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1848 Large Cent - What's With The Rust?

 
 
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 Posted 01/14/2018  11:42 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Aoraki to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
https://www.ebay.com/itm/1848-U-S-B...AOSwKIpWDWDu

Nice strike, nice detail but what's with the rusty looking spotting? I don't recall seeing anything lile this.
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 Posted 01/14/2018  11:48 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Crazyb0 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Incomplete paint removal? Either that or it wasn't cleaned completely from the dirt it was smeared with(doubtful, surface too smooth)
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 Posted 01/14/2018  11:57 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add MikeF to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Old lightly circulated coins sometimes exhibit different toning around the edges of the devices. This is because the fields come in contact with dirty fingers more often. The edges of the devices are spared from the abuse of circulation. On this example you can also see the change in toning hugging the edges of the lettering.
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 Posted 01/15/2018  12:03 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add MikeF to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Case in point. Look at the contrast in toning on this original Seated dollar:

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 Posted 01/15/2018  12:26 am  Show Profile   Check spruett001's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add spruett001 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Nice example, Mike! I think the question has been answered.
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 Posted 01/15/2018  12:31 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Aoraki to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
We're not looking at the same thing! What I see are mottled rust-coloured specks across both the devices and fields.
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 Posted 01/15/2018  12:34 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Aoraki to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Just realised that the photo resolution is much finer via my eBay app than via the web link. Go that that way and I think you'll see what I mean.
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 Posted 01/15/2018  12:47 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coconutjoe to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The unevenness of the color can be caused my many different things.

Most likely, some type of gunk got on the coin, and it probably was cleaned at a later time which caused to have different colors.

It could have been cleaned, dipped, some type of chemical, who knows...
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 Posted 01/15/2018  09:34 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add chesterb to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I agree with coconut on this. It appears that it had some gunk built up which is not unusual for these old coppers and, in the process of removing it, it left some uneven toning or possibly left behind some environmental damage.

This is an example of a coin to avoid, especially, at that price. There are far too many large cents out there that with a little more time and patience one with better eye appeal and without problems will pop up.
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 Posted 01/15/2018  09:42 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add moxking to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Not a coin I'd consider.
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 Posted 01/15/2018  12:43 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Aoraki to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
CJ's theory sounds reasonable.

(Not a coin I would consider either. Just intrigued by the strange appearance.)
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 Posted 01/15/2018  1:08 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
chesterb's theory is also plausible (discoloration left over from verdigris removal).
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 Posted 01/15/2018  2:35 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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chesterb's theory is also plausible (discoloration left over from verdigris removal).
I can see it.
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