Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by Beardigger, Oct 27, 2021.
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Nothing mediocre about that dollar. If you're into that kind of thing.
Cleaned but not harshly cleaned. In other words there are no hairlines or signs of abrasive cleaning that show up in your picture. Properly conserved is the term I prefer. The lack of luster can be attributed to circulation wear. The picture does not show a dull coin with lifeless surfaces which can be caused by excessive chemical cleaning. (Dip) You have some light (nice) straw colored toning blooming. The coin certainly has some stories to tell but nothing to hide. Enjoy!
It not that none of us haven't purchased a cleaned coin before. It happens sometimes by mistake ,sometimes on purpose. Mike at the mod and "toughcoins" just started a thread on detail coins.
Yes I have by mistake and on purpose...the example I put up is a 1869 half dime....keys as well semi keys in this series have such low mintages the 1847,most of 1863 -69 are tough dates.
Sometimes one must accept a detail or problem coin...as if you don't you may never have an opportunity to find another,detailed or not.
It comes down to this short question " what can I live with"?
At the end of the day its your call....your collection.. and the only person you need please is you.
Exactly around melt is just right you did just fine.
And here's something else...a 10 meg camera shows everything...everything!
The 28 s I just purchased looks great in hand image It with the 10 meg... And it looks horrible.
I purchased it for an album not top pop....so im ok that it looks fine in hand .
A friend of mine and I were discussing the possibility of using a 10 meg camera to id stolen coins.
Lets say you imaged your collection and had great images.coins like finger prints have patterns , nicks,bumps marks in general. If stolen for the most part one could id the stolen coins. Even if other marks were put on them... but a thief isnt worried about that...they only want the money. So they just dump them for cash.
For $20 bucks you did great, and you got invaluable education. Enjoy the coin!
I see no signs of harsh/improper cleaning on the obv, but I do on the rev. The obv however has been damaged with gouges and scratches. That makes the coin a problem coin for 2 different reasons.
But, you paid basic junk silver price so no real harm done financially.
Do you not believe that the coin was either carried or tumbled to make it look as natural 100 + years of circulation? I see this quite often to hide those hair lines.
There's never any way that anybody could ever know, stress know, that is what happened. Sure, one could speculate that's what happened, but at best it's only a guess because the same kind of wear occurs from normal circulation.
And besides that, it doesn't make any difference if that's what happened or not. The coin is damaged, the rev has been harshly cleaned, and that's all anybody really needs to know.
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