1857 flying eagle cent advice

Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by AirborneReams, Sep 25, 2020.

  1. AirborneReams

    AirborneReams Active Member

    Hello all,

    i have this 1857 flying eagle that I would like to put up for auction this weekend. My questions is, I’m no coin expert when it comes to coins that have been cleaned, polished, dipped etc. there’s a chance this coin has been re toned there’s no noticeable scratches with eye sight or anything besides light wear around the lettering and places on the reverse. I sell a lot of coins and I do my best to take adequate pictures for any bidders and if I see something I will say it in the description, I want to be fair and I care about my reputation as well. What is the best way for a non professional to state that a coin has or hasn’t been cleaned I am unaware but there a still chances? I also provide a return service and start my biddings extremely low. I just want to be forward about my coins may have been cleaned or may not but also not make it sound like they are and I’m trying to hide something by hammering that part. Is there any tactics on what you guys use or say for this? I am very proud of this piece though and it will be one of the hardest to part with CB5C8909-DE29-424C-A412-E91F76EB080E.jpeg 61EE8C1E-B766-433A-959B-E8890A4D4EE0.jpeg
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  3. hotwheelsearl

    hotwheelsearl Well-Known Member

    Honestly for a high grade coin, and if you sell coins of this caliber often, it’s in your best interest to certify (pcgs or ngc) these coins. Keeps you and the buyer safe.
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  4. ZoidMeister

    ZoidMeister Hamlet Squire of Tomfoolery . . . . . Supporter

    Agreed ^^^^
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  5. AirborneReams

    AirborneReams Active Member

    This is true and I do that for some coins but the turn around can take a while and I’m only making so much at this point.. someone told me this coin had been cleaned but since re toned. There’s very few hairlines in the reverse that are vertical to each other under a loupe but like I said it’s very few so I am unsure if cleaned or not. I would hate to pay and wait to get back AU details
  6. thomas mozzillo

    thomas mozzillo Supporter! Supporter

    I understand your wanting to maintain a good reputation so I'm just curious. Unless you know for sure whether it's been cleaned or not, why mention anything about it at all? You have a return policy so if the buyer don't like the coin when they receive it, they can return it.
    I see many eBay listings where the seller, in one way or another, is telling the bidder to use their own judgement in determining the grade and condition.
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2020
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  7. AirborneReams

    AirborneReams Active Member

    This is very true.. I guess the only reason I really care is because this is one of the higher end of coins I’ve had in a while and I know what it’s like to wait for a coin I was excited about to find out it’s harshly cleaned.. but as I stated there’s nothing visible to the eye and nothing that jumps out at me as cleaned. Maybe your right
  8. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & passionate numismatist Moderator

    I would simply state that you are uncertain whether or not the coin had been cleaned, and leave it at that. Let the would-be buyers look at the photo, and judge for themselves. (You could suggest just that.)

    I think it is a handsome coin, regardless, and the photos are clear enough.
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  9. AirborneReams

    AirborneReams Active Member

    I’ll keep it as simple as that, thank you!
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  10. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & passionate numismatist Moderator

    I would, however, suggest cropping the photos down.

    There. That's better. :)

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  11. AirborneReams

    AirborneReams Active Member

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  12. baseball21

    baseball21 Well-Known Member

    If you're not going to grade it just say nothing and let people come to their own conclusions based off the pictures. Any claim you make can be used against you and that is especially true when you say you aren't sure
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