Would u say these are red but dirty or a red/brown

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  3. SensibleSal66

    SensibleSal66 U.S Casual Collector / Error Collector

    Watch this ........ One coin per thread please . :hilarious:
  4. desertgem

    desertgem Senior Errer Collecktor Supporter

    A white sheet of paper as a background under the coins would help. At best some are red/brown, IMO, Jim
  5. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & Eccentric Moderator

    Red-brown. They're not bad, but the red has mellowed.
  6. paddyman98

    paddyman98 I'm a professional expert in specializing! Supporter

    Would u say these are red but dirty or a red/brown

    It's called.. Natural Toning o_O
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  7. kanga

    kanga 65 Year Collector Supporter

    About half of them are Brown.
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  8. John Burgess

    John Burgess Well-Known Member

    if a copper coin has retained about 90% of its original orange-red color it will be designated as "Red"

    A common measurement for the next category is that between 10% and 90% (but less than 90%) of the original orange-red color remains. This is termed as a "red brown" coin.

    for the 3rd, When 10% of the surface or less has lost its original as minted color, and the surface of the coin is almost entirely a brown color, this is considered a "brown" coin.

    I'd say 4 of them are "Brown" and 6 are red/brown, none are red for sure but I might be off on 4 of them being brown, due to their position and that lighting.

    79D and 73D being the best of the red/brown, and 70S, 75D, 76D, 77D being the ones I think may be too far to brown.
    the 70S I'm pretty sure of. the others might be lighting.

    When you put all of them in the same pictures like that, the light hits them all differently because they aren't in the same position and location from the light.

    the vast majority of circulation finds are going to be brown or red/brown, almost never red unless recently minted or saved away and then you lucked into it when it got released before it's had much time to circulate.
    Red is a hard bar to pass.
  9. RonSanderson

    RonSanderson Supporter! Supporter

    Your cent needs to approach this color and uniformity before it would be considered fully red. In this photo the darker areas are where less light is hitting the coin, so the red color is not as apparent.
    01c 1975-D full 05.jpg

    Here is an animation that shows how the lighting affects the apparent redness.

    01c 1975-D full 01.gif
  10. Mr.Q

    Mr.Q Well-Known Member

    It would be multiple opinions. One of each, RB and R, would have gotten you the best answers. Try it, you'll like it. Good luck.
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  11. Mac McDonald

    Mac McDonald Well-Known Member

    Some Brown, a few Red-Brown (or more aptly, Brown-Red).
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  12. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Supporter! Supporter

    Why would you even want to know? If you are trying to use color for grading, use @John Burgess post above.
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  13. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    Some are red, some are red brown and some are brown. Toning is a wonderful thing.
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  14. capthank

    capthank Well-Known Member

    Excellent example. Thanks
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  16. PassthePuck

    PassthePuck Well-Known Member

    Wow...that's a beautiful coin! Too bad, it had a small scratch under the "I" in, in.
    But I have seen a coin like this graded at MS 69. As you know the trick is finding the coin with full steps with zero scratches. Great coin!
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  17. dimeguy

    dimeguy Dime Enthusiast

    I wish I had this as a framed print for my den/coin room.
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  18. PassthePuck

    PassthePuck Well-Known Member

    You can! Just right-click copy on the image and save to your desktop. Then download the file to a thumb drive and take it to Costco and have it printed to the size you want!
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