If you are an expert grader of one series, it is certainly much easier to become a proficient grader of another series. You would need to learn the characteristics particular to the series - strike, luster, areas of concern, date and issue characteristics, etc. However, the basics of grading, and the experience of applying that, are going to be the same and will aid in grading the new series. The more similar the series, the more quickly someone will be able to master it - if you are an expert at St. Gaudens gold, very little of that knowledge and experience will transfer to grading early copper. But if you are an expert at grading Walking Liberty halves, it is not all that different to grade Standing Liberty quarters, or Barber halves or such.
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I really doubt it. I think everyone gets a surprise from time to time grading coins we currently think we know. I think I'm "getting there" with Morgans but NGC seems to have different opinions almost every shipment. Because that's the case, to assume that one knows all there is to know about a series that's not his/her specialty seems a very tall task.
Basic grading "by the book" is a whole different matter. I think most competent graders can pick out an XF from a VF.
#5653403 - 05/04/1208:30 PMRe: If you are an expert grader of one series, you can be the same with other series
WalkerfanWalkerfan TOTAL NEWBIE, makes no sense and seems very paradoxical and counter-intuitive.
Is it a very lame attempt at sarcastic humor??
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You MAY become an expert in a second or maybe even a third series but across all boards and all series like an 'omni-grader'--there's just no way---just too many subtle nuances and characteristics to master. It's like asking an athlete to excel in ALL sports---won't happen. You can be PROFICIENT in all but being a specialist is MUCH more limited in scope.
The journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step.