Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by whoopig, Jun 3, 2005.
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Too close to call from these photos. Need actual coins and a closer look at exactly what is happening, to be sure.
The devices on the reverse all look fine. It is just the background of the reverse only. The obverse has no such marks. I will send it to ANACS for slabbing since they will slab if it is whizzing or cleaning or whatever and net grade it if it has problems.
I'm not saying that at all - my thought is that the striations are the result of a worn die and die polishing.
Whizzing is the polishing of the coin, which would tend to be most prominent on the raised devices because they are the highest points on the coin. From the photos, it looks like these striations are only in the fields and not on the raised devices.
Based on that, I would say that the striations are caused by overpolishing of the die. Overpolishing can cause the light refraction to look different than the normal luster of a coin. If the coin exhibits any wear from circulation, the striations might appear to have wear at the highest points of the groove and no wear at the lowest points, showing as a break in the luster between the grooves.
An overpolished die will not take much away from the value of a coin.
Your dollar looks nice!
If the coin were whizzed you would not see any scratches, rather the cartwheel would be broken and shatter in all directions. Whizzing is very deceptive and you need to see lots of whizzed coins to pick it up.
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