Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by Rheingold, Sep 21, 2023.
Color and grade would be of interest, too.
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The photos are not the best, but there is a small amount of wear on the coin. It is not Mint State. For that reason the color looks a bit suspect to me, but I would need better photos to say more.
A lightly worn large cent can still have some red in protected areas, but it's unusual. Often such a piece has been cleaned.
Here is one in a similar grade. I grade this one EF-40. It is raw, not in a slab.
I have a similar one, which was confound.
There is a non-trivial rim/edge ding on the reverse at K11:30. If this coin were to straight-grade, it would probably net-grade down a notch for this.
The color is off I and the pattern of reddish color does not look natural to me. I would say this coin has been improperly cleaned and re-toned.
There are also patches of roughness and pitting on both obverse and reverse, implying that this coin once exhibited a degree of corrosion (ground find?) or possibly PVC-caused corrosion that has been cleaned off. That supports the idea that it has been re-toned.
Sorry I couldn't be more optimistic.
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