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 Posted 08/11/2017  3:15 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add moses2766 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
In going through some dimes of my mother I noticed that some have different lusters. I'm not talking about some used more than others. Looking at some of the dimes that are in almost uncirculated condition one has a clear luster and the other a more matalic finish. Both are in great condition and same year. What makes the difference? Thanks for the answers ahead of time.
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 Posted 08/11/2017  4:31 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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 Posted 08/11/2017  4:33 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add kanga to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Just from your verbal description I'd say the difference is die state (early vs. late).
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 Posted 08/11/2017  5:18 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I agree. Details are lost as the die wears, which affects the overall look of the coin.
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 Posted 08/11/2017  5:48 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add smauggie to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Just from your verbal description I'd say the difference is die state (early vs. late).


That is the most likely answer to the question, but there could be other factors as well. Hard to know without seeing the coins.
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 Posted 08/11/2017  6:02 pm  Show Profile   Check coin197's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add coin197 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Maybe one has been polished, and the other hasn't?
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 Posted 08/11/2017  6:06 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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That is the most likely answer to the question, but there could be other factors as well. Hard to know without seeing the coins.
True.

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 Posted 08/11/2017  6:31 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add moxking to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Photos of your comparison coins would help us answer more specifically.

Luster is often changed in color because of environmental contact - where the coin has been. That's called toning and that also may be the answer to your question.
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 Posted 08/11/2017  11:37 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add moses2766 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you all. As soon as I learn how to post pictures.....I will.
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 Posted 08/12/2017  12:20 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add CoinCentsLady to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
This link should help you with your photos :)

https://www.coincommunity.com/forum/tutorials.asp
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