1898 Indian Head Proof?

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  1. vtvick777

    vtvick777 Member

    Is this a proof? Either way, what's it worth? Thanks!
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    1899 Indian Proof.jpg
     
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  3. goossen

    goossen Senior Member

    I hope it wasn't you who cleaned it
     
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  4. vtvick777

    vtvick777 Member

    It was not.
     
  5. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    Not a proof and you couldn't buy yourself a candy bar with it. Cleaned.
     
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  6. John Burgess

    John Burgess Well-Known Member

    that's a shame. maybe worth $1.00 now after the harsh cleaning.. maybe. is this pictures of two different coins? top one in the holder looks rainbow toned and actually pleasing, but the ones on the bottom are a train wreck.
     
  7. PlanoSteve

    PlanoSteve Supporter! Supporter

    It's proof....proof that some people still don't know what the heck they're doing to coins! You have a nice 122 yr old "pocket piece" now...cool to look at the artistry but essentially worthless. :( How did you acquire this piece? :happy:
     
  8. Robert Ransom

    Robert Ransom Well-Known Member

    Definitely two separate coins.
     
  9. 1865King

    1865King New Member

    Both pictures are the same coin I can tell by the small carbon spots seen on the pictures. Unfortunately, that's another coin that fell pray to someone trying to make it look "better". Sad, I'd toss it back into circulation or give it to some kid to peak their interest. Over the years I've slipped a number of low grade Indian cents back into circulation with the hope that some kid gets it.
     
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  10. whopper64

    whopper64 Active Member

    That's a shame about the harsh cleaning.
     
  11. vtvick777

    vtvick777 Member

    They are the same coin. It came from my grandfather's collection.
     
  12. fretboard

    fretboard Defender of Old Coinage!

    Worth one cent, has one of the harshest cleanings ever! Someone wire brushed it to smithereens! better luck next time! :D
     
  13. rosethe

    rosethe Junior Member

    I'm a painter and I could have done a more delicate job with a wire brush. So sorry for your coin vtvick.
     
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  14. NOS

    NOS Former Coin Hoarder

    What's done is done but are you still sure it wasn't you? It's kind of funny you have before and after pictures if it came from your grandfather's collection...
     
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  15. Mr.Q

    Mr.Q Well-Known Member

    Change the date to 1098 and you can clean it all you want but now days the glare hurt the eyes so it's not allowed duh... Nice coin cleaned or not I like it!
     
  16. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Well-Known Member

    What a shame. The first photos seem to show a very nice coin, but the second photos show a harshly cleaned cent that is now and forever damaged. How did that happen, between photos?
     
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  17. Neal

    Neal Well-Known Member

    I'd cry if that were my coin. Somebody scraped at least $100 off that Indian. Spending it would be the kind thing to do. Eventually, if cents continue to circulate in this country and if it doesn't just go into someone's penny jar, it might get enough wear to no longer look cleaned, say about at a Good level, at which point it might rise to be worth a dollar.
     
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  18. Santinidollar

    Santinidollar Supporter! Supporter

    That’s why some of the best advice in these parts is don’t clean coins.
     
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  19. goossen

    goossen Senior Member

    Asking the real question
     
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  20. l.cutler

    l.cutler Member

    Definitely worth a LOT more in the first picture than in the second.
     
  21. Kentucky

    Kentucky Supporter! Supporter

    Actually it is a very nice coin showing full LIBERTY and 4 diamonds. It is a shame that someone cleaned it harshly. Perhaps circulation could erase some of the damage.
     
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