General question about grading

Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by Barney McRae, Feb 28, 2024.

  1. Barney McRae

    Barney McRae Supporter! Supporter

    This is not a coin I have, nor intend to own. I see this frequently and I even own a couple with the same condition. What causes lighter halos around the devices. This is a perfect example of the question I'm asking. Particularly pay attention to the stars. I have my suspicions, but I don't want preconceived notions affecting the answers forthcoming. Thanks! halo.jpg
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  3. johnmilton

    johnmilton Well-Known Member

    Chances are the coin has been rubbed with an abrasive. The areas inside the stars and the devices are protected. Therefore they have the original mint frost still intact.
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  4. Barney McRae

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    I do not see the tell tale hairlines in either fields or devices. What method would have caused this effect?
  5. johnmilton

    johnmilton Well-Known Member

    The hairlines might not be visible because of the angle of the photo. You can use a soft polishing cloth and make sure you don’t go in the same direction all the time.
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  6. Insider

    Insider Talent on loan from...

    Your coin has been cleaned. This covers light cleaning up to harsh cleaning. Anytime anything is moved across a coin's surface that is not a liquid, the thing that abrades the surface cannot get into the area where the relief (raised parts) meets the flat field. This causes the color difference you are seeing around the relief. We call it the "halo effect."
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  7. Bill in Burl

    Bill in Burl Collector

    Yes, cleaned or polished plus the lighting/photo angles.
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  8. Barney McRae

    Barney McRae Supporter! Supporter

    Thanks, but not my coin. I inherited a couple like this and it baffled me. Now I'll know to avoid anything that has this characteristic. I suspected this and why I didn't mention it in my first post. I love you guys, you are great teachers.
  9. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    I’ll make it simple. It’s from cleaning.
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