I took a gamble on a 1879-s morgan

Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by rte, Oct 30, 2018.

  1. rte

    rte Well-Known Member

    Not a huge gamble....
    I couldn't quite read the reverse notation and the reverse picture was not very clear.
    It came in today.
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    The Original picture looked like
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  3. Seattlite86

    Seattlite86 Outspoken Member

    Shame it was cleaned and that photo clearly tried to hide it :(
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  4. C-B-D

    C-B-D Well-Known Member

    Well done! Awesome variety! Congrats to you, for sure! Looks like a nice AU, possibly cleaned, but still a great find.
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  5. Noah Finney

    Noah Finney Morgan / Gold Indian Member

    All that I have to say!
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  7. Michael K

    Michael K Well-Known Member

    The cleaning was hidden by deceptive photography.
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  8. kanga

    kanga 65 Year Collector Supporter

    I'm not sure it was cleaned.
    I'm leaning towards VERY poorly handled/stored.
    Either way I think it's a DETAILS coin.
  9. C-B-D

    C-B-D Well-Known Member

    Do you guys know this seller? He does this a lot, then? My first impression was that this looks like pics that half the casual eBay sellers out there take with their cell phones. Anyway, by the sound of it, I think the OP probably got the better end of the deal since it appears the seller didn't highlight the rare "reverse of 78."
  10. Seattlite86

    Seattlite86 Outspoken Member

    No, I’ve just seen enough sales on eBay to know when photos are intentionally hiding something. I see it more often in Germany ironically. Reverse of 78 is a great find, too bad it’s cleaned.
  11. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    Definitely cleaned but still nice looking and with the best reverse on that date.
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  12. Cheech9712

    Cheech9712 Every thing is a guess

    Yeah i agree
  13. rte

    rte Well-Known Member

    The seller has lots of feedback and is bellabambino
    Has a couple thousand items listed and hundreds of coins, mostly higher priced.
    Coin actually look better in person...someday I'll get a better way to take quality pictures.
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  14. Seattlite86

    Seattlite86 Outspoken Member

    Well, it’s a cool variety and I’m glad you’re happy. Perhaps the seller took the photos in haste, but I’m pretty sure he/she knew it was cleaned/details and tried to hide it. Either way, sounds like you made out just fine. :)
  15. John Skelton

    John Skelton Morgan man!

    Trying to learn...what did you see that shows it was cleaned?
  16. Michael K

    Michael K Well-Known Member

    The types of scratches bunched together and going in the same direction (both sides) is a hint that it probably was scrubbed with something abrasive.
    Cleaning will also make a coin "appear" shiny, when it has in fact stripped off all the remaining original mint luster.
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