I gave fairly little for this one

Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by Pickin and Grinin, Dec 5, 2023.

  1. Pickin and Grinin

    Pickin and Grinin Well-Known Member

    Does anyone think that verdi care could help this one?
    I know it's a bit rough. Just found it going thru some flips that I had put away.
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  3. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    It can’t hurt it.
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  4. PlanoSteve

    PlanoSteve Well-Known Member

    Wow, that's probably a rare specimen because I don't think there have ever been many elephant shoe stores (and quite frankly, I didn't know there was even a market for elephant shoes, although the elephant model looks good in them). :D

    JMO, but I think I would try anything to clean it up because a cleaned specimen could not be worth any less than the butt ugly state that it's in now (based on the pic I see). If it were mine (now I'm going to be looking for one) I wouldn't be planning to flip it, but to make it into something more aesthetically pleasing.

    Nice pick up! ;):singing:
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  5. mpcusa

    mpcusa "Official C.T. TROLL SWEEPER"

    I would say give it a try :)
  6. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    After a little research this is a advertising token from The Scovill Manufacturing Company of Waterbury, Connecticut. They produced this token around 1863. The Scovill Company was established in 1802 as a button manufacturer and is still in business today. They were an American Innovator and produced buttons, daguerreotype mats, medals, coins, and tokens.

    The Obverse has an image of a walking elephant wearing shoes. The legend reads: STRAIGHT'S ELEPHANTINE SHOE STORE/ 398 BROADWAY/ 1863.

    The Reverse legend reads: REDEEMED AT MY SHOE STORE/ 398 BROADWAY ALBANY N.Y.

    It’s a very nice piece.
  7. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    Without the stain it should be valued around $50.00 but it’s current condition will obviously lower that price.
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  8. Mainebill

    Mainebill Bethany Danielle

    Can’t hurt it. Try it.
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  9. johnmilton

    johnmilton Well-Known Member

    It’s a common merchant Civil War token, but it’s very popular because of the elephant in boots design. It appears to have been a Mint State piece before the environmental issues. The obverse could get a little better, but far from perfect, with some restoration, but the reverse looks like a lost cause.

    Steve Hayden just auctioned a PCGS graded MS-64 R&B for $515, but don’t get your hopes up for anything remotely close to that because of the environmental issues.
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  10. Pickin and Grinin

    Pickin and Grinin Well-Known Member

    Thanks all. The coin doesn't have much wear at all. When I bought it, it had the problems it does right now. I just don't want to make it worse. And would hate to make the surface look tooled.
    Thanks for the responses.
    I don't plan on flipping it. I just want something that I can throw into the coin cabinet, and get a skin.
    I have been lucky so far. The coins are fairly stable in the cabinet and toning is minimal if any. Fingers crossed.
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  11. Pickin and Grinin

    Pickin and Grinin Well-Known Member

    I think that I may find some time this weekend. Gonna be snowing.
    And you are right verdi care won't hurt it.
  12. Kevin Mader

    Kevin Mader Fellow Coin Enthusiast Supporter

    If @BadThad is lurking, he may be able to suggest a conservation method.
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  13. Pickin and Grinin

    Pickin and Grinin Well-Known Member

    That would be awesome. The thought of massaging the product into the coin, I couldn't do with out a good scope. Just seems out of my ability until then. Gonna hold this project for another day.

    And the corrosion isn't so black in had has a red brown tint to it in hand.
  14. BadThad

    BadThad Calibrated for Lincolns

    I would not use VC on it, it will probably alter/remove that color toning and barely dent the near-terminal toning. Sometimes it's just best to leave things as they are. :)
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