1964 Kennedy: Toning or environmental damage?

Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by somecoinguy, Sep 18, 2021.


Toning or Environmental Damage?

  1. Toning (Don't grade it)

    4 vote(s)
  2. Toning (Get it graded)

    0 vote(s)
  3. Environmental Damage

    1 vote(s)
  1. somecoinguy

    somecoinguy Member

    Hey all,

    I have had this 1964 half dollar for a few years, and recently rediscovered it while going through my collection. Would you say this is toning or some kind of environmental damage to the coin? I am also debating if I want to send it in to get graded or not. Environmental damage came up when discussing it on my instagram, so I wanted to get your opinions on it as well!

    1964 Half Obverse.png 1964 Half Reverse.png

    EDIT: I realized that the photo I posted didn't quite capture the splotchiness of the browns on the obverse, so also added this one:
    Last edited: Sep 18, 2021
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  3. Evan Saltis

    Evan Saltis College Dorm Collector Supporter

    There are so many 1964s out there that a small few would benefit from submission.
    Its the surface rough? Looks like it may be.
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  4. cpm9ball

    cpm9ball CANNOT RE-MEMBER

    Regardless of whether it is damage or not, I think you would be wasting your money submitting it for grading. That sort of toning (if it truly is toning) is not very appealing.
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  5. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Supporter! Supporter

    Why would you want to spend the money to have it slabbed? Environmental damage and toning are the same. The coin's metal is reacting to its surroundings, and that is one ugly coin. Save it for the silver.
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  6. physics-fan3.14

    physics-fan3.14 You got any more of them.... prooflikes? Supporter

    The green looks like environmental damage from prolonged contact with something.

    Either way, a 64 Kennedy needs to be in pretty high grade to make it worth submitting.
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  7. somecoinguy

    somecoinguy Member

    Hmm, it does look a little rough, but it doesn't seem like it is actually rough on the surface

    Yeah, it is a pretty ugly coin :yuck:! You and others do make a good point about it not really being worth the money to submit it! I've just been going through my coins seeing if anything is worth getting graded and this one sort of caught my eye, even if it was due to it being ugly :bag:
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  8. TheFinn

    TheFinn Well-Known Member

    Technically toning (tarnish) IS environmental damage.
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