I was pouring over pages of coins last night.
The old adage that echos through the server on CT is :"Cleaned coins are worth much less".
While I partially seem to agree with this statement, the dealers don't seem too.
I see many NGC slabbed cleaned coins with asking prices not much less than their uncleaned siblings.
Here are two example. I'm not going to list any more as it is a waste of time, due to the fact that their is COUNTLESS examples of this.
Here is a 1889 Morgan Dollar. Unc details, improperly cleaned. $58.50 for a cleaned coin.
Here is a MS-61 1889 morgan.
$58.50 for the cleaned coin, but only $53.50 for the uncleaned one!
Here is a 1866 Shield Nickel. Fine details, improperly cleaned. $67.50 shipped.
Here is the same 1866 shield, this time F-15, UNCLEANED. $69.95 shipped.
Only a couple bucks more for the uncleaned version.
So I will ask this again, if cleaned coins are "worthless", then why do dealers ask so much for them? When you can buy the uncleaned ones for the same price, or just a tiny bit more?