"Altered" coins

Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by Columbian46, Feb 27, 2021.

  1. Columbian46

    Columbian46 New Member

    Hello. This is my first post here, and I hope this is the right place for this kind of question.

    [BTW, I've tried to include jpegs of the coins I'm asking about, but I can't see that it's working. Please let me know if I'm not doing this right.]

    Going through my stash of coins I and my late Mom accumulated over years, I found this 1885 Morgan Dollar in what I believe is near XF condition. Unfortunately, it is disfigured by having been stuck into a brassy-looking ring promoting Buicks.

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    Does this ruin the coin, numismatically? Does anyone know how this was done, and how I can remove it? Is it likely to have been braized or soldered to the coin, which would make removal more difficult?

    This is a really nice-looking coin, and I'd like to get rid of the thing attached to it.

    On another front, I also inherited five other silver dollars into which someone had drilled two or three ~1/8" holes.

    Really.

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    I know. You're thinking, "How did this guy get so lucky??"

    These are bullion, right? And with some of the silver missing, to boot. I'm not complaining: it's still an extra C-note in my pocket if I go the bulion route, but—aside from the ugly disfigurement--they're fairly well-preserved. I assume there's no hope here, but I wanted to ask.

    All suggestions are welcome, and thank you all in advance.
     
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  3. Matthew Kruse

    Matthew Kruse Young Numismatist

    They are still worth silver melt value at least. Check the mint mark on the back of the Morgan dollar under the wreath. It still might be worth more depending on the mint even if its in a holder. They are called "CULL" coins when they have holes or dents on them.
     
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  4. potty dollar 1878

    potty dollar 1878 Florida girls have to love walking there sharks.

    The morgan your better off keeping it in there those others aren't bullion they're u.s silver dollars but because of the damage there only worth melt value around $25 except for the 1928 if real even in this condition it might be worth $100 or more my opinion.
     
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  5. Inspector43

    Inspector43 73 Year Collector Supporter

    The set may be collectable by automobile clubs. This money clip for Pontiac from 1951 is interesting to the Pontiac-Oakland club. My aunt got it when she bought the 1951 Pontiac. Flip it over.
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  6. Inspector43

    Inspector43 73 Year Collector Supporter

    And, welcome to CT
     
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  7. potty dollar 1878

    potty dollar 1878 Florida girls have to love walking there sharks.

    Welcome to CT
     
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  8. Columbian46

    Columbian46 New Member

    Inspector43: That is really cool . . . and a great idea to look at car clubs. Thank you for that suggestion.
     
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  9. Inspector43

    Inspector43 73 Year Collector Supporter

    I'm guessing that it is from the early 50's. Back then you could get silver dollars from the bank for $1 each. And, Pontiac and Buick were both GM products.
     
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  10. Columbian46

    Columbian46 New Member

    @Matthew Kruse: thanks for the suggestions and clarification. No mint mark on the Morgan, though.
     
  11. Columbian46

    Columbian46 New Member

    Inspector43: Sounds right. My dad owned a few Buicks over the years.
     
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  12. Inspector43

    Inspector43 73 Year Collector Supporter

    FWIW, if you put @ in front of a members name the member will get an alert. @Columbian46
     
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  13. Columbian46

    Columbian46 New Member

    BTW, Where do I go to get the best price when selling coins for silver value?
     
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  15. Columbian46

    Columbian46 New Member

    When people stress not to clean coins, does that include not even wiping off schmutz with a soft, microfibre cloth?
     
  16. potty dollar 1878

    potty dollar 1878 Florida girls have to love walking there sharks.

    It does?I don't see it you have the coins so ok then its not the rare one.
     
  17. eddiespin

    eddiespin Fast Eddie

    Unless the back of it has a little "CC" at the bottom I'd think it's best off right where it is.
     
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  18. Matthew Kruse

    Matthew Kruse Young Numismatist

    I'll buy em if you don't want em... :D
     
  19. Michael K

    Michael K Well-Known Member

    People have done that to me many times, and I have never once gotten an alert. Sometimes I will see the post a few days later, and they are not happy that I didn't respond sooner.
     
  20. Matthew Kruse

    Matthew Kruse Young Numismatist

    I believe you can change that in the settings to choose if you want a notification or not when that happens.
     
  21. Inspector43

    Inspector43 73 Year Collector Supporter

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