1853 rays half question

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  1. David Betts

    David Betts Elle Mae Clampett cruising with Dad

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  3. kanga

    kanga 65 Year Collector Supporter

    I don't see it, but ....
     
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  4. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    Hard to tell from the photos, but looks pretty good to me. I don't see any cleaning.
     
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  5. David Betts

    David Betts Elle Mae Clampett cruising with Dad

    Ty guys reverse had me questioning because of top of eagle?
     
  6. potty dollar 1878

    potty dollar 1878 Well-Known Member

    Don't see any cleaning but it does appear to be environmental damage,still a nice coin.
     
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  7. GH#75

    GH#75 Trying to get 8 hours of sleep in 4. . .

    The obverse was in fact cleaned, but it was long enough ago to not receive a details grade.
     
  8. kanga

    kanga 65 Year Collector Supporter

    IMO that's just honest wear.
     
  9. johnmilton

    johnmilton Well-Known Member

    It does not appear to have been damaged from a cleaning, but you can never be sure. I bought this piece many years, and later had it kicked back to me as "cleaned" when I submitted it to a third party grader. It was, in fact, hairlined from a cleaning, but you could only see it a certain angles. I thought that the coin was a no problem EF when I bought it.

    1853 50c O.jpg 1853 50c R.jpg

    I would be more concerned by what I perceive to be rim damage on the reverse between "D" and "S" in "UNITED STATES." The rim looks upset to me.
     
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  10. David Betts

    David Betts Elle Mae Clampett cruising with Dad

    Still your's is a nice piece. Agreed saw dent on reverse and even on obverse sprocket rim by 6th/7thstar you can see fatter rim ty
     
  11. johnmilton

    johnmilton Well-Known Member

    I don't own it any longer. I sold it when I was a dealer to another dealer. Here's the one in my set now. You can like it or dislike it because it is a "white coin," but it is Mint State. NGC graded it MS-64.

    1853HalfDollarO.jpg 1853HalfDollar R.jpg
     
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  12. Evan Saltis

    Evan Saltis College Dorm Collector Supporter

    This coin would be a 'details' coin, not because of perceived cleaning, but rather the rim bump.
     
  13. micbraun

    micbraun coindiccted Supporter

    It’s also borderline env damage due to what appears to be corrosion.
     
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  14. ksparrow

    ksparrow Coin Hoarder Supporter

    The rim bumps got my attention. Doesn't look cleaned to me.
     
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