To dip, or not to dip? That's what I'm asking.

Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by CoinJockey73, May 14, 2021.

  1. CoinJockey73

    CoinJockey73 Here comes trouble... Dealer

    Got this in the mail today. Worth nothing more than spot. Was about 14 bucks total with shipping. Do i dip to take a look, or pocket piece with my two walkers and see how she wears? Suggestions, please. I'm new to wear and tear on coins. Thank you.
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  3. baseball21

    baseball21 Well-Known Member

    Dont dip it. Heavily worn coins look really weird dipped
  4. potty dollar 1878

    potty dollar 1878 Well-Known Member

    Agreed i had to learn the hard way one time.
  5. CoinJockey73

    CoinJockey73 Here comes trouble... Dealer

    Let's see
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  6. Kentucky

    Kentucky Supporter! Supporter

    Looks nice the way it is
  7. ldhair

    ldhair Clean Supporter

    If you dip the coin it will look like a piece of crap.
  8. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    Best to leave that coin alone. The more wear a coin has the stranger it looks when dipped.
  9. CoinJockey73

    CoinJockey73 Here comes trouble... Dealer

    Thank you for all the honest responses. The coin has that tacky feel that some old, more dirty coins have, not that smooth patina finish. I'll carry for a week or two. Show the coin gods that she's found a good, new home.
  10. longshot

    longshot Enthusiast Supporter

    Could swish it in acetone. But I don't think using it for a pocket piece will do anything real positive for it either. Though like you say, not a lot to lose.
  11. John Burgess

    John Burgess Well-Known Member

    Dip is meant for uncirculated coins only and it's a fine line how many times you can dip them before it impairs the luster. Every dip removes microns of silver sulfide from the surfaces. On a uncirculated coin it can take it a few times but on even a lightly circulated coin it will strip off the remaining luster in those areas and look blotchy compared to the unworn surfaces.

    There's nothing to be gained by dipping a circulated coin really and a lot to lose. You could do it if it's terminally toned to correct the much worse problem of the terminal toning, but that would be the only reason really to do it.

    I think if you can't tell a high end AU58 from a low end MS60, you've got no business really messing around with a coin dip because a disaster is the likely result if it's AU.

    This coin. Carry it if you like. It will go even lower as far as grade over time, but the new wear might improve its overall appearance. The date is strong and you didn't pay much for it.
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  12. CoinJockey73

    CoinJockey73 Here comes trouble... Dealer

    I've been carrying around two walkers that i picked up three weeks ago, had that same tackiness, coming out pretty nice and clean now. I'll post pics later.
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  13. longshot

    longshot Enthusiast Supporter

    Honestly, I think this half looks good with the skin on it. Maybe others will opine here.
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  14. spirityoda

    spirityoda Coin Junky Supporter

    No to dipping. Leave it as is.
    Last edited: May 14, 2021
  15. thomas mozzillo

    thomas mozzillo Supporter! Supporter

    Will it hurt the coin to soak it in warm water and a drop of dishwashing soap? Rinse with clean water. Just don't scrub it or wipe it dry
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  16. GDJMSP

    GDJMSP Numismatist Moderator

    I'm pretty much positive it's already been dipped so just leave it alone.
  17. CoinJockey73

    CoinJockey73 Here comes trouble... Dealer

    Maybe a few times. Not much left to dip. I'm gonna leave her be, in that dept, but may carry her a bit. See how she wears.
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  18. ldhair

    ldhair Clean Supporter

    As is the coin has a bit of contrast going on. I fell that contrast helps the look of the coin.
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  19. KSorbo

    KSorbo Well-Known Member

    I have no idea what could be the issue with the coin as is. It looks perfectly market acceptable to me. Just honest wear.
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  20. eddiespin

    eddiespin Fast Eddie

    I agree a coin dip is a little late a consideration with respect to this one. I believe it should get acetone. Do it in a glass jar, covered. That will, in a manner of speaking, "open up its pores," giving it its best shot at aging naturally. The whole idea is, you don't know what's on there, now.
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  21. CoinJockey73

    CoinJockey73 Here comes trouble... Dealer

    I don't have a problem with it, at all. Just have never seen a dipped coin in person.
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