How would you describe the damage done to this Morgan?

Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by LA_Geezer, Jul 12, 2019.

  1. LA_Geezer

    LA_Geezer Well-Known Member

    I have several coins—not all of them Morgans—that look like this. I don't know what was done to them, but it appears to me as if this coin might have been painted with automotive clear coat. It has a liquid appearance to it and quite obviously futzed with tremendously.

    No need to show the reverse, it looks just as bad as this.

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  3. BuffaloHunter

    BuffaloHunter Short of a full herd

    Whizzed perhaps?

    Edited to say, after looking at the zoomed in pic - definitely whizzed
     
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  4. Morgandude11

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

    Harshly cleaned, probably with a buffing machine, or drill bit attachment polishing pad.
     
  5. LA_Geezer

    LA_Geezer Well-Known Member

    Tell me about whizzing, please.
     
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    BuffaloHunter Short of a full herd

  7. messydesk

    messydesk Well-Known Member

    Harshly polished. It doesn't look whizzed, which refers a specific type of polishing, because there's no "artifical luster" on it, just a sheen. Not sure if it's been coated with anything. I'd have to poke it with a stick or some solvent.
     
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  8. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    Unfortunately it's been overly cleaned.
     
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  9. GDJMSP

    GDJMSP Numismatist Moderator

    What he said !
     
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  10. cpm9ball

    cpm9ball CANNOT RE-MEMBER

    Ditto!
     
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  11. BuffaloHunter

    BuffaloHunter Short of a full herd

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  12. Morgandude11

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

    Whizzing creates a very shiny finish, but no natural luster. This coin looks harshly cleaned, and in my opinion, mechanically buffed and polished. Kind of like shining a pair of shoes—the finish has sheen, but does not look like new luster.
     
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  13. Alicia728

    Alicia728 Member

    Thanks everyone.
     
  14. LA_Geezer

    LA_Geezer Well-Known Member

    Thanks. As I mentioned earlier, I have several that have this appearance, but as I searched for other examples, I actually found only one Peace Dollar, a 1922, that has this same grossly polished appearance. Most of my other Peace Dollars are just worn from use in circulation. I bought them at bargain prices decades ago, as was the Morgan above. A few of those have been cleaned, too, so I have some replacing to do. I have just begun collecting the Morgans in earnest, and have decided to take the tortoise's approach, showing a lot more deliberation and spending more for each one I buy. I still prefer raw to slabbed coins despite several admonishments here, and have averaged a little over $100 each for the five I have bought since the beginning of the year. I may choose to opt for certified, slabbed Morgans on the ones that are not so common.
     
  15. LA_Geezer

    LA_Geezer Well-Known Member

    No, thank YOU! :)
     
  16. Alicia728

    Alicia728 Member

    Wrong thread. My bad. I have no idea how I managed it. But here we are. And here I am still gumming up your feeds while I stumble around here. Dont mind me. I mean well.
     
  17. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    You're doing just find girl!
     
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