Cleaned trade dollars

Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by AirborneReams, Apr 11, 2021.

  1. AirborneReams

    AirborneReams Well-Known Member

    Hey all,

    I have a question I’ve had for a while. When ever I see trade dollars either at coin shop, for sale, or in friends collections they’re usually cleaned. It seems that they’re cleaned over any other coin type being the most common I come across. Is there a reason for this? I’ve wondered this for some time seeing them and thought I’d ask.
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  3. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & avid numismatist Moderator

    Some types do seem to be more frequently encountered cleaned. I'm not really sure why, but with silver dollars- especially Seated and Trade dollars- one does seem to encounter a lot more coins that were cleaned, polished, whizzed, etc.

    I suppose it might be because they've been popular collectibles for a long time, and old-time collectors were less fastidious about such things. Foreign collectors likewise. There are some places in the world where "shining up" a large silver coin is still not as taboo as it is with modern, slab-happy American collectors.
  4. dwhiz

    dwhiz Collector Supporter

    many year ago you could see dealer taking out their hanky ( handkerchief)to make a coin more shinny.
    And you can bet it wasn't very sanitary.:eek:
  5. dwhiz

    dwhiz Collector Supporter

    The thing about trade dollars that always bothered me was the straight grading when they have chop marks.
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  6. QuintupleSovereign

    QuintupleSovereign Well-Known Member

    That, and the wave of fakes pouring out of China these days!
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  7. -jeffB

    -jeffB Greshams LEO Supporter

    I'll bet they would've said they were more fastidious about "maintaining the condition" of their coins...
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  8. SensibleSal66

    SensibleSal66 Casual Collector / error expert "in Training "

    That's why I buy Coins Authenticated Cleaned or not . Here's my Trade Dollar :
    1878S TD-Obv-vert.jpg 1878S label-vert.jpg
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  9. AirborneReams

    AirborneReams Well-Known Member

    That would make sense, maybe whizzed coins was not like it was back then and people didn’t care about it as much?
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  11. AirborneReams

    AirborneReams Well-Known Member

    I could see that the old man shining his coins before opening that day LOL and yea the chop marks and straight grading is weird, it should have its own category of grading.
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  12. serafino

    serafino Well-Known Member

    Fake Trade Dollars bother me far more than cleaned ones. ;)
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  13. AirborneReams

    AirborneReams Well-Known Member

    I haven’t came across any fakes luckily. I hope! LOL. Are they made fairly well? I’ve been fooled by a Morgan a while back but picked up on what to look for quickly
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