Is this 1853 $2.5 Liberty Head Cleaned?

Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by MJ1927, Jan 27, 2022.

  1. MJ1927

    MJ1927 New Member

    Looking to get additional opinions, I had bought it online and pictures looked great but upon closer examination, I'm wondering now if it is cleaned looking at the different tone around the stars of the obverse compared to the fields and bust? If this is the case, I can realistically expect to knock off a good 30% of its value right? Photos attached...

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  3. charley

    charley Well-Known Member

    Looks like enhanced, yes.
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  4. johnmilton

    johnmilton Well-Known Member

    I don’t see hairlines, and does not look like dipped out “white gold” to me, so I would not be concerned about it.
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  5. Randy Abercrombie

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  6. Rheingold

    Rheingold Well-Known Member

    Looks ok to me.
    It‘s just circulated and toned.
  7. MJ1927

    MJ1927 New Member

    Seems like mixed opinions then - thanks for the replies! That third picture for me just looks a little odd around the stars. What sort of grade would you place it, AU-55ish? I have attached further photos of the reverse...

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  8. SensibleSal66

    SensibleSal66 U.S Casual Collector / Error Collector

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  9. Publius2

    Publius2 Well-Known Member

    I'm no expert but nothing about that coin as shown in the photos causes me concern.
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  10. Rheingold

    Rheingold Well-Known Member

    I‘m in the AU55 Camp, too.
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  11. Morgandude11

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

    Does not look cleaned to me. Just circulation wear is pretty evident in the high spots, especially the cheek and cap. I see it as low AU—probably AU 53.
  12. Lawtoad

    Lawtoad Well-Known Member

    I agree with not having been cleaned. Nothing stands out to me to indicate cleaning.
  13. ToughCOINS

    ToughCOINS Dealer Member Moderator

    Mid AU, not cleaned.
  14. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Supporter! Supporter

    Gold acts totally different than other metals used to make coins, and I have no experience with them, but it looks good to me (not cleaned). I would think AU55-58, but again, no experience with gold coins.
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