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Arrgghhh...why Do Fools Polish Good Silver Dollars?

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 Posted 11/17/2012  2:33 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add basebal21 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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I agree, basebal21. I've liked my coins white, but I'm learning to accept some toning, spots, etc. to be as close as possible to the coin's original skin. "Blast white" classic coins probably aren't such a blast in the long run.


Personally I like blast white and probably wont change on that but who knows. A blast white coin can always tone but a toned coin cant return to blast white.
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 Posted 11/17/2012  3:46 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Bacchus2 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
There was a period of time that cleaning coins was perfectly acceptible to the collecting community. Even worse than that, (a few hundred years ago) collectors of large medalic ancients used to stamp their "collection" mark on them, write catalogue numbers in Indian ink on them and do all sorts of things that people would faint over now.

So, yes, ignorance up to a point - but some cleaning type damage was done because it was the norm at that time.
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 Posted 11/17/2012  10:35 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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One word - IGNORANCE
I agree. Most of the time this happens because they just do not know any better.
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 Posted 11/19/2012  1:51 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add JobIII to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Some people just see coins for their silver content. :(
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 Posted 11/20/2012  01:38 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add glenzy1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
For some reason people (non-Numismatists) associate coins with cars. The shinier the car, the more attention it will attract and the greater the chance of it being sold?

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 Posted 11/20/2012  5:01 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Bryan1315 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Its stuff like this that really makes me scream WHY! As it was never considered "alright" within the collecting community. http://www.ebay.com/itm/1838-AU-CAP...em564e769ca5

For those of you that can't surf eBay at work here is the picture

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 Posted 11/21/2012  09:57 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add JobIII to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I think that coin would fall technically fall into the category of love tokens. I believe this was an accepted practice at one time or another. Not saying it's right to deface one side of these coins, but they are fun to see.
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 Posted 11/21/2012  1:28 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Bryan1315 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
most love tokens I have seen had initials of the loved one on one side and those I love and have quite a few of them. I have never seen anything like this being called a love token as usually the one side is machined down to be smooth before it is etched with the initials. This just looks like a damaged Half Dollar to me
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 Posted 11/21/2012  5:44 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add glenzy1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Be nice to know who they are. We could take them out to a back alley and educate 'em!

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 Posted 11/21/2012  10:53 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinaholic73 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'm buying and selling a little on ebay at the moment, and this is something I've come accross that's really annoying and nothing to do with silver...

bronze/copper buffing! Whoever did this lobbed a zero off the value of the coin probably.

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 Posted 11/22/2012  01:24 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add craig piette to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I had a guy suggest I polish that icky dark dollar ... a 1799 flowing hair ... I had to educate him ...
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