Merry Christmas All!!
What are some of the subtle hints that a grading service looks for on silver coin to make a determination that it has been cleaned? ANACS notes this on their slabs.
When I look at closeups of ANACS slabbed coins at the HeritageCoin website, I sometimes cannot see why they label some coins as "cleaned." Can't see any difference between some "cleaned" coins and ones that are not.
Indeed, many cleaned coins have an obvious "look" about them that indicated they've been cleaned. Fine lines in the same direction (some sort of abrasion) or unnatural "shine" on a well-circulated coin, or a blast bright glistening on a higher grade one.
Other times, I see what looks to be a worn coin that's dark in recesses, and shiny on the high points, but in lower grades that doesn't seem to be unnatural. Sometimes ANACS labels the coin "cleaned" and I can detect any shine to it at all......
I'm really baffled by what ANACS looks for....maybe some sort of voodoo?
I collect some silver coins issues like Mercury dimes, Liberty Walking halves and Peace dollars. Typically in circulated grades F to XF.
Peace in this season to you,