Help with terminology

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Help with terminology

Post by KLFenstermaker » Thu Nov 15, 2018 9:39 pm

OK, I see the term CLASS (Class 2 Obverse, Class 3 tripling, etc) used over and over, but I have not been able to find anywhere that gives me a way to actually determine what the various levels are. Can someone point the way to a coin terminology / grading for dummies book? I find a lot of doubled dies, but trying to determine if it is what is being talked about in the various books, without knowing if it rates as a Class 2 versus a Class 4, is rough. Trying to get up to beyond a simple see a coin, put it in a folder type collector is taking some work.

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Re: Help with terminology

Post by BrianVaile » Sat Nov 17, 2018 4:59 am

Good question! I never really thought about that much. Now that you asked, I can't say that I know that answer off the top of my head.
I always just associated the word "Class" with the synonym "Group" but perhaps a bit more organized or "official" (like some one actually published and documented with evidence),than just the word simple word, "Group".
Wish I could give you a better answer. :oops:

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Re: Help with terminology

Post by ilikeikes » Sat Nov 17, 2018 12:19 pm

Wexler link explains the classes
Tom K used to go insane over the mention of "Classes"..he's passed sadly,
so, can't chime in his reasoning.
IMHO, get a copy of Dr. James Wiles Booklet
"CONECA Attribution Guide to
Eisenhower Dollar Die Varieties" 1997
The TYPES of doubling (the bulk of which is NOT collectible,
in the true sense), like:
Series Doubling
Master Die Double Dies
Working Hub Double Dies
Double Dies
is explained in detail. This booklet is VERY hard to find, out of print
but, a must-have for the IKE enthusiast.
Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.
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Re: Help with terminology

Post by KLFenstermaker » Sat Nov 17, 2018 5:28 pm

Thanks for the responses. Have read a lot of what Dr. Wiles had on his web site, but don't remember anything about classes. Will follow the link provided. Just so much to learn.

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Re: Help with terminology

Post by shasta7 » Mon Nov 26, 2018 12:05 pm

Maybe I can shed some light on this...

My friend John Wexler has a pretty good explanation regarding all the different classes
of doubling... here is a link to help:

Hope this is what you are looking for... & YES Tom Kalantzis also did have some good
info on this subject!!!

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