1923S Peace Dollar is it FS-51-1923S-001c ?

Discussion in 'Error Coins' started by Brenda Brown, Dec 6, 2018 at 3:51 PM.

  1. Brenda Brown

    Brenda Brown Member

    I just got the Cherry Pickers and I think this matches and should I clean it?
     

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  3. Paddy54

    Paddy54 Variety Collector

    You NEVER CLEAN a coin. And your specimen has already been harshly cleaned. Which devalues it considably.
     
  4. Brenda Brown

    Brenda Brown Member

    I got these coins from my grandfather. I have not cleaned them but I don't know if he did.
     
  5. Michael K

    Michael K Well-Known Member

    Never clean coins. Especially if you are not an expert at conserving them.
    In the old days people did clean their coins, before it was determined that this was permanent damage to the coins surface.
    With the naked eye a cleaned coin might appear "shiny" but in fact depending upon the solvents, and abrasives used, it will strip the coin of any original mint luster, and will leave hairline scratches all over the coin.
     
  6. Brenda Brown

    Brenda Brown Member

    The only thing I am an expert at is not being an expert.
     
  7. Michael K

    Michael K Well-Known Member

    The scratches on this coin appear that he probably cleaned them.
    In this case they were "scrubbed" which is bad. Sometimes some old coins can be gently cleaned, and after many decades, they will "retone" and be acceptable.
    Fortunately this is not a very valuable coin. Perhaps $25 or $30 if it was not cleaned.
    The silver value is only worth $11 currently, and the coin is worth maximum $15-$20.
     
  8. Brenda Brown

    Brenda Brown Member

    Thank you. I have Morgan and Peace dollars and old half dollars and a bucket of pennies. I need to go through them but not sure where to start.
     
  9. Michael K

    Michael K Well-Known Member

  10. BooksB4Coins

    BooksB4Coins Newbieus Sempiterna

    The coin absolutely has had a past run in with a less than careful individual, but don't let this impact your appreciation for it and simply because of the family connection.

    Welcome to the forum. :)
     
  11. Brenda Brown

    Brenda Brown Member

    Thank you that is great.
     
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