Has this been cleaned/tampered with?

Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by Coinismatics2000, Feb 20, 2024.


Has this been cleaned?

  1. Yes

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  2. No

    0 vote(s)
  1. Hi All,

    Quick one - Has this coin been cleaned?

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  3. charley

    charley Well-Known Member

  4. The Half Dime

    The Half Dime Arrows!

    Definitely so. The front looks way too lustrous because it appears to be a low-end AU. AU58 coins can look about as good as a MS64 or 65, but I say this would get cleaned w/ AU53 details.
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  5. johnmilton

    johnmilton Well-Known Member

    This is an example of an inexperienced person messing with a coin that should have been left alone. The obverse shows heavy traces of toning that does not go away when you dip a coin to improve it. If the toning is too deep, you are much better off leaving the coin alone. Otherwise you get ugly streaks.
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  6. I thought as much - it was going cheap at an auction! I knew there was something wrong with it just by looking at it. I want to say the estimate was between £30-£50 roughly.
  7. johnmilton

    johnmilton Well-Known Member

    That is cheap given the amount detail that is left on the piece. That's $37.50 to $62.50 in U.S. dollars. The wholesale Good to VG price is $30 to $44, and pieces in Good don't look like much these days.
  8. charley

    charley Well-Known Member

    This piece is not only cleaned, but damaged, and would receive a Details Grade, if fortunate.
    There is nothing AU (or MS) about the piece.
  9. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    It was cleaned but a person that didn’t know any better and it was done poorly.
  10. Croatian Coin Collector

    Croatian Coin Collector Supporter! Supporter

    Somebody definitely did something bad to that coin.
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