Crazy toned proof Kennedy half?

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  1. James R

    James R Active Member

    Hello All,
    Is this natural toning? Or artificial? What causes the carbon thumbprints? Is that marker lining across the face or sone other part of the minting process? 18BCA309-F0E4-41D3-A3E2-C1D0E5CA934C.png 0FE5DAAD-748F-4B8F-A70B-80F6DF543200.png
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  3. cplradar

    cplradar Talmud Chuchum

    defect in the panche?
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  4. l.cutler

    l.cutler Member

    It does look like someone took a sharpie to it. An acetone dip should take it off if that is what it is. The fingerprint is unfortunate, that is most likely permanent.
  5. expat

    expat Remember you are unique, just like everyone else Supporter

    Looks like a kid has played with it. The marker lines could disappear after a dip in pure acetone. The fingerprints look as is the marker ink was on the fingers and may lighten a bit after a soak, but there will still be fingerprints left on there afterwards. Nothing to lose by trying acetone. Post what it looks like afterwards
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  6. cpm9ball

    cpm9ball CANNOT RE-MEMBER

    Didn't you know? The Mint uses a sharpie as part of their QC process to indicate that the coin is fit for circulation. The fingerprints on the left and right fields are from the two Mint employees that must hold the coin while a third employee uses the sharpie to mark it.
  7. eddiespin

    eddiespin Fast Eddie

    Just to update, that's all done by AI now. Those three Mint employees are out of a job. Official sources say the Mint Employees Union is still fighting it, though.
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  8. Morgandude11

    Morgandude11 As long as it's Silver, I'm listening

    What kind of toning? Bizarre awful vertical line toning? Ugggh. Also love the fingerprint.
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  9. Mr.Q

    Mr.Q Well-Known Member

    Yes, the fingerprints are unfortunate but the coin itself is 90% silver. Clean at your own risk, It's a keeper. Good luck
  10. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Supporter! Supporter

    Is the coin in your possession? Did you acquire it in that condition? The finger print is most likely permanent, but the ink marks should come off with acetone soak and rolling a Q-tip gently over them. As for toning. I see NO toning at all, just a one time nice frosted proof that unfortunately is now worth about melt value, IMHO.
  11. whopper64

    whopper64 Well-Known Member

    It's a shame that so many novices don't know not to handle a "keeper" coin with bare hands and/or touch the obverse or reverse. I shudder when I see (on e-Bay) a seller cupping a valuable coin in the palm of his/her hand. Even holding a coin by the edge is risky especially if your fingers/hand are oily or dirty.
  12. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    Shame about all that. The fingerprints are permanently there. The magic marker can be removed but so will the toning. A beautiful blue toning it is and it’s all natural.
  13. 1865King

    1865King Well-Known Member

    The is only worth it's weight in silver. The finger print will drop it into the junk silver category. To bad. Use it as a pocket piece. At one time it was a very nice 1964 half.
  14. Morgandude11

    Morgandude11 As long as it's Silver, I'm listening

    The coin is worth melt value only. It is a damaged coin. Br realistic.
  15. charley

    charley Well-Known Member

    I don't think the coin is from Columbia.
    I do agree with that color, it does have panache, though.

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