My most flawless 1985 half dollar.

Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by Shrews1994, Jul 13, 2018.

  1. Shrews1994

    Shrews1994 KIND OF A BIG DEAL.

    Why is it this color? Anyways I love it.
    Pluss doesn't it look like a doubled chin? RoundPhoto_Jul132018_065045.png RoundPhoto_Jul132018_065010.png CM180712-090358020.jpg
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  3. Randy Abercrombie

    Randy Abercrombie Supporter! Supporter

    Shrews.... It is impossible to know all the conditions a coin undergoes over the course of it's life. Anything from a person's sweaty pocket to being in the sun on an automobiles dashboard or any other countless variables contribute to the shades of toning we see on our beloved coins. Long and short is... There isn't an answer to your question! Could be anything.
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  4. Clawcoins

    Clawcoins Well-Known Member

    I like Half Dollars. They just fit in the hand really well and I like the relief of the chicken ... I mean eagle. :)

    I like the 3/4 oz gold ones too.
  5. Shrews1994

    Shrews1994 KIND OF A BIG DEAL.

    Yeah it could be anything. I got 6 from the bank the other day. That's all they had and I took them. They all look in good condition. This one really caught my eye
  6. Shrews1994

    Shrews1994 KIND OF A BIG DEAL.

    I did think it looked a little bit a relief. More pronounced. That is a good thing right?
  7. Clawcoins

    Clawcoins Well-Known Member

    It's a really tall design from the flat field for the height. If you compare it to modern coins the modern stuff is really flat, or at least seems that way.
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  8. Michael K

    Michael K Well-Known Member

    If it has not been artificially enhanced, I think the color is just toning. On the clad halves, the inner core of copper is sandwiched by outer layers of copper/nickel. The nickel is what gives it the silvery appearance. This thin layer can be a variety of colors from silver, white, gray, gold and rainbow.
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  9. Shrews1994

    Shrews1994 KIND OF A BIG DEAL.

    Tonning is a sign of corosion and thats not good?
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  10. Randy Abercrombie

    Randy Abercrombie Supporter! Supporter

    All coins will tone. It is almost unavoidable. We can conserve them best we can by controlling their environment.
  11. Michael K

    Michael K Well-Known Member

    I don't care for toning. Metals oxidize (rust) and that brings out a variety of colors. But many collectors like the different toning colors.
    There's all kinds of metals, with different colors.
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  12. CoinCorgi

    CoinCorgi Derp, derp, derp!

    At least the chicken is modest...wears a shield to cover the naughty bits.
  13. midtncoin

    midtncoin Well-Known Member

    I'm with Michael. I've never cared for toning in my own collection although I can appreciate the beautiful colors of a well-toned coin. I just prefer the natural silver/gray color. But some collectors love them.
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  14. Cheech9712

    Cheech9712 Every thing is a guess

    Tonning if a real flexible problem to me. When i think there ugly, others think they're beautiful.
  15. Kentucky

    Kentucky Supporter! Supporter

    Two radically different schools of thought, some think toning is wonderful almost no matter how bad most of us think it looks and some think blast white or grey (unless you consider 'old silver grey' to be toning) is the only acceptable color for silver or nickel alloys...and don't get people started on copper...

    I think most of us are in the middle, some light corr... toning is attractive, but can readily become ugly.
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  16. Clawcoins

    Clawcoins Well-Known Member

    Personally, I don't mind some coloring. It's pretty nice looking on some coins.
    But when it starts transitioning to darker colors and turns blackish is when I don't like it and that happens right after a light purple (my personal limit).

    But I try not to buy any toned coins. They will just have a shorter lifespan unless they are preserved.
  17. Cheech9712

    Cheech9712 Every thing is a guess

    Some tone so much that it masks the details. Imo. Then I'm truly lost guessing grades
  18. SammyMann

    SammyMann New Member

    Anything created before 1985 should never be photographed with camera eye looking up at subject matter. Avoid the potential double all costs... :)
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  19. Kidmelody

    Kidmelody Member

    Nice..i found this one today.

  20. NumisNinja

    NumisNinja Active Member

    Your most flawless clad half dollar has a big scratch in the center of the reverse.
  21. Shrews1994

    Shrews1994 KIND OF A BIG DEAL.

    Yeah I know. But it's my only one that has way less scratches then my others.
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