Found a 1923s SLQ in a cull bag! A cool (and kinda sad) story!

Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by TylerH, Feb 9, 2019.

  1. TylerH

    TylerH Well-Known Member

    Hi All
    I posted this in another message but wanted to share as I think it's pretty cool.

    I got some free slicked SLQs and this one had an S mint mark- Date TOTALLY gone.

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    Through some science and letting it sit in a mixture - SHOCKINGLY a date started to appear, and low and behold, the rare key date 1923 showed up after 24 hours of soaking:

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    I gently ran my thumb over the body of the quarter to remove some greying and it looks OK now - I mean it would probably grade a "Good" details if anything, but hey, a free key date SLQ is still a solid morning!

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  3. Inspector43

    Inspector43 70 Year Collector

    Nice. Are you going to tell us what the "mixture" was?
     
  4. TylerH

    TylerH Well-Known Member

    Oh - Duh - haha I meant to originally. 1:2 white vinegar to Hydrogen Peroxide (3% store brand)

    Warning though it annihilated the coin - came out solid ugly grey (Some of which came off) This would prob be for culls ONLY
     
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  5. Inspector43

    Inspector43 70 Year Collector

    Yes. But I will accept any coin that I know the date of. Thanks, I will try it on some culls. If I know the date of a coin I don't need this.
     
  6. TylerH

    TylerH Well-Known Member

    That was my logic here too
     
  7. Prez2

    Prez2 Active Member

    I've had similar experiences using other cleaning methods and had to learn the hard way. Much rather have a'dirty' untreated coin than a 'clean' version of the same. Copper really goes bad fast. No more cleaning (or even dipping) for me.
     
  8. TylerH

    TylerH Well-Known Member

    To be honest I see this date - even in Good details selling for a few hundred dollars on eBay. I might send it to ICG for authenticity sake and try to sell it to someone with a better use for it. I would rather fill multiple holes in my 7070 with the $. Thoughts?
     
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  9. TylerH

    TylerH Well-Known Member

    I would agree and if the date was visible I would have never done this.
     
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  10. Prez2

    Prez2 Active Member

    Well, on EBAY they seem to buy anything so I tend to agree with your logic there. Personally, I find filling multiple holes versus one questionable coin a better option as well. I've always been one to think an overall collection can likely attain more value over the years versus one single coin. Given the popularity of varieties you never know what will be valuable tomorrow.
     
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  11. Prez2

    Prez2 Active Member

    Kinda like the buffalo nickel question I ponder when using nik-a-date versus a blank date. Dated probably always wins versus non dated (not that I advise using nik-a-date).
     
  12. Inspector43

    Inspector43 70 Year Collector

    There's a guy with a site called "buffalo reincarnation" that has a way to bring the dates out. They don't look bad, but, it is obvious that they have ben treated.
     
  13. Prez2

    Prez2 Active Member

    Yeah are therein lies the dilemma. Still, it is now dated and worth more than a dateless I suppose. I've got tons of dateless nickels that I think I'll try the chemical on one day.
     
  14. Michael K

    Michael K Well-Known Member

    You have to use less hydrogen peroxide, especially on dateless buffs as it will turn the coin white (usually you can get a date) but it is obvious that it has been etched by acid. Perhaps there is a formula that is a little safer on silver.
    23-S is still an awesome find and I wonder about the value, knowing that it has been in acid.
     
  15. CircCam

    CircCam Well-Known Member

    I like the ICG idea. They’ll confirm it’s genuine, describe the problem honestly to the buyer and you can put it up for auction with confidence in fairness to all that way.
     
  16. TylerH

    TylerH Well-Known Member

    That was my thought as well - I can take pictures and describe it all day long but that always leaves the door open to misinterpretation and potential buyer issues.

    With 10 day turnaround and shipping back I'm out 40$. So long as it sells over that I am fine, which I assume it should. I would rather have some mid grade half cents or a nice flying eagle cent honestly :)
     
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  17. -jeffB

    -jeffB Greshams LEO Supporter

    If you do it, please post your results!
     
  18. -jeffB

    -jeffB Greshams LEO Supporter

    I don't immediately see the site you're talking about, but if you just plop buffalo nickels into full-strength white vinegar (WITHOUT peroxide), it brings back detail over the whole coin -- without the staining of Nic-A-Date (ferric chloride). It's still obvious that the coin's been etched with acid, but to my eye at least it's less ugly than a date-only-restored example.
     
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  19. Inspector43

    Inspector43 70 Year Collector

    I wouldn't do any of that with intent to sell. But, for my own coins, I agree that they would be better than having a bunch of no date coins.
     
  20. Inspector43

    Inspector43 70 Year Collector

    http://myworld.ebay.com/buffaloreincarnations/
    I found it on eBay.
     
  21. -jeffB

    -jeffB Greshams LEO Supporter

    Yep, he's got the vinegar-bath going (or its equivalent).

    To me, his descriptions are fair and transparent, so I don't have any problem with him selling these. If it were me, though, I'd leave off "full horn"; to me, that's a term referring to absence of wear, and it just doesn't belong here.
     
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