial Era --and long before--for a simple test if a coin was authentic, solid silver. Silver-plated counterfeits and other fakes were common, and savvy merchants and customers would give a coin a scratch or two like this before accepting it. A good coin with a good story adds value, and this one has one. This is an amazing piece from a family collection who had it for nearly a 100 years themselves. At this great price, and as a unique glimpse into Early American daily life, you won't regret being it's next owner (only the third owner in over two centuries).