FOUND THIS STRANGE LOOKING 52 WHEAT CENT TODAY

Discussion in 'Coin Roll Hunting' started by Nathan Kristan, Aug 3, 2021.

  1. Nathan Kristan

    Nathan Kristan Active Member

    Looks extremely odd to me. 20210803_213849.jpg
     
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  3. 1stSgt22

    1stSgt22 Well-Known Member

    Picture is blurred. Can you provide a clearer picture?
     
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  4. ZoidMeister

    ZoidMeister Hamlet Squire of Tomfoolery . . . . .

    You would look odd too if you were that old . . .

    I know I am, and do . . . .

    Z
     
  5. 1stSgt22

    1stSgt22 Well-Known Member

    Same here! I'm older!!!
     
  6. Nathan Kristan

    Nathan Kristan Active Member

  7. 1stSgt22

    1stSgt22 Well-Known Member

    Looks to me like a combination of environmental damage and circulation wear. Wait for other comments!!
     
  8. Nathan Kristan

    Nathan Kristan Active Member

    I think the last picture I posted is better
     
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  10. alurid

    alurid Well-Known Member

    It really just looks like paint or ink to me.
    Got a photo of the reverse? 20210803_220003.jpg
     
  11. ZoidMeister

    ZoidMeister Hamlet Squire of Tomfoolery . . . . .

    A good acetone bath should do it. There's a really nice old copper cent hiding behind all that grunge.

    Z
     
  12. desertgem

    desertgem MODERATOR Senior Errer Collecktor Moderator

    The whole coin tends to tone similarly, but the high points come on contact with flat surfaces and wear the toning off so they are lighter. If acetone doesn't change the color from the chocolate, just enjoy the highlights after all it was 70 years :) Jim
     
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  13. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & Eccentric Moderator

    This. Dark toning as a result of environmental factors.
     
  14. John Burgess

    John Burgess Well-Known Member

    Well it's environmental, my thoughts on it's appearance is it was stored improperly, then someone thought it would be a good idea to give it a soak in used motor oil and the carbon in the used oil deposited on the surfaces while it also did help with the crusty that was probably there from storing it badly like in a cup holder of a car for a couple years.

    It's an auto shop trick to get the crusty off of cupholder coins. any oil will work though and the cleaner the better as far as how it look after a quick soak, but if you miss one or two in the oil pan, it goes into the used oil barrel, and eventually it gets pumped off and someone goes through the bits at the bottom and says "score I made 50 cents!" tosses them in the parts washer, pats em dry with a shop rag and then buys a can of soda out of the machine.

    I know, it's an elaborate story. I've been that guy and it was common in the collision shop I worked at when I was much younger, free soda from the machine! The customers really don't want their crusty coins (never once heard a complaint in 2 years there, all the techs did it) and they all preferred you give them a nice clean car back with interior detail after you're finished working on it. Never taking like bills or valuables of course (that never happened beyond coins being there) and never taking their trunk junk they forgot about but we'd organize it in an orderly fashion so that would be neat too. But the loose crusty coins were fair game.
     
  15. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Supporter! Supporter

    The highlights on the coin are just the environmental toning being rubbed off, much like a bronze statue that people constantly rub.
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