Rainbow toned??

Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by John Skelton, Oct 16, 2019.

  1. John Skelton

    John Skelton Morgan man!

    So I went to a club meeting and during the auction picked up this dime that now I wish I had looked a little closer at it before I bid. I don't know why it was described as being rainbow toned but I thought I would post it to see what you all thought of it. It was near the last thing on the list and I got it in the heat of the moment.
    Mercury dime 1942P 001.jpg
    Mercury Dime 1942P 002.jpg

    And it was graded VF, which I don't understand. I would have graded it AF for Awful!
     
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  3. Islander80-83

    Islander80-83 Well-Known Member

    Well, I wasn't expecting this when I saw your title! I would question the person in your club who listed it as rainbow toning.....but it's to late now!

    Hope you got it for under melt.
     
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  4. C-B-D

    C-B-D U.S. Type Coins or death!

  5. Stevearino

    Stevearino Supporter! Supporter

    Maybe the guy who listed it is color blind.

    Steve
     
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  7. Paul M.

    Paul M. Well-Known Member

    I agree with you @John Skelton. Not a coin I'd like to own.

    Personally, I would describe that as "toned." It doesn't count as "rainbow" unless there are at least 3 distinct colors visible, IMO. I could understand someone calling it "rainbow" if there were 2 colors, but not this.
     
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  8. Lehigh96

    Lehigh96 Toning Enthusiast

    Yeah, that thing is toast, hope you got it for melt. That isn't rainbow toning, that is basically terminal toning.
     
  9. Paul M.

    Paul M. Well-Known Member

    I wouldn't call it "terminal" until it's gone black, but yeah, the obverse is getting there. I have a couple of coins that have that kind of brown/russett toning going on that I like. This would not be one of them, if I owned this coin.
     
  10. Randy Abercrombie

    Randy Abercrombie Supporter! Supporter

    That's the kind of toning that a dime in a Whitman book for most of it's life looks like. Not very attractive at all.
     
  11. fretboard

    fretboard Defender of Old Coinage!

    I would call it fugly toned, I'm sure after buying it you agree. :D Fortunately it's a small ticket item. Just place it in your junk silver jar and move onward to another coin if you wish. Better luck next time! :D
     
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  12. John Skelton

    John Skelton Morgan man!

    Yeah, I think it's the worst $2.25 I ever spent. I may throw it into a future auction just to get rid of it. If I do what should I price it at?
     
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  13. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    Let me ask you this as a matter of learning. Does it look like a rainbow? I'm sure you answered no, so it's not a rainbow.
     
  14. Islander80-83

    Islander80-83 Well-Known Member

    Based on his avatar, @Gilbert might know. :happy:

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  15. atcarroll

    atcarroll Well-Known Member

    Somebody swallowed that dime and then fished it out of the toilet the next day, ugh.
     
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  16. green18

    green18 Sweet on Commemorative Coins Supporter

    May have cured the urinary problems though........
     
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  17. green18

    green18 Sweet on Commemorative Coins Supporter

    Oh dear, it ain't copper.......:)
     
  18. Mainebill

    Mainebill Wild Bill

    Brown and ugly. Worth melt
     
  19. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    This is a rainbow coin, not mine but it's a nice example.
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  20. Paul M.

    Paul M. Well-Known Member

    The reverse ruins it for me.
     
  21. Stevearino

    Stevearino Supporter! Supporter

    Bet that little puppy was in a blue Whitman folder.

    Steve
     
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